There was a day when people thought with their hearts. Well, maybe they did not actually think with their literal hearts, but they thought the heart is where the mind could be found...anyway, you get the picture. If neuroscience has demonstrated anything, it is that the brain is where the mind is at today.
The narrator of E. L. Doctorow’s new novel is Andrew. Or, more accurately, Andrew’s brain. Or, perhaps most accurately, some consciousness that refers to itself as Andrew. It’s hard to get your bearings in this novel of neuroscience, because Andrew is the ultimate unreliable narrator: he knows that “there is nothing you can think
In this week's 3 for Thursday, V.S. Ramachandran gives us three clues for understanding the brain. He also demonstrates that we all have Synesthesia.
On January 5, 2014 In Atheism, Bias, Catholics, Evangelicalism, Evolution, Groupthink, Neuroscience, Nonfiction Reviews, Secular Humanism, Theology
"Secular societies climbed the ladder of religion, and then kicked it away," says Ara Norenzayan in Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Security breeds secularity. "There are indications that some societies with strong institutions and material well-being may have passed a threshold, no longer needing religion to sustain large-scale cooperation."
On December 14, 2013 In Atheism, consciousness, Interviews, Mortality, Myth, Neuroscience, Personal Identity, Secular Humanism, Self-Awareness, Theology
Last weekend I reviewed Patricia Churchland’s Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain, which explores the reality of the brain behind what we know as “the self.” There is a Copernican moment occurring in brain science that raises serious questions about the nature of who and what we are, creating an potential existential crisis
A pillar of most religious belief is the idea of the self as soul. There are always variations on this theme, but the immaterial side---especially in Western thought---is that which is the true you and that which makes spirituality possible. The self as soul has been assumed to be the case by theologians and
I recently posted about new advances in the area of non-invasive brain to brain interfaces (BBI). BBI allows two brains to interact with each other. (How could anyone not love science?) The original story involved the interaction of a human and rat brain; researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston were able to move
Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How it Drives Civilization by Stephen Cave Crown, 2012 338 pages (Kindle) Available Amazon When faced with the real possibility of immortality through consciousness-prolonging technology (see “3 Freaky Visions of Immortality“), comedian Lewis Black’s retort on the Daily Show may have said it all. “To me the