On November 20, 2014 In 3 for Thursday, Atheism, consciousness, Evangelicalism, Featured, Medicine, Neuroscience, On Faith, Personal Identity, Self-Awareness
From split-brain patients to brain-control interfaces, every new scientific discovery appears to be slowly taking away the role and necessity of the soul and giving it to the brain.
Ghosts at the movies will always produce box office millions, but in real life, they are merely the special effects of your brain. Here's why.
On November 4, 2014 In Atheism, Bias, Creationism, Evolution, Mortality, Neuroscience, Primates, Reviews in the Wild, Secular Humanism, Self-Awareness, Theology
Human existence is a complicated one ranging from serving the poor and downtrodden to beheading enemies. But is there meaning it?
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