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The Wondering Brain: Thinking about Religion With and Beyond Cognitive Neuroscience

 
 
 
 
The Wondering Brain: Thinking about Religion With and Beyond Cognitive Neuroscience
Author: Kelly Bulkeley
ISBN 13: 9780415938419
ISBN 10: 415938414
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2004-11-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
List Price: $37.95
 
 

The explosion of new research in cognitive neuroscience has revealed fascinating dimensions of the human brain/mind system. But even as it brings us closer to understanding how the mind works, science is producing more, and perhaps even larger questions. What further powers and abilities are latent within us?

The Wondering Brain argues that the profound questions raised by cognitive neuroscience may best be answered through a dialogue with religion. Kelly Bulkeley argues that cognitive neuroscience, seen in the light of religion, is a unique source of insight into the natural groundings of faith, morality, love, ecstasy, and revelation. And religion, seen in the light of cognitive neuroscience, is a powerful cultural system whose most valuable function is to stretch and expand our basic cognitive capacities.

Kelly Bulkeley's deep engagement with both religious thinking and the workings of cognitive neuroscience is a constantly surprising book, full of stories that cat