Where God and science meet : how brain and evolutionary studies alter our understanding of religion
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- McNamara, Patrick, 1956-
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
- v. 1. Evolution, genes, and the religious brain
- v. 2. The neurology of religious experience
- v. 3. The psychology of religious experience.
- Contents of
- v. 1: The evolutionary psychology of religion / Steven Pinker
- Sacred emotions and affective neuroscience : gratitude, costly signaling, and the brain / Robert A. Emmons and Patrick McNamara
- Genetic and environmental influences on the traditional moral values triad--authoritarianism, conservatism, and religiousness--as assessed by quantitative behavior genetics methods / Laura B. Koenig and Thomas J. Bouchard Jr.
- Religious behaviors, badges, and bans : signaling theory and the evolution of religion / Richard Sosis
- Nature's medicine : religiosity as an adaptation for health and cooperation / Joseph Bulbulia
- The cognitive psychology of belief in the supernatural / Jesse M. Bering
- The ritual healing theory : therapeutic suggestion and the origin of religion / James McClenon
- Religion is not an adaptation / Lee A. Kirkpatrick
- The cognitive and evolutionary roots of religion / Scott Atran
- Amazing grace : religion and the evolution of the human mind / Ilkka Pyysiäinen
- The significance of the evolution of religious belief and behavior for religious studies and theology / Wesley J. Wildman.
- Contents of
- v. 2: The chemistry of religiosity : evidence from patients with Parkinson's disease / Patrick McNamara ... [et al.]
- Religious and spiritual practices : a neurochemical perspective / Andrew B. Newberg
- Neuroimaging studies of religious experience : a critical review / Nina P. Azari
- Religion and the life course : is adolescence and "experience expectant" period for religious transmission? / Candace S. Alcorta
- Neurotheology : a science of what? / Matthew Ratcliffe
- Religion as a by-product of evolved psychology : the case of attachment and implications for brain and religion research / Pehr Granquist
- Religious conversion, spiritual transformation, and the neurocognition of meaning making / Raymond E. Paloutzian, Erica L. Swenson, and Patrick McNamara
- Religion and the brain : evidence from temporal lobe epilepsy / Steven C. Schachter
- The frontal lobes and the evolution of cooperation and religion / Patrick McNamara
- Mind design and the capacity for ritual performance / Carl Seaquist
- The brain, religion, and baseball : comments on the potential for a neurology of religion and religious experience / Warren S. Brown.
- Contents of
- v. 3: The neuropharmacology of religious experience : hallucinogens and the experience of the divine / David E. Nichols and Benjamin R. Chemel
- The relationship between religion and health / Andrew B. Newberg and Bruce Y. Lee
- Religion, meaning, and the brain / Crystal L. Park and Patrick McNamara
- The darker side of religion : risk factors for poorer health and well-being / Gina Magyar-Russell and Kenneth Pargament
- The common core thesis in the study of mysticism / Ralph W. Hood, Jr.
- Cross-cultural assessments of shamanism as a biogenetic foundation for religion / Michael Winkelman
- Schizophrenia, neurology, and religion : what can psychosis teach us about the evolutionary role of religion? / Steven A. Rogers and Raymond F. Paloutzian
- Between yang and yin and heaven and hell : untangling the complex relationship between religion and intolerance / Ian Hansen and Ara Norenzayan
- The origins of dreaming / Kelly Bulkeley
- Chemical input, religious output : entheogens : a pharmatheology sampler / Thomas B. Roberts
- An illusion of the future : temptations and possibilities / Keith G. Meador.
Spiritual practices, or awakenings, have an impact on the brain, mind and personality. These changes are being scientifically predicted and proven. For example, studies show that people undergoing intense religious feelings experience a functional change in the lobes of their brain similar to epilepsy, which Hippocrates called "the sacred disease." New research is showing that not only does a person's brain activity change in particular areas while that person is experiencing religious epiphany, but such events can be created for some people, even self-professed atheists, by stimulating various parts of the brain. In this far-reaching and novel three-volume set, experts from around the world present evolutionary, neuroscientific and psychological approaches to explaining and exploring religion, including the newest findings and evidence that have spurred the fledgling field of neurotheology. It is not the goal of neurotheology to prove or disprove the existence of God, but to understand the biology of spiritual experiences. Understanding them - as well as how and why these abilities evolved in the brain - could also help us understand how religion contributes to survival of the human race. Eminent contributors to this set help us answer questions including: How does religion better our brain function? What is the difference between a religious person and a terrorist who kills in the name of religion? Is there one site or function in the brain necessary for religious experience?
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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- Publication date
- Psychology, religion, and spirituality, 1546-8070
- Praeger perspectives
- 0275987884 (set)
- 9780275987886 (set)
- 0275987892 (v. 1)
- 9780275987893 (v. 1)
- 0275987906 (v. 2)
- 9780275987909 (v. 2)
- 0275987914 (v. 3)
- 9780275987916 (v. 3)
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