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The Sacred Neuron Extraordinary New Discoveries Linking Science and Religion von Bowker, John (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 25.02.2005
  • Verlag: Durnell MDL
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The Sacred Neuron

Why do we think that things happen in the way that they do?_x000D_Why do we think that some things are beautiful, and other things ugly?_x000D_Why do we think that some things are good, and other things evil?_x000D_Why do we think that some things are true, and other things false?_x000D__x000D_These are old and traditional questions. In the past they have been answered by separating our emotional from our rational responses. But recent work in the neurosciences suggests that the questions now deserve very different answers. In his fascinating and original new book, John Bowker shows that reason and emotion work much more closely together in forming human opinions and judgements than has previously been supposed. This discovery has stunning implications for the increasingly dangerous relationship between different religions and cultures, and also for the human sense of God. The Sacred Neuron is a masterful survey of some key topics in science and religion, which will be sure to amaze and delight the author's many admirers._x000D__x000D__x000D_'Whether goodness will survive modernity is one of the most urgent questions of our age. In this lucid and erudite work, John Bowker discovers the surprising outlines of an answer.' _x000D_- Bryan Appleyard, author and journalist_x000D__x000D_'Never was a book more timely for the world. Just when it seems that moral absolutes have either been swept away or have staged a frightening and unyielding comeback, John Bowker steps forward to explain how we can find some sure footing in the world of aesthetic and moral ambiguities. Citing the latest scientific research and drawing on cultural references that range from Stravinsky to Bertrand Russell, and from George Orwell to John Betjeman, he offers us new insights into how we can claim something is beautiful or something is good. Then with meticulous scholarship, he traces the origin of religions in the human community and explains how and why the need for them persists. The Sacred Neuron is a seriously impressive book.' _x000D_- Joan Bakewell, writer and broadcaster_x000D__x000D_'Scholarship of this quality is so rare, particularly in the domain of ",science and religion",. Bowker's discussion of 'truth' and its relevance to an understanding of the world's religions and the animosities between them is replete with a poignant wisdom, born of his great understanding of so many religious traditions. The Sacred Neuron is an eloquent testimony to the value of informed interdisciplinary reflection.' _x000D_- John Hedley Brooke, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford_x000D__x000D_'The Sacred Neuron is a rare mixture of intellectual, religious, aesthetic and ethical history and theology, all enhanced by John Bowker's special compound of meticulous scholarship and deep faith. The book is brave and broad. Reading it mingles fascination with pleasure.'_x000D_- Peter Hennessy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary History, Queen Mary, University of London_x000D__x000D_'The Sacred Neuron is one of the first books to take seriously the impact of modern neuroscience on how our perception of the external world must affect our understanding of emotion, rationality, ethics and religion. With great charm and humour, and with extraordinary breadth of scholarship, Bowker shows how religious experience might be said to have meaning in the twenty-first century. His book will become a classic.'_x000D_- Mark Williams, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford


    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 25.02.2005
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780857716606
    Verlag: Durnell MDL
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