The Sacred Neuron
Extraordinary New Discoveries Linking Science and Religion New edition
By (author) John Bowker
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Sacred Neuron by John Bowker
Book DescriptionWhy do we think that things happen in the way that they do? Why do we think that some things are true, and other things false? Why do we maintain that some things are good, and other things evil? These are questions that have puzzled thinkers for millennia. In the past, they have been answered by separating our emotional from our rational responses. But recent research in the neurosciences suggests that the questions now deserve very different answers. In this fascinating and highly praised book, John Bowker shows that reason and emotion work much more closely together in forming opinions and judgements than has previously been supposed. If faith and belief are rooted in rationality, not separate from it (as thinkers like Richard Dawkins might propose), this discovery has stunning implications for our understanding of human identity, mind and consciousness. Illuminating some of the biggest issues that there are - issues of ethics, religion, aesthetics and truth - "The Sacred Neuron" makes a consistently original and stimulating contribution to key themes in 'science and religion'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845113995
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Bowker
Beliefs That Changed the World, Paperback (August 2015)
A history of the great religions, told through their core beliefs.
Why Religions Matter, Paperback (March 2015)
John Bowker demonstrates why we need to examine both negative and positive aspects of religion to understand religion in the modern world.
God: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (September 2014)
Who or what is God? In this Very Short Introduction John Bowker considers questions like these. Exploring how the major religions interpret the idea of God, and have established their own distinctive beliefs about God's existence, Bowker shows how and why our understanding of God continues to evolve.
Message and the Book, Hardback (October 2011)» View all books by John Bowker
A magisterial single-volume survey of the great literature of the religions of the world, from the Bible and the Quran to the Vedas and The Analects of Confucius. Quite simply, a comprehensive guide to religions and their texts in one volume.
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Author Biography - John Bowker
John Bowker is one of the best known contemporary writers on religion, and is the author of many books, including The Meanings of Death, God: A Brief History, and Problems of Suffering in Religions of the World. He was in addition general editor of the Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. He was formerly Professor of Religious Studies at Lancaster University and, before his retirement, a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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