The Wondering Brain
Thinking About Religion with and Beyond Cognitive Neuroscience
By (author) Kelly Bulkeley
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Wondering Brain by Kelly Bulkeley
Book DescriptionThe 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 makes for a constantly surprising book, full of stories that catch the reader in the unexpected place between two supposedly irreconcilable ways of being in the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415938419
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kelly Bulkeley
Big Dreams, Hardback (April 2016)
Big Dreams is the first full-scale cognitive scientific analysis of highly memorable dreams, with an original theory about their formation, function, and meaning. The book draws on evidence from religious studies, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience to explore how big dreams are a wellspring of religious experience.
Dreaming in the World's Religions, Paperback (July 2008)
A carefully researched, accessibly written portrait of dreaming as a powerful, unpredictable, often iconoclastic force in human religious life
Soul, Psyche, Brain, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Kelly Bulkeley
Presenting a collection of essays, this book address the relationships between neuroscience, religion and human nature. It explores questions like: what can knowledge about the neurological activities of the brain tell us about consciousness? And what are the practical implications of brain-mind science for ethics and moral reasoning?
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Author Biography - Kelly Bulkeley
Kelly Bulkeley teaches at the Graduate Theological Union and John F. Kennedy University, both in the San Francisco Bay area. Former president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, he is the author of several books.
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