The Mind, the Brain, and God

Enrahonar 47:213 - 220 (2011)

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With all the research on mind/brain connections these days -- Your brain in lust or love! While gambling or feeling envious! While meditating, praying, or having an out-of-body experience! -- it’s natural to wonder about ’big questions’ about the relationships among the mind, the brain, and God. For instance, some people have taken the findings that some spiritual experiences have neural correlates to mean that the hand of God is at work in the brain. Others have interpreted the same research to mean that spiritual experiences are "just" neural, and thus evidence against the existence of God or other supernatural forces. These debates are updated versions of longstanding philosophical and religious wrestlings with how God and nature might or might not intertwine. What’s your own gut view, right now, as a kind of snapshot: Do you think that God is involved in some way in your thoughts and feelings? In your most intimate sense of being? In this essay, we’ll explore what mind, brain, and
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