The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience : The Great Courses: Psychology

  • by The Great Courses, Andrew Newberg
  • Narrated by Professor Andrew Newberg
  • Series: The Great Courses: Psychology
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Does God exist? Do we have a soul? Is it possible to make contact with a spiritual realm? How should we respond to the divine? Will life continue beyond death?Most people, whether deeply religious or outright doubters of any spiritual power, have probably pondered these questions for themselves. In fact, the religious impulse is so powerfully pervasive that neuroscience has posed a provocative question: Are our brains wired to worship?
Now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures from an award-winning scholar and practicing neuroscientist, you can explore the exciting field of neurotheology - the new discipline aimed at understanding the connections between our brains and different kinds of religious phenomena. Using an academic, experimental approach into what he calls "objective measures of spirituality," Professor Newberg attempts to explain what others have previously only guessed at: the neuroscientific basis for why religion and spirituality have played such a prominent role in human life.
In these captivating lectures, you'll learn how religious experiences originate, their meaning, and the reasons why religion plays such a huge role in human experience - peering directly into the seat of all human thought and action as you delve into the relationship between brain function and spirituality.
A leading researcher in neurotheology, Professor Newberg offers you innovative approaches to ancient beliefs and practices. Using brain imaging and other cutting-edge physiological studies, he helps you to better understand how the brain controls or responds to religious and spiritual beliefs and behavior.
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Neuro-theology apparently.

You might like this if you are (like our speaker) religious. Otherwise you might find the lack of objectively disappointing. Andrew Newberg is, as he keeps telling us, a scientist, but he is also an advocate for religion. The idea of spiritual emotions as psychological coping methods generated in the brain by evolution is not discussed. Not is the fact that most religions are man-made structures of control and power. Still I expect there is plenty of funds availability for this kind of research, especially in the US.
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- David

A interesting course

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes quite a light and interesting series, although some of the later lectures I found less interesting

Any additional comments?

Good but not great

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- Kev Nw1

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses