Archive for August, 2010
Are human spiritual beliefs just an byproduct of evolution or a product of our psychological readiness to accept vivid, memorable tales about the world around us? And for that matter, is the soul “nothing more than an emanation of our neuronal machinery”?
The think-tank website Big Questions Online, offers an article that discusses these questions in a way that you may find interesting:
Why We See Spirits and Souls
Understanding the neurobiology of religious belief is a far cry from explaining it away.
By Michael Graziano
Scientific anti-theism began, arguably, with Thomas Huxley, the 19th-century champion of the theory of evolution who styled himself “Darwin’s bulldog.” Huxley advocated improving the Bible by removing “statements to which men of science absolutely and entirely demure.” Since then, the view that science should correct people’s mistaken religious beliefs, and even more so that science is fundamentally antithetical to religion, has grown in popularity. It is now championed by influential public figures like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.
A primary basis for scientific anti-theism is that much of religion can potentially be explained by science…
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There is a growing movement to think about and discuss ideas about morality that are free from the “God Hypothesis” – as reincarnationists, is there any way that we can conceive of reincarnation free from a guiding hand of some kind? This concept seems like fuel for a lot of wonderful deep thinking! If you have any thoughts on this matter, we hope that you decide to share them in Comments.
On this note, please enjoy psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s recent presentation at the Edge conference. Haidt, a prominent social psychologist and researcher spoke on “The New Science of Morality” – Click here and then scroll down until you see the video window for Haidt’s talk. You won’t be sorry you did!Share