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The Sacred Neuron: Extraordinary New Discoveries Linking Science and Religion

The Sacred Neuron: Extraordinary New Discoveries Linking Science and Religion (Hardback)

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Why do we think that things happen in the way that they do? Why do we think that some things are beautiful, and others ugly? Why do we think that some things are good, and others evil? Why do we think that some things are true, and others false? These are old and traditional questions. In the past they have been answered by separating our emotional from our rational responses. But recent work in the neurosciences suggests that the questions now deserve very different answers. In his fascinating and original new book, John Bowker shows that reason and emotion work much more closely together in forming human opinions and judgements than has previously been supposed. This discovery has stunning implications for the increasingly dangerous relationship between different religions and cultures, and also for the human sense of God. The Sacred Neuron is a masterful survey of some key topics in science and religion, which will be sure to amaze and delight the author's many admirers.

John W 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.

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