I came accross this, from Michael Graziano from Princeton - excuse my ignorance, but never heard of him. Anyone know about the book or his frame of reference (ie fact based or trying to prove a dogma position) - looks interesting.

Michael Graziano publishes new book: God, Soul, Mind, Brain: A Neuroscientist's Reflections on the Spirit World

Professor Michael Graziano has written a new book on the relationship

between neuroscience and religion. Entitled God, Soul, Mind, Brain: A

Neuroscientist's Reflections on the Spirit World, the book is written for a

general audience. Graziano, whose primary research area is neocortical

control of motor function, has broadened his scope considerably to ask

questions about the neural basis of belief in the unseen. Books on the science

of belief have often been written from an anthropological, genetic, or

evolutionary point of view. Graziano invokes neural mechanisms of the

social brain, i.e. the biological basis of belief systems and reading

of the motivations of others, to construct an explanation for where

religion comes from.

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Comment by B. on June 14, 2010 at 7:10pm
ooh! I'd like to read that. I've never heard of him either (but I don't know much about neuroscience or leading neuroscientists..)

I'm doubtful his work would be anything BUT strictly scientific. With a PhD in neuroscience and a professorship at Princeton, I think it's highly unlikely he believes in God or any spiritual realm, let alone would write a book in its defense under the banner of "science". Our understanding of the physiology of belief has never been stronger, and new discoveries are constantly being made. If he's at the forefront of this field, I imagine he has a lot of new information and can shed considerable light on the human mind in the context on religion.

I'd be depressed if he takes anything other than a hard-science, evidence-based argument and entertains the possibility of an actual "spiritual" realm. Guess we'll just have to read it and find out!
Comment by Ian Brennan on August 20, 2010 at 10:44am
This book has been published, anyone read it - its on order for me, but would like to hear any views


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