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Book Title: God and the Brain: The Physiology of Spiritual Experience|
The author of the book: Andrew B. Newberg
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Edition: Sounds True
Date of issue: February 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781591798026
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Is it our biological destiny to seek the divine? Is faith in a higher power a survival trait? On "God and the Brain," Dr. Andrew Newberg presents intriguing evidence that the human brain is a "believing machine" and that our capacity for self-transcendence and spirituality helps drive our evolution as a species.
This pioneer of brain studies presents the first audio course on his groundbreaking research into the fascinating links between faith, neurobiology, and the mysteries of the psyche, including: Why this emerging science enriches both the faithful and the skepticalHow prayer and meditation enhance your health tips for tailoring a spiritual regimen that suits your individual needsHow the world's spiritual paths uniquely shape the brain and mindThe "myth-making brain" the survival value of our storytelling and human imaginationThe biology of forgiveness why this critical spiritual skill is so important to your physical and psychological wellness
No matter what you believe or don't believe about God, the parts of your brain that manifest spiritual experience have a profound impact on your entire identity. With his balanced approach of spiritual wonder and scientific rigor, Dr. Andrew Newberg is a leader in exploring the uncharted territory where our human bodies overlap with our experience of the sacred. On "God and the Brain," he shares core insights that will deepen your understanding of our most human gift the experience of the divine.
Course objectives: Describe how our spiritual beliefs and practices affect our physical and mental healthCompile a detailed account of the entire nervous system, the different areas of the brain and what they are responsible for, both physically and emotionallyDiscuss the history of religion and how its importance and practices have shifted in the past centuryDiscuss the results of Newberg's studies of spirituality, and discuss why spirituality is hard to measure in a test-like hypothesisAssess the basic ways in which spiritual practices differ from one another, and also how they share some common characteristics"
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Read information about the authorDr. Andrew Newberg is Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He is considered a pioneer in the neuroscientific study of religious and spiritual experiences, a field frequently referred to as – neurotheology. His work attempts to better understand the nature of religious and spiritual practices and experiences. This has been compiled into his latest book, Principles of Neurotheology, which reviews the important principles and foundations of neurotheology. Believing that it is important to keep science rigorous and religion religious, he has engaged the topic like few others. He has been fascinated by the implications of this research for the study of the mind, brain, consciousness, morality, theology, and philosophy. He has also been particularly interested in the relationship between the brain, religion, and health. His research has included brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and various trance states. He has also performed surveys of people's spiritual experiences and attitudes. Finally, he has evaluated the relationship between religious and spiritual phenomena and health. This includes a recent study on the effect of meditation on memory.
In his career, he has also actively pursued neuroimaging research projects on the study of aging and dementia, Parkinson's disease, depression, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. He has also researched the neurophysiological correlates of acupuncture, meditation, and alternative therapies, and how brain function is associated with mystical and religious experiences. Dr. Newberg helped develop stress-management programs for the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems and received a Science and Religion Course Award from the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences for his program entitled "The Biology of Spirituality" in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He is currently teaching a course in the Department of Religious Studies entitled, “Science and the Sacred: An Introduction to Neurotheology.”
Dr. Newberg has published over 150 research articles, essays and book chapters, and is the co-author of the best selling books, Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief (Ballantine, 2001) and How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist (Ballantine, 2009). He has also published, Principles of Neurotheology (Ashgate, 2011) Why We Believe What We Believe (Ballantine, 2006), and The Mystical Mind (Fortress Press, 1999). He has presented his research throughout the world in both scientific and public forums. He appeared on Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC's World News Tonight, National Public Radio, London Talk Radio and over fifteen nationally syndicated radio programs. His work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other newspapers and magazines. An overview of his work can be viewed at on this site.