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Why God Won't Go Away Brain Science and the Biology of Belief

ISBN-10: 034544034X
ISBN-13: 9780345440341
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Description: Why have we humans always longed to connect with something larger than ourselves? Even today in our technologically advanced age, more than seventy percent of Americans claim to believe in God. Why, in short, won’t God go away? In this  More...

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/26/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Why have we humans always longed to connect with something larger than ourselves? Even today in our technologically advanced age, more than seventy percent of Americans claim to believe in God. Why, in short, won’t God go away? In this groundbreaking new book, researchers Andrew Newberg and Eugene d’Aquili offer an explanation that is at once profoundly simple and scientifically precise: The religious impulse is rooted in the biology of the brain. In Why God Won’t Go Away, Newberg and d’Aquili document their pioneering explorations in the field of neurotheology, an emerging discipline dedicated to understanding the complex relationship between spirituality and the brain. Blending cutting-edge science with illuminating insights into the nature of consciousness and spirituality, they bridge faith and reason, mysticism and empirical data. The neurological basis of how the brain identifies the “real” is nothing short of miraculous. This fascinating, eye-opening book dares to explore both the miracle and the biology of our enduring relationship with God.

Andrew Newberg, M.D., is the director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the founders of the new interdisciplinary field called neurotheology. He is an associate professor in the department of radiology, with secondary appointments in the departments of psychiatry and religious studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been featured onGood Morning America, Nightline, Discovery Channel, BBC, NPR, andNational Geographic Television. He is the co-author ofWhy God Won’t Go Away,Born to Believe, andThe Mystical Mind. Mark Robert Waldman is an associate fellow at the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a therapist, the author or co-author of ten books, includingBorn to Believe(with Andrew Newberg), and was the founding editor ofTranspersonal Review. He lectures throughout the country on neuroscience, religion, and spirituality and conducts research with numerous religious and secular groups. His work has been featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines and on syndicated radio programs. From the Hardcover edition.

BILL STRICKLAND is CEO of Manchester Bidwell, a jobs training center and community arts program. At Manchester Craftsmen Guild, he offers programs in ceramics, photography, and painting to hundreds of kids a year, ninety percent of whom get high school diplomas and enroll in college. And at the Bidwell Training Center, adults receive training in professional careers such as the culinary arts, pharmacology, and horticultural technology, through partnerships with major corporations in the area. The center includes a 350-seat jazz auditorium, a 40,000-square-foot greenhouse covering half a city block, a state-of-the-art chemistry lab, a full-scale ceramics department, and a culinary institute. As a result of his work, Strickland has received a MacArthur Fellowship “genius” grant, has lectured at Harvard Graduate School of Education, has served on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts, and he and Manchester Bidwell have been the subject of three Harvard Business School case studies. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Andrew B. Newberg, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology in the Division of Nuclear Medicine and an instructor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has spent more than six years studying brain physiology and function, with focus on the neurology of religious and mystical experiences. The co-author, with Dr. Eugene d'Aquili, ofThe Mystical Mind, Dr. Newberg has presented his work at scientific and religious conferences around the world. Eugene d'Aquili, M.D., Ph.D., was a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania for twenty years. His numerous books includeBiogenetic Structuralism;Brain,Symbol and Experience; andThe Mystical Mind. Dr. d'Aquili died in August 1998, before the completion of this book. Vince Rause is a freelance writer and journalist whose stories have appeared in theNew York TimesMagazine, thePhiladelphia Inquirer, and many other publications. He is a regular contributor to the Discovery Channel Online. From the Hardcover edition.

A Photograph of God?: An Introduction to the Biology of Belief
Brain Machinery: The Science of Perception
Brain Architecture: How the Brain Makes the Mind
Myth-making: The Compulsion to Create Stories and Beliefs
Ritual: The Physical Manifestation of Meaning
Mysticism: The Biology of Transcendence
The Origins of Religion: The Persistence of a Good Idea
Realer Than Real: The Mind in Search of Absolutes
Why God Won't Go Away: The Metaphor of God and the Mythology of Science
Notes
References
Index

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