Religious and Spiritual Experiences

ISBN-10: 1107000084
ISBN-13: 9781107000087
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $117.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/6/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
Exploring a strange yet familiar landscape: a strategy for interpreting religious and spiritual experiences
Introduction
Motivating concerns
Theoretical issues
Conclusion
Spirituality and the brain: a revolutionary scientific approach to religious and spiritual experiences
Introduction
History of thought about spirituality and the brain
Evidence for the neural mediation hypothesis
Problems facing the neuroscience of religious and spiritual experiences
Creative responses
Conclusion
A smorgasbord of dangers and delights: the phenomenology of religious and spiritual experiences
Introduction
Mapping the terrain of religious and spiritual experiences
Basic distinctions in the map
Exploring shared territory in more detail
Conclusion
Gateway to ultimacy: the importance of intense experiences
Introduction
Immediate responses to intense experiences
Five core features of intense experiences
The faces, functions, and cognitive value of intense experiences
Evolution and the neurology of intense experiences
Conclusion
Can you trust your instincts? The cognitive reliability of religious and spiritual experiences
Introduction
Deepening the reliability question
The perception analogy
An ecological-semiotic theory of dynamic engagement
The reliability of religious perceptual engagement
Conclusion
The brain-group nexus: the social power of religious and spiritual experiences
Introduction
A dynamical systems approach to the brain-group nexus
Describing all equilibrium social arrangements since the Neolithic
Evolutionary origins of the pre-Neolithic equilibrium
Behind the ideological curtain
Conclusion
Make it start, make it stop! Religious and spiritual experiences in the future
Introduction
Past technologies, transformed in the present, hurtling into the future
Unprecedented technologies
Conclusion
Brains in bodies, persons in groups, and religion in nature: an integrative interpretation of religious and spiritual experiences
Introduction
Five key controversies
Five key affirmations
Conclusion
Glossary of key terms
References
Index

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