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Neurobiology of the Gods How Brain Physiology Shapes the Recurrent Imagery of Myth and Dreams

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ISBN-10: 0415673003

ISBN-13: 9780415673006

Edition: 2012

Authors: Erik D. Goodwyn

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Where does science end and religion begin? Can "spiritual" images and feelings be understood on a neurobiological level without dismissing their power and mystery?In this book, psychiatrist Erik Goodwyn addresses these questions by reviewing decades of research, putting together a compelling argument that the emotional imagery of myth and dreams can be traced to our deep brain physiology, and importantly, how a sensitive look at this data reveals why mythic or religious symbols are indeed more "godlike" than we might have imagined.  The Neurobiology of the Godsweaves together Jungian depth psychology with research in evolutionary psychology, neuroanatomy, cognitive science, neuroscience,…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

Erik D. Goodwyn is a practicing military psychiatrist for the Air Force in North Dakota, involved in teaching, research and patient care, including deployed soldiers. His essays on archetypes, Jungian theory and neuroscience as well as dreams reported by soldiers in combat have appeared in The Journal of Analytical Psychology .

Definitions and foundations
Symbols, biology and depth psychology
Mental images, symbolic images and "archetypal" images
Individual symbols
Human and animal spirits
The anima/feminine symbols
The animus/masculine symbols
The mother
The father
The child
The shadow
The dreamscape
Deep archetypes-time, number, causation
Complex recurrent symbols and self symbols
Molecules to mandalas
Appendix: Affective neuroscience and imagery