For those interested in philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion, this recent piece on NPR should be of interest. Here’s an excerpt from the opening lines:
For thousands of years, religion has posed some unanswerable questions: Who are we? What’s the meaning of life? What does it mean to be religious?
In an effort to address those questions, Dr. Andrew Newberg has scanned the brains of praying nuns, chanting Sikhs and meditating Buddhists. He studies the relationship between the brain and religious experience, a field called neurotheology. And he’s written a book, Principles of Neurotheology, that tries to lay the groundwork for a new kind of scientific and theological dialogue.