Here is a fantastic little webessay on God and the Brain. “The research raises the question, is God a delusion created by brain chemistry, or is brain chemistry a necessary conduit for people to reach God?” Indeed. The most provocative bits I listened to came in Part II. One guy says ending our delusion of a god existing independent of humans is the final frontier in our understanding of the universe. And he thinks this research moves in that direction. But then in the same part another doctor points out that if two people who loved each other were in a room interacting with each other there would be unique brain activity associated with that interaction, but does that mean love is not real?
Really pretty cool I think.
Also, watch out for the biology of belief section. There is a blending & mixing of two very distinct ideas. One, invoking the power of God to heal another and Two biological benefits from spirituality. The latter only requires meditative practices to have an impact on our bodies, which is not really a challenge to a materialist. The former, on the other hand, is a big challenge to a materialist–and frankly doesn’t seem as supported as the latter.
I’d love to hear reactions.