Can religion and science co-exist? Do they? Is religion hardwired in humans? The book, from the Chicago Social Brain Network, is the result of an extraordinary ongoing conversation among a group of highly respected scientists, physicians, philosophers, and theologians. Together, they share profound insights into the deepest questions humans ask and explore the invisible forces and powerful beliefs that shape our lives. Their insights reflect both humanity's latest science and its most enduring wisdom. Their answers and questions will challenge readers and reward them with a richer understand of who we are, what we share, and what it means.
What do we really know about human nature?
How do we see what we see, know what we know, feel what we feel?
How do people come to believe in God?
Where does empathy come from?
What are the health benefits of faith?
Where do you end, and others begin?
What do marriage, family, and friendship mean?
How can people repair the broken connections that keep them lonely?
Table of contents
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- 1. Invisible forces operating on human bodies
- 2. The social nature of humankind
- 3. Science, religion, and a revived religious humanism
- 4. Health by connection: from social brains to resilient bodies 49
- 5. Psychosomatic relations: from superstitionto mortality
- 6. The suspension of individual consciousnessand the dissolution of self and otherboundaries
- 7. Action at a distance: the invisible forceof language
- 8. Hidden forces in understanding others:mirror neurons and neurobiological underpinnings
- 9. Empathy and interpersonal sensitivity
- 10. Seeing invisible minds
- 11. Anthropomorphism: human connectionto a universal society
- 12. How does God become real?
- 13. Theological perspectives on God as aninvisible force
- 14. Visible efforts to change invisibleconnections
- 15. Social brain, spiritual medicine?
- 16. Epilogue
- About the authors
- Financial Times Press
- Title: Invisible Forces and Powerful Beliefs: Gravity, Gods, and Minds
- Release date: October 2010
- Publisher(s): Pearson
- ISBN: 9780132099684
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