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The Resource The illusion of God's presence : the biological origins of spiritual longing, John C. Wathey

The illusion of God's presence : the biological origins of spiritual longing, John C. Wathey

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The illusion of God's presence : the biological origins of spiritual longing
Title
The illusion of God's presence
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the biological origins of spiritual longing
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John C. Wathey
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illusion of Gods presence
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the biological origins of spiritual longing
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eng
Summary
An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God's presence. More than any rituals or doctrines, it is this experience that anchors religious faith, yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religion. Biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the illusion of God's presence. His book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling, attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother-child bond. Dr. Wathey, a veteran neuroscientist, argues that evolution has programmed the infant brain to expect the presence of a loving being who responds to the child's needs. As the infant grows into adulthood, this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the realm of religion, where it is reactivated through the symbols, imagery, and rituals of worship. The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy
Summary
An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God's presence. More than any rituals or doctrines, it is this experience that anchors religious faith, yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religion. This book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling, attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother-child bond
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10466642
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DLC
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1953-
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Wathey, John C.
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204/.2
Illustrations
illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Experience (Religion)
  • Religion and science
  • Biology
  • Biology
  • Experience (Religion)
  • Religion and science
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adult
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the biological origins of spiritual longing
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The illusion of God's presence : the biological origins of spiritual longing, John C. Wathey
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-421) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocn907703117
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
463 pages
Isbn
9781633880740
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(hardcover)
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2015030319
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)907703117
Label
The illusion of God's presence : the biological origins of spiritual longing, John C. Wathey
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-421) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn907703117
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
463 pages
Isbn
9781633880740
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015030319
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)907703117

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