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Extract from “The Neural Buddhists” by Tom Brooks:
“..To these self-confident researchers, the idea that the spirit might exist apart from the body is just ridiculous. Instead, everything arises from atoms. Genes shape temperament. Brain chemicals shape behavior. Assemblies of neurons create consciousness. Free will is an illusion. Human beings are ‘hard-wired’ to do this or that. Religion is an accident. (continue…)
In this materialist view, people perceive God’s existence because their brains have evolved to confabulate belief systems. You put a magnetic helmet around their heads and they will begin to think they are having a spiritual epiphany. If they suffer from temporal lobe epilepsy, they will show signs of hyperreligiosity, an overexcitement of the brain tissue that leads sufferers to believe they are conversing with God.
Wolfe understood the central assertion contained in this kind of thinking: Everything is material and ‘the soul is dead.’ He anticipated the way the genetic and neuroscience revolutions would affect public debate. They would kick off another fundamental argument over whether God exists.
Lo and behold, over the past decade, a new group of assertive atheists has done battle with defenders of faith. The two sides have argued about whether it is reasonable to conceive of a soul that survives the death of the body and about whether understanding the brain explains away or merely adds to our appreciation of the entity that created it.
The atheism debate is a textbook example of how a scientific revolution can change public culture. Just as “The Origin of Species” reshaped social thinking, just as Einstein’s theory of relativity affected art, so the revolution in neuroscience is having an effect on how people see the world.
And yet my guess is that the atheism debate is going to be a sideshow. The cognitive revolution is not going to end up undermining faith in God, it’s going end up challenging faith in the Bible.
Over the past several years, the momentum has shifted away from hard-core materialism. The brain seems less like a cold machine. It does not operate like a computer. Instead, meaning, belief and consciousness seem to emerge mysteriously from idiosyncratic networks of neural firings. Those squishy things called emotions play a gigantic role in all forms of thinking. Love is vital to brain development.
Researchers now spend a lot of time trying to understand universal moral intuitions. Genes are not merely selfish, it appears. Instead, people seem to have deep instincts for fairness, empathy and attachment.
Scientists have more respect for elevated spiritual states. Andrew Newberg of the University of Pennsylvania has shown that transcendent experiences can actually be identified and measured in the brain (people experience a decrease in activity in the parietal lobe, which orients us in space). The mind seems to have the ability to transcend itself and merge with a larger presence that feels more real.
This new wave of research will not seep into the public realm in the form of militant atheism. Instead it will lead to what you might call neural Buddhism… “
The kind of materialistic scientists to whom Brooks is referring would be called “emotional deserts” by Wilhelm Reich; he made the concept of “orgone” or universal ether famous back in the 1950’s. Reich had all kinds of descriptions in his analysis of “emotional deserts.”
The point is that mainstream academic neuroscience and neuropsychology educates students away from human concepts by excluding and/or berating human spirituality and higher consciousness. In doing so, mainstream academia educates people away from their own humanity. In the dark ages, there was a blatant disregard by “authority” figures of esoteric science as it goes hand-in-hand with human spirituality.
Today, the trend continues as mainstream academia ignores quantum electrodynamic principles and cosmic engineering as keys to the higher conciousness of humanity; these are all living functions within us because we are all part of the same living universe.
Let’s forget what the emotional deserts have to say for now. Let’s assume that we have something even greater than “neural buddhism” through transcendent experiences. Let’s assume that the universe is not nearly as empty as touted by astronomers, but, instead, is filled with energy and intelligence.
Let’s assume that we really are individual aspects of One Universal Mind. Now, let me ask you a question: What does it mean to you when I say “function creates form?”
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