(E–pub/Pdf) The Illusion of Gods Presence AUTHOR John C. Wathey


The Illusion of Gods Presence

Free download ì The Illusion of Gods Presence ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB John C. Wathey ↠ 7 Download Free read The Illusion of Gods Presence 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 religionStarting with a vivid narrative account of the life threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience 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. The author holds that few people believe in gods or the supernatural because they are convinced by logical arguments or make a rational decision Instead belief is emotional and experiential not intellectual and I agree Most people he holds believe because they have felt a divine presence such as when they pray worship or are in despair or crisis or joy Raised a Christian Wathey has had two strong mystical experiences of God s presence after he became an atheist experiences that did not change his mind but which drove him to find a naturalistic explanation for this sense of a loving forgiving powerful divinity In explaining his view he includes a lot of interesting material on the neuroscience of infancy and child development I didn t feel his explanation was sufficient but it may well be a factor Also he considered this instinctive divine presence to be like the anthropomorphic parent God he grew up with though he brings up the judgmental punishing God as a different aspect imposed by society for its own ends But then it is his own experience and those raised like him that he is attempting to explain I found the weakest part of the book to be his arguments against mindbody dualism they didn t convinced meAs a person not raised in any religion I ve always wondered why people believe in gods like the Abrahamic Hindu or Classical ones One criticism I would have is that Wathey doesn t emphasize enough that most people believe what they do because they have been trained to do so since earliest childhood usually in a community that assumes and rewards such belief People so trained often hold that belief in such divinities is instinctive or natural but I don t find it so Until there are enough people raised without religious training in a secular context it will be hard to know how natural belief in particular types of supernatural beings really are Still Wathey s orientation toward people s felt experience would be productive for most people than trying to convince through logical argument alone Experience is hard to trump whether one s interpretation of that experience is in line with reality or not Cinderella is the You Will Obey intuitive feeling of God's presence More than any rituals or doctrines Fatal Destiny it Gangbanged and Bred by His Daddys Friends is this experience that anchors religious faith yet Eyes of a Child it has been largely Marked Northern Shifters #1 ignored Bombay Bound in the scientific literature on religionStarting with a vivid narrative account of the life threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the Spring 49 A Journal of Archetype and Culture illusion of God's presence His book delves Straight on Till Morning The Student Prince #2 into the biological origins of this compelling feeling attributing Afghanistan it to Soldiers Without Borders innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother child bond Dr Wathey a veteran neuroscientist. 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Free download ì The Illusion of Gods Presence ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB John C. Wathey ↠ 7 Download Free read The Illusion of Gods Presence Giosity of women relative to men; religious obsessions with sex; the mysterious compulsion to pray; the seemingly irrepressible feminine attributes of God even in traditionally patriarchal religions; and the strange allure of cults Finally Dr Wathey considers the hypothesis that religion evolved to foster reproductive success arguing that in an age of potentially ruinous overpopulation magical thinking has become a luxury we can no longer afford one that distracts us from urgent threats to our planetDeeply researched yet elegantly written in a jargon free and accessible style this book presents a compelling interpretation of the evolutionary origins of spirituality and religion From the Hardcover editio. The Origin of God RevealedThe best explanation of belief in gods I have found The roots of belief lie in our extended early developmental genetic and experiential relationships with care givers mothers especially and social bonding The rather bleak ending of the book bothered me because it rang true that our course as a species may bring our own demise

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Free download ì The Illusion of Gods Presence ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB John C. Wathey ↠ 7 Download Free read The Illusion of Gods Presence 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 These insights shed new light on some of the most vexing puzzles of religion like the popular belief in a god who is judgmental and punishing yet also unconditionally loving; the extraordinary tenacity of faith; the greater reli. Wathey a computational biologist advances a hypothesis such that admits few refutations It is well presented well argued and copiously documented we re dealing here with a hard core empiricist Maybe one that will not go down in history as one of science s great explicators He is no popularizer Wathey is a scientist for scientistsHis prose is wry and dry to the point His idea is uite simple the religious experience of God s presence is a vestigial phantom sensation of our hardwired neonatal longing for mother His arguments and his evidence are airtightHaving said that I believe Chapter 11 is a witheringly unnecessary digression Wathey makes up for it with Chapter 14 a Ramachandran like feast of neurological curiositiesThis is an important book that will make ripples in neurotheological studies

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    Free read The Illusion of Gods Presence John C. Wathey ↠ 7 Download Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ John C. Wathey Wathey a computational biologist advances a hypothesis such that admits few refutations It is well presented well argued and copiously documented we're dealing here with a hard core empiricist Maybe one that will not go down in history as one of science's great explicators He is no popularizer Wathey is a scientist for sci

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    Free read The Illusion of Gods Presence (E–pub/Pdf) The Illusion of Gods Presence AUTHOR John C. Wathey Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ John C. Wathey There are a lot of individuals who in spite of reason and lack of evidence still persist in believing in a God There is no argument that can convince them for they claim to have 'experienced' god personally and thu

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    Free read The Illusion of Gods Presence (E–pub/Pdf) The Illusion of Gods Presence AUTHOR John C. Wathey John C. Wathey ↠ 7 Download The Origin of God RevealedThe best explanation of belief in gods I have found The roots of belief lie in our extended early developmental genetic and experiential relationships with care givers mothers especially and social bonding The rather bleak ending of the book bothered me because it rang true that our cou

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    Free read The Illusion of Gods Presence (E–pub/Pdf) The Illusion of Gods Presence AUTHOR John C. Wathey John C. Wathey ↠ 7 Download Very insightful Enough things to think about for a while We develop the idea of Another when we are just babes and the sense of Another stays with us until we discover where it came from and why The evolutionary byproduct of our biological underpinnings

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    (E–pub/Pdf) The Illusion of Gods Presence AUTHOR John C. Wathey John C. Wathey ↠ 7 Download Free read The Illusion of Gods Presence Interesting interpretation of how religion startedOverall I enjoyed this book uite a lot I was a little bit disappointed tha

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    Free read The Illusion of Gods Presence (E–pub/Pdf) The Illusion of Gods Presence AUTHOR John C. Wathey Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ John C. Wathey To thoughtful religious practitioners it will come as no surprise that the experience of God's presence is rooted in perfectly natural biological psychological and anthropological processes Assertions of faith at least healthy ones need not diminish nature and science On the contrary holistic spirituality recog

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