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Minds And Gods

Author : Todd Tremlin
ISBN : 0198041551
Genre : Psychology
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Around the world and throughout history, in cultures as diverse as ancient Mesopotamia and modern America, human beings have been compelled by belief in gods and developed complex religions around them. But why? What makes belief in supernatural beings so widespread? And why are the gods of so many different people so similar in nature? This provocative book explains the origins and persistence of religious ideas by looking through the lens of science at the common structures and functions of human thought. The first general introduction to the "cognitive science of religion," Minds and Gods presents the major themes, theories, and thinkers involved in this revolutionary new approach to human religiosity. Arguing that we cannot understand what we think until we first understand how we think, the book sets out to study the evolutionary forces that modeled the modern human mind and continue to shape our ideas and actions today. Todd Tremlin details many of the adapted features of the brain -- illustrating their operation with examples of everyday human behavior -- and shows how mental endowments inherited from our ancestral past lead many people to naturally entertain religious ideas. In short, belief in gods and the social formation of religion have their genesis in biology, in powerful cognitive processes that all humans share. In the course of illuminating the nature of religion, this book also sheds light on human nature: why we think we do the things we do and how the reasons for these things are so often hidden from view. This discussion ranges broadly across recent scientific findings in areas such as paleoanthropology, primate studies, evolutionary psychology, early brain development, and cultural transmission. While these subjects are complex, the story is told here in a conversational style that is engaging, jargon free, and accessible to all readers. With Minds and Gods , Tremlin offers a roadmap to a fascinating and growing field of study, one that is sure to generate interest and debate and provide readers with a better understanding of themselves and their beliefs.
Category: Psychology

Can We See The Invisible Mind Of God

Author : The Chicago Social Brain Network
ISBN : 9780132658577
Genre : Education
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This is the eBook version of the printed book. This Element is an excerpt from Invisible Forces and Powerful Beliefs: Gravity, Gods, and Minds (9780137075454) by the Chicago Social Brain Network. Available in print and digital formats. How do people understand others’ minds…God’s, yours, anyone’s? Shortly after taking off from LaGuardia, the engines of US Airways Flight 1549 failed. The pilots glided onto the Hudson River, where all the passengers were rescued. Explained one passenger, “God was certainly looking out for us.” To psychologists, such statements reveal one of the social brain’s most impressive capacities--the ability to “see” what other minds see.
Category: Education

The Mind Of God

Author : Ta ma Sailau Sagaga- Simanu
ISBN : 9781483656397
Genre : Religion
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We live in times of renewal, refl ection and recycling. There are energies and forces directing people in numerous ways. What is the driving force behind our worlds projects and systems of development? It is the hidden Sacred Mind of God present in creation. It is the mediating voice and the micro communication device in peoples minds around the globe and universe. It is the mind of God in Nature. It is Gods innovative and omnipotent mind, protecting and balancing our world for continuity and sustainability. In this book, I am delving a little into the thoughts assortment of Gods intellectual sanctuary, which intrigues us all contemporarily. This is partly experiencing, viewing, seeking and imagining God through watching TV, movies, listening to radio broadcasts, and reading newspapers, e.g. on tsunamis and climate change conferences, the debates on God by some ecumenical preachers, etc etc, informing us all about the awe that is permeating the atmosphere and the environment, not just adversely, but bringing hope and attention to the state of our world. The main inspiration in this work, is how does God think ? Is the pool of our mindsets, a reflection of Gods intellectual sanctuary? Does God reply to our prayers in a similar way to our way of responding to our childrens cries and wants? In Part 1, a discussion is attempted about the different connections and wealth of existing legal derivations about Gods Mind, since the beginning of time. (viz, RSV Bible). This affi rms the common view that a super pluralistic mind exists, belonging to God, beyond the collective of Nature and humankind. As well, I am sharing my hypothesis on a possible composition of YHWHs mind using the outcomes gathered from around, and evidence experienced daily. e.g. climate change, IT interference, spyware and viruses, literature and media. My hypothesis is simply a great pool of imagination tested daily, emerging to provide a theoretical basis for research. I feel that anyones perception of our universe is a legitimate entry to further discovery and research. Part 2 exposes some innovation on how the Sacred Mind of God manifests itself in the multi-religious isms of today. Religion indeed is only a part of Gods wisdom and mind which we use intensively daily, to explain our experiences of the Sacred and the Profane. What is paramount in modern times is the love of God for all creation, especially human beings. Why does Gods love and Mind operate so differently from human experiences? Part 3 looks at the future, with respect to secular philosophy and human piety, critical thinking, new discoveries, and prophecies currently affecting us all. For example, Heaven is here with us on earth, just as much as the Spirit God abides in humans on earth. The fi nal opinion at the rear of the book is about the word mind as a simple construction currently used to describe the awesome intellectual sanctuary of God. On its own, the word seems not pious enough to describe the power and divinity of Gods super-brain-network. Am I trying to equate Gods Intellectual Sanctuary with our simple human minds?. No, just using our minds as the best resource to understand God and its Mind. We need a better word(s), to describe the plurality but solitude of Gods thinking realm. I have given it the phrases, the Sacred Mind of God, or the Intellectual Sanctuary of God. The phrases imply defi nitive tapu boundaries which are self-explanatory. God did put a mind into every form of creation, humans as well as other forms of animals, fi shes, and vegetation. Creation includes the mountains, the oceans, the seas, winds, rivers and all that we can see and perceive, even the minutest creations like the ants, pests, germs and viruses. The Intellectual Sanctuary of God is not the same as the human mind, and it affi rms the notion that God exists, with a mind beyond our understanding. It is not a singular entity like
Category: Religion

The Journey Of The Mind To God

Author : Saint Bonaventure (Cardinal)
ISBN : 0872202003
Genre : Philosophy
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The Hackett edition of this classic of medieval philosophy and mysticism--a plan of pilgrimage for the learned Franciscan wishing to reach the apex of the mystical experience--combines the highly regarded Boehner translation with a new introduction by Stephen Brown focusing on St. Francis as a model of the contemplative life, the meaning of the Itinerarium, its place in Bonaventure's mystical theology, and the plan of the work. Boehner's Latin Notes, as well as Latin texts from other works of Bonaventure included in the Franciscan Institute Edition, are rendered here in English, making this the edition of choice for the beginning student.
Category: Philosophy


Author : Roberto Calasso
ISBN : 9780679775478
Genre : Fiction
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In a collection of epic cyclical stories woven together, the author explores the myths and legends of India, chonicling the exotic worlds of the Devas, Siva, Brahma, Vishnu, the Mahabharata, and the Buddha.
Category: Fiction

The Embodiment Of God As A Whole

Author : Don Marr
ISBN : 9781449072643
Genre : Philosophy
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One evening in 1991, businessman Don Marr was awakened suddenly from his sleep by a mysterious force. Ideas flowed swiftly through his mind as his hand would write on its own. He was told that this was a voluntary process that could be stopped at any time. He arose that night and many nights to follow. His efforts resulted in two books: A GATEWAY TO HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS, and MY FATHER CALLS ME, (One Mans Way Back To GOD.) In this third book, the dialogue format of MY FATHER CALLS ME (One Mans Way Back To GOD) continues. The emphasis is on the concept of all of us being AT 1. What comments would someone who understands that we are all one have for us? Will the universe really shift to this idea? When might it happen? These issues are addressed in the question-and-answer format that were used in Dons previous book. The dialogue between Self and Higher Self concerns the knowledge about our future.
Category: Philosophy

The Mind

Author : Pastor M. E. Lyons
ISBN : 9781468576610
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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It is in the very cogitations of our minds that God intends to use our minds as a platform to push the very principles and directives of this Christian life we are all to live after coming into the knowledge and understanding of Christ. Through our minds are birthed specific instances to allow the Word of God to matriculate through the processes of our thoughts into the spiritual bloodstream of our deeds. In this book we will discuss and share messages, applications, and shared stories that will show evidence how through scripture; God is desirous to use our minds as an avenue to reach those who are in need of pulling them from their individual pits in a psychological and even more emotional way.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Full Gospel Fractured Minds

Author : Rick M. Nañez
ISBN : 9780310862116
Genre : Religion
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Do you sometimes feel you have to check your intellect at the church door, leaving reason behind to embrace the Christian faith? Do you hunger for a “full gospel” that includes the mind as well as heart and Spirit? Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? challenges charismatic and Pentecostal believers to discover the power of a well-maintained mind—a mind on fire—to match a heart on fire and to create a life that operates within the full counsel of God . Nañez shows how human reason helps us understand and interpret God’s Word as well as defend the gospel. He shows what the Bible teaches about the mind, and explores the backgrounds of nineteenth-century and modern culture, anti-intellectualism, Pentecostal history and beliefs, and popular misconceptions about human intellect in relation to the Christian faith. Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? helps men and women practice a Christian faith that reflects the whole person and the full gospel. “Rick Nañez calls Pentecostals and charismatics to seek a balance between mind and Spirit. This book will stir you to seek all that God has for you.” —From the Foreword by Stanley M. Horton, PhD
Category: Religion

The Mind Of God And The Works Of Man

Author : Edward Craig
ISBN : STANFORD:36105038269598
Genre : Philosophy
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What is the connection between philosophy as studied in universities and those general views of man and reality which are commonly considered "philosophy"? Through his attempt to rediscover this connection, Craig offers a view of philosophy and its history since the early 17th century. Craig discusses the two contrary visions of man's essential nature that dominated this period--one portraying man as made in the image of God and required to resemble him as closely as possible, the other depicting man as the autonomous creator of his own environment and values--and uses this context to clarify previously opaque textual detail. Illustrating how general concepts embodied by philosophical thought can be embodied in other media--especially literary--the author brings together disparate disciplines; he also reveals striking similarities between Anglo-American and certain 20th-century continental European lines of thought.
Category: Philosophy

Gods Genes Conscience

Author : Mong H. Tan Ph. D.
ISBN : 9780595379903
Genre : Philosophy
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GODS, GENES, CONSCIENCE delves deeply, and portrays succinctly, the nature of our millennia-old "body-soul" and "spirit-mind" paradoxes, including those of our earliest shamanic quests, and material conquests, for survival: From our innate dreams, to religious self-contradictions-corruptions-conflicts-destructions; to arts-linguistics; to socioeconomics-geopolitics; to science-technology; and to reason-sensibility-sanity-faith.Specifically, this pop-science-first-book author, Mong H Tan, PhD, fathoms links among the chaos-orders of the evolutionary interstellar fabrics of Space, Time, Energy, and Matter; or the cosmic STEM matrixes-entities in the Universe that are all around us: From the creations of Life-Genes on Earth, to the ultimate, unique, unbound capacity-capability of our Mind-Gods within, in our brain or "memophorescenicity", a new unified quantum Mind theory pursued from an empiricist electrochemical particle-wave or Yin-Yang propensities of holism-cosmology; a critical reader's Theory of Everything, Biogenesis-Meanings and all.Epistemologically-"memophorescenically", in and by all accounts, intellectual and spiritual; Dr. Tan's critical inquiries, philosophical and psychological; his timely anatomy-synthesis of the STEM origins (particularly those of our genetics-mnemonics; our fast-advancing knowledge, consciousness, freewill, and conscience regarding Gods; and our ultimate wisdom of cherishing Life on Earth) have no doubt been sharpened, enriched, and transcended by the vast, fast advances in science-technology, multiculturalism, and pluralism of the East-West, today and beyond.
Category: Philosophy