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Spirituality & Neuroscience.

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I’m an ardent supporter of Neuroscience, and understanding human behaviour through brain architecture. The increasing wealth of data coming from fMRI, PET and CAT scans has changed much of our understanding of psychology and behaviour.

However, Neuroscience does, potentially, present us with a range of problems, not least of which are problems of reductionism, and the ‘moral neutrality’ apparently inherent within biological explanations of behaviour.

A wise friend often presents me with the issue of spirituality as a phenomenon in neuroscientific understanding, and brain based explanations of behaviour.

I takespiritualityto meana sense of connectedness to each other, and with a wider physical and meta-physical world. This inclusive connectedness goes beyond that which can be explained by purely empirical methods and measures.

Not only do I understand that people have spiritual experiences, but I also think thatthese experiences are the key human experiences.They lift us above…

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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