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Wired For God?

Charles Foster

Wired For God?

Charles Foster

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Siberian shamans and tantric sex; whirling Sufis and entranced Bushmen; hypnotism and magic mushrooms; hymn-singing in the suburbs and ecstatic drumming in the African night; speaking in tongues and UFOs; prophets dressed in bed-sheets at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre; naturally theistic toddlers and apparitions of Mary; Upper Palaeolithic cave-paintings and dog-headed saints; chariots of fire and pierced Messiahs; near-death experiences and epileptic nuns; Neolithic tomb architecture; an old monk dying in an Indian ashram, screaming that he's being overwhelmed by the Feminine; God-helmets, God-spots and God-genes. What does all this mean for the faithful and the faithless? What does it tell us about what it means to be human? ^
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Siberian shamans and tantric sex; whirling Sufis and entranced Bushmen; hypnotism and magic mushrooms; hymn-singing in the suburbs and ecstatic drumming in the African night; speaking in tongues and UFOs; prophets dressed in bed-sheets at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre; naturally theistic toddlers and apparitions of Mary; Upper Palaeolithic cave-paintings and dog-headed saints; chariots of fire and pierced Messiahs; near-death experiences and epileptic nuns; Neolithic tomb architecture; an old monk dying in an Indian ashram, screaming that he's being overwhelmed by the Feminine; God-helmets, God-spots and God-genes. What does all this mean for the faithful and the faithless? What does it tell us about what it means to be human? ^
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Human religious experiences are remarkably uniform; many can be pharmacologically induced. Recent research into the neurology of religious experience has shown that, when worshipping or praying, a certain part of the brain, apparently dormant during other activities, becomes active. What does all this mean for those of faith and those with none? In this fascinating book barrister Charles Foster takes a survey of the evidence -- from shamans to medieval mystics, to out-of-body experiences and epilepsy, via Jerusalem and middle-class Christianity -- and assesses its significance. Written in short, accessible chapters, this is a fascinating tour of religious and mystical experiences and their relation to human physiology.
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Meet the Author

Charles Foster

Charles Foster is a lawyer and part-time judge, and lectures in medical ethics at the University of Oxford. He is also an explorer, and in 2002 was a member of a successful British ski expedition to the North Pole. He is the author of Wired for God: The biology of spiritual experience (Hodder 2010); The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin (Hodder 2009); Tracking the Ark of the Covenant (Monarch,2007); The Christmas Mystery (Authentic, 2007); and The Jesus Inquest: The case for - and against - the resurrection of the Christ (Monarch Press; 2007)

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  • Catalogue Code 301300
  • Product Code 9780340964422
  • ISBN 0340964421
  • EAN 9780340964422
  • Pages 352
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date Apr 2010
  • Sales Rank #46711
  • Dimensions 233 x 153 x 29 mm
  • Weight 0.468kg

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