Fingerprints of God: What Science Is Learning About the Brain and Spiritual Experience (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 14, 2009 - Science - 336 pages
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From the award-winning NPR religion correspondent comes a fascinating investigation of how science is seeking to answer the question that has puzzled humanity for generations: Can science explain God?

Is spiritual experience real or a delusion? Are there realities that we can experience but not easily measure? Does your consciousness depend entirely on your brain, or does it extend beyond? In Fingerprints of God, award-winning journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty delves into the discoveries science is making about how faith and spirituality affect us physically and emotionally as it attempts to understand whether the ineffable place beyond this world can be rationally -even scientifically-explained.

Hagerty interviews some of the world's top scientists to describe what their groundbreaking research reveals about our human spiritual experience. From analyses of the brain functions of Buddhist monks and Carmelite nuns, to the possibilities of healing the sick through directed prayer, to what near-death experiences illuminate about the afterlife, Hagerty reaches beyond what we think we know to understand what happens to us when we believe in a higher power.

Paralleling the discoveries of science is Hagerty's own account of her spiritual evolution. Raised a Christian Scientist, she was a scrupulous adherent until a small moment as an adult triggered a revaluation of her beliefs, which in turn led her to a new way of thinking about God and faith.

An insightful examination of what science is learning about how and why we believe, Fingerprints of God is also a moving story of one person's search for a communion with a higher power and what she discovered on that journey.
  

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Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

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Articles about research on spirituality and the brain are usually written from the point of view that religious experience can be understood from a purely scientific perspective. Hagerty's (religion ... Read full review

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Contents

William Jamess Outrageous Ideas
Picking Up William Jamess Gauntlet
A Nation of Believers
A Different Sort of Reality
A Different Sort of God
The Cost of Transformation
The First Became Last and the Last Became First
Laughing Back to Health
Jordan Sinclairs Scar
The Cosmic Electrician
Tailormade for God
A God Who Transmits
Spiritual Experience for Bubba
Scanning the Mystical Moment
Looking Under the Hood
Prayer Without Thinking

God and HIV
Violating the Laws of the Universe
The Sudden Alignment
Prelude to a Shift
And My Heart Was Strangely Warmed
A Conversion of Body and Spirit
A Journey Not a State
A Knack for God
The Case of Identical Twins
The God Gene at NIH
More Than Molecules
Diving for DNA
Does God Play Favorites?
Jesus as Chemical Compound
Confession and the Headless Man
Gods Chemical of Choice
Having God on Tap
Heaven Hell and Chemicals in the Brain
The Brain as Spiritual Filter
Cancer in the Age of Psychedelics
What Science Has Established
The Sacred Disease
The God Spot
A Spiritual Marker
The Dalai Lama Meets the Neurologist
Little League Meditators
The Mind and the Brain
Targets out of Range
The White Crow
The View from Above
Hallucinations and the Last Gasp of a Dying Brain
And the Blind Shall See
The Perfect Death
The Brains Operatic Demise
Dying in a Brain Scanner Sort Of
Jumpstarting Your Spiritual Life
God 10
Dean Radins Entangled Minds
The Bonds of Love
Where Science and Spirituality Kiss
The US Postal Service and the Fabric of Reality
A Personal Paradigm Shift
A Second Look at Christian Science
Rethinking My Beliefs
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
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Barbara Bradley Hagerty is the award-winning religion correspondent for National Public Radio. She’s the recipient of the Templeton Foundation-Cambridge University Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion, and a Knight Fellowship at Yale Law School. Before joining NPR, she was a reporter at The Christian Science Monitor for 11 years. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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