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Buddhism and the Brain

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Neuroscience tells us the thing we take as our unified mind is an illusion, that our mind is not unified and can barely be said to “exist” at all. Our feeling of unity and control is a post-hoc confabulation and is easily fractured into separate parts. As revealed by scientific inquiry, what we call a mind (or a self, or a soul) is actually something that changes so much and is so uncertain that our pre-scientific language struggles to find meaning.

Buddhists say pretty much the same thing. They believe in an impermanent and illusory self made of shifting parts. They’ve even come up with language to address the problem between perception and belief. Their word for self is anatta, which is usually translated as ‘non self.’ One might try to refer to the self, but the word cleverly reminds one’s self that there is no such thing.

David Weisman
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ddrrnt's curator insight, December 14, 2012 10:50 PM

The anatta is in a state of impermanence, called anicca.  Consciousness is envisioned as a wave of momentary mental states. 


Weisman asks, "Why have the dominant Western religious traditions gotten their permanent, independent souls so wrong?"



Nur Svsc 's curator insight, March 16, 2013 12:19 AM

A good book on the subject is 'The Dalai Lama at MIT' -- a  2008 collection of the papers and research discussed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003, a unique dialogue between Buddhist practioners and neurosecientists on the issues of perception, subjectivity, concentration, emotion and perspectivism. 

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NEUROTHEOLOGY: Is The Human Brain Hardwired for God?

NEUROTHEOLOGY: Is The Human Brain Hardwired for God? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Why do we care whether or not God exists? And why do so many people believe? A new generation of neuroscientists is addressing those questions directly, with the ambitious goal of measuring what happens to the human brain during spiritual experiences.


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Death Enhances One's Religious Belief as well as the Rejection of Other Religions

Death Enhances One's Religious Belief as well as the Rejection of Other Religions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Death can have a profound effect on a person's religious beliefs. In a new study, death not only strengthened a person's religious beliefs but also increased the denial of other religions.

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