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On Appreciating Religion

Understanding the neurobiology of religious belief is a far cry from explaining it away.

Michael Graziano, author of “God, Soul, Mind, Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Reflections on the Spirit World”: Much of the modern clash between science and religion focuses on questions about whether God exists independently or is a construct of the brain and whether the soul lives on after the body or ends when the brain dies. Are these crucial religious questions? I would argue that they are not. For the vast majority of people, religion is a way of life. It is about community and music, place and food, comfort and emotional support. It is, like all of human culture and experience, a function of our peculiar neurobiology, and we should try to appreciate it as such.


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