Neuroscience

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Autism’s Vital Role in Shaping Human History

"Neurotribes started as an investigation into the prevalence of autism within the tech bubble of Silicon Valley... While acknowledging the very real challenges of the condition, author Steve Silberman argues strongly against the notion of autism as some 'modern plague.' Instead, he questions who are we to decide which type of minds should be considered as normal?" [Read Article]
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Thinking About God Encourages Risk-Taking

"Thoughts of God encourage risk-taking—so long as the behavior in question doesn't involve breaking moral codes. Reminders of the almighty may make one hesitate to burglarize a home, but they can inspire one to experiment with an extreme sport... Most Americans receive countless daily reminders of a benevolent protector, and this research suggests that, for better or worse, these may inspire high-risk behavior." [Read Article]
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Why is it so hard to take your own advice?

It's because of "the huge gulf between grasping something intellectually and really feeling it in your bones. For example, it was years ago that I first encountered the insight that anxiety and insecurity aren’t reduced by trying to exert more control over the world; in fact, that usually makes them worse. I know this. But apparently I have to keep learning it, over and over. Its sheer correctness isn’t sufficient for it to burrow lastingly into my brain; that takes repeated experience." [Read Article]
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Near Death Experiences, Explained

"The scientific NDE studies performed over the past decades indicate that heightened mental functions can be experienced independently of the body at a time when brain activity is greatly impaired or seemingly absent (such as during cardiac arrest). ... These findings strongly challenge the mainstream neuroscientific view that mind and consciousness result solely from brain activity... Needless to say, this view is utterly incompatible with the belief of many materialists that the material world is the only reality." [Read Article]
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The Shalom of Neurochemistry

"Oxytocin reminds us what we were created for: connection. This hormone delivers a reward, like we experience from sex or food, just for being connected to others...  We are meant to pursue monogamy, tenderly care for our children, enjoy close friendships, and maintain peace with acquaintances in our community. Oxytocin reminds us, on a chemical level, of who God is, his Trinitarian nature that is in constant communion with himself. It’s like shalom packed into a hormone." [Read Article]
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A Neuroscientist Argues That Addiction is Not a Disease

"The disease theory, and the science sometimes used to support it, fail to take into account the plasticity of the human brain... Through a combination of a difficult emotional history, bad luck and the ordinary operations of the brain itself, an addict is someone whose brain has been transformed, but also someone who can be pushed further along the road toward healthy development." [Read Article]