"...we have such advanced technology now that we can look at genes and neurons and get really computery with it if we want to. Even with all that, there is still something that remains mystical to us about the heart... A lot of people still regard their heart as having an essence of self which cannot be read in material terms." [Read Article]
“Some devout Catholics see it as preferable to say they are suffering from something like the dark night of the soul, rather than to admit that they have depression and may need medication and counseling... The problem with over-spiritualizing is that you cut yourself from so many tools that psychology and even your faith could have to help you to be happy.'" [Read Article]
How does the brain work? We're bombarded with research and discoveries, but we're always left with more questions. There is a revolution happening in cognitive science that's on par with that of Galileo. Michele Di Francesco, philosopher of the mind, explains what it means.
"A broad, burgeoning field called embodied cognition... argues that cognitive processes aren’t separate from senses and motor functions... 'The body, the gut, the senses, the immune system, the lymphatic system, are so instantaneously and so complicatedly interacting with the brain that you can’t draw a line across the neck and say ‘above the line it’s smart and below the line it’s menial' ...Most of Western culture is tilted toward an abstracted intelligence that ignores or denigrates sensorimotor knowledge” [Read Article]
"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]