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Origins of Religion

Does The Eternal Soul Exist? Studies Of Brain Damage Suggest No

Michael Graziano | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

There really is such a thing as spirit, but it is not as people have imagined it in the past. Spirit is information of a special kind. It is quirky and individual to each of us, and is precious because it is not eternal.

Is Spirituality A Byproduct Of Evolution?

Michael Graziano | Posted 10.05.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

We are beings that do not see the world literally or dispassionately. We see the world filtered through our most developed talent, our social intelligence, and spirituality is a direct consequence.

The Spirit Constructed In The Brain

Michael Graziano | Posted 06.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

Our brains actively paint consciousness onto ourselves and onto the objects around us -- and the implications for spiritual belief are rather startling.

The Darwinian Evolution of Religion

Michael Graziano | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

Eradicating religion is not possible. It is a fallacy that ignores the specs of the human machine. We are not rational entities. Religion grows on the social machinery in our brains.

Fear Of Death, Joy Of Life And The Origins Of God

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

By including the supernatural, community rituals that had incidental health and healing effects became shamanistic rituals of individual and community healing. The effects of these healing rituals were quite real.

The Discovery Channel Shooter: James Lee's Rage Against Civilization

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The battle against terrorism requires that we understand its ideational roots, not all of which are intrinsically evil or irrational.