David Brooks, in his New York Times op-ed column “The Neural Buddhists,” offers speculations about how the “cognitive revolution” will impact religious belief. He goes on to cite studies by Andrew Newberg and others studying brain states that correlate with particular religious practices and experiences and then speculates as to what such research might mean for undercutting or bolstering particular religious commitments. Specifically, he suggests that doctrinal and theistic religions may be more threatened by contemporary science in this area than mystical religions. I suppose there is little harm in speculating, but we should get our “revolutions” straight. [...]Read the rest of Which cognitive revolution?.
Justin L. Barrett
Justin L. Barrett is Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind and is Lecturer in the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. With Roger Trigg, Barrett directs the Cognition, Religion, and Theology Project at Oxford. Barrett is a founding editor of the Journal of Cognition & Culture and is a consulting editor for Psychology of Religion & Spirituality. His book Why Would Anyone Believe in God? (AltaMira, 2004) presents a scientific account for the prevalence of religious beliefs. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.