Why are humans religious? As an aspiring rabbi, this is a central question of my life.
Are we hard-wired to believe in God? This is an area of investigation that has been called by some “neurotheology.”
As we discover more and more about the brain, will neuroscientific “explanations” about moral behavior become “excuses”? How “free” are we, and how would we even know?
An update on the “marshmallow test” suggests that if we can find small pleasures on the road to long-term happiness, we’ll be more like to stay on the path.
As someone whose shelves are overflowing with books about cognitive science, and who often integrates these findings with Jewish teachings, I want to share three books that teach Jewish ideas.
What can we learn about ourselves when we study religion scientifically?
Rabbis Josh Ratner and Fred Hyman share how their knowledge of psychology and cognitive neuroscience have informed their rabbinate.
In the internet age, we are all not only consumers of content, but producers of it, as well. Anything we say or share might become the basis of others’ work, and more likely than not, they will simply have to trust that we are telling the truth.
It’s inherently challenging for believers and atheists to have productive conversations. But one bright person interested in broadening the conversation is Sam McNerney, a science writer who focuses on cognitive science and an atheist interested in religion from a psychological point of view. So as two people with different religious outlooks we wondered: what can we learn from each other?
why might critical thinking lessen religious belief? Why might intuitive thinking strengthen it? And what are the implications for the religious community?