David Borger Germann examines how the brain registers awe, and how we can bring this feeling to everyday experience, suffusing life with new interest and meaning.
Human confidence in what we think we know for certain almost always involves hope in things unseen.
We shouldn’t stop consulting traditional world maps, with their borders and demarcations. But we could probably all benefit from a glance at the Pale Blue Dot map, too.
Awe often leads both theists and non-theists to seek order and structure.
If we can approach our level of knowledge with humility and openness, we can discover more about ourselves and our world.
If transcendence can help us become better people, then not only science, but religion, can add something to the conversation, as well.
We human beings don’t experience the world as it is — we experience the world through the filter of our minds. How we look at and think about the world inform the way we act in it, and that informs the way both religion and science are practiced.
When people think of MIT, most people imagine one of the bastions of the scientific and engineering world. But there are at least two people there who embrace not only science, but religion, as well.
The Hebrew word for miracle, “nes,” really means a “sign.” It’s not necessarily a voice from the heavens, or even a deviation from the natural order, although those would certainly astound us. Instead, a nes is something that engenders a sense of awe and mystery.
It is far too easy for us to skim headlines and ignore context, to regurgitate ideas without considering them critically, and to find support only for perspectives we already buy into. Instead, we have a responsibility to go in depth.