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.
What do seeing oneself as a part of nature and seeing oneself as part of a massive demonstration have in common?
Sometimes we need to be jolted out of our daily complacency to see the true wonder of the natural world.
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.
Patience is a required not only for awe-inspiring scientific discovery. It’s needed in our day-to-day lives, as well.
If transcendence can help us become better people, then not only science, but religion, can add something to the conversation, as well.
Belief, joy, awe, curiosity — these feelings are more than religious. They are more than scientific. They are reflections of the best of what it means to be human. They are the sources from which both religion and science spring.