Why are morality, religious experience, and love topics that are often perceived as being beyond the scope of science?
How do our competing cognitive systems – one fast and one slow, as described by Daniel Kahneman – frame our experience of God?
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?
If you’re curious about religion as a human phenomenon, this massive online-only course (MOOC) through the University of British Columbia will be a good opportunity to start learning.
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.