Neuroscience and Religion

  • José M. Musacchio

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Science book sub series (POPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. José M. Musacchio
    Pages 1-12
  3. José M. Musacchio
    Pages 27-35
  4. José M. Musacchio
    Pages 37-57
  5. José M. Musacchio
    Pages 59-81
  6. José M. Musacchio
    Pages 99-120
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    Pages 121-142
  8. José M. Musacchio
    Pages 143-162
  9. José M. Musacchio
    Pages 163-175
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 189-195

About this book


“Contradictions” is a general interest book that exposes the incompatibility between popular religious beliefs and the scientific view of human nature. It begins with a survey of the evolution of religions and their continuing, often irrational, influences in modern society. Then, based on his long experience in neuroscience, the author takes issue with Decartes about the duality of body and soul. He presents case studies of patients with brain diseases and from these deduces that the soul, far from being separate and supernatural, is no more or less than our way of experiencing our brains ... and which correspondingly disintegrates when they do. Convincing clinical findings and powerful arguments about the universality of truth make this book a bold contribution to the debate about belief and religion in the modern world.


Contradictory Beliefs Contradictory Beliefs Contradictory Beliefs Neuroscience of Belief, Self and Soul Neuroscience of Belief, Self and Soul Neuroscience of Belief, Self and Soul Psychology of Belief Psychology of Belief Psychology of Belief Religious and Supernatural Ideas Religious and Supernatural Ideas Religious and Supernatural Ideas

Authors and affiliations

  • José M. Musacchio
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of PharmacologyNew York University Langone Medical CentNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-27197-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-27198-4
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