Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Neural Buddhists

I love this article by David Brooks for the NYT. It's about the way "science and mysticism are joining hands and reinforcing each other."

The Neural Buddhists

"This new wave of research will not seep into the public realm in the form of militant atheism. Instead it will lead to what you might call neural Buddhism.

If you survey the literature (and I’d recommend books by Newberg, Daniel J. Siegel, Michael S. Gazzaniga, Jonathan Haidt, Antonio Damasio and Marc D. Hauser if you want to get up to speed), you can see that certain beliefs will spread into the wider discussion.

First, the self is not a fixed entity but a dynamic process of relationships. Second, underneath the patina of different religions, people around the world have common moral intuitions. Third, people are equipped to experience the sacred, to have moments of elevated experience when they transcend boundaries and overflow with love. Fourth, God can best be conceived as the nature one experiences at those moments, the unknowable total of all there is."

1 comment:

imaginarybeings said...

Word! :)

This kind of thing seems so obvious to me... I don't know why it's so difficult to reconcile for others...