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The Human Meaning of the Brain

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This study attempts to show that brain research brings to light religious meanings. There is a physical basis of religion in that the way the brain has evolved makes possible the religious meanings of human experience. The brain grows out of and reflects the universe. The brain is an icon of God. In the analysis of the brain's various parts and functions the relational dimensions of reality are uncovered in their physical basis. This points to ultimate reality as social and to a social God. As such, the structures of reality, experienced through the brain, reflect the reality of God.

Keywords: brain; empathy; limbic system; meaning; neuroscience; other; relationality; religious experience; social God; symbol

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.1901999190

Affiliations: North Park University, Chicago, IL

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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