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  • The Illusion of Gods Presence
  • John C. Wathey
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  • 06 April 2019
  • 9781633880757

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    characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John C. Wathey John C. Wathey ↠ 0 read The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 The Illusion of God’s Presence The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing by John C Wathey“The Illusion of God’s Presence” is a very solid book that provides biological insights into the belief of “God” Biologist John C

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    characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John C. Wathey John C. Wathey ↠ 0 read The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 The author holds that few people believe in gods or the supernatural because they are convinced by logical arguments or make a rational decision Instead belief is emotional and experiential not intellectual and I agree Most

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    The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 John C. Wathey ↠ 0 read review The Illusion of Gods Presence A few decades back my wife and I took the kids to Disney World In August On the third day of heat and humidity we were sch

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    The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 Wathey a computational biologist advances a hypothesis such that admits few refutations It is well presented well argued and copiously documented we're dealing here with a hard core empiricist Maybe one that will not go down in history as one of science's great explicators He is no popularizer Wathey is a scientist for scientistsHis prose is wry and dry; to the point His idea is uite simple the religious expe

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    review The Illusion of Gods Presence The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 John C. Wathey ↠ 0 read This is a uite insightful and stimulating book I will take a little bit different review angle than other five starrers to offer additional insights — and one critical bit of critiueLike Scott Atran and Pascal Boyer Wathey offers an evolutionary based account of the development of human religious belief Unlike them though he does not go down the road of cognitive theories While not rejecting the idea that agency imputation and pattern d

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    The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 There are a lot of individuals who in spite of reason and lack of evidence still persist in believing in a God There is no argument th

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    characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John C. Wathey John C. Wathey ↠ 0 read review The Illusion of Gods Presence The Origin of God RevealedThe best explanation of belief in gods I have found The roots of belief lie in our extended early developmental genetic and experiential relationships with care givers mothers especially a

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    characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John C. Wathey John C. Wathey ↠ 0 read review The Illusion of Gods Presence Very insightful Enough things to think about for a while We develop the idea of Another when we are just babes and the sense of Another stays with us until we discover where it came from and why The evolutionary byproduct o

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    The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John C. Wathey review The Illusion of Gods Presence Interesting interpretation of how religion startedOverall I enjoyed this book uite a lot I was a little bit disappointed that I wasn't reading the scientific book that he keeps teasing us with but this book was enjoyable Chapter 10 did saga bit with technicality correct science but overall is thesis seemed sou

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    John C. Wathey ↠ 0 read characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ John C. Wathey review The Illusion of Gods Presence To thoughtful religious practitioners it will come as no surprise that the experience of God's presence is rooted in perfectly natural biological psychological and anthropological processes Assertions of faith at

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The Illusion of Gods Presence

review The Illusion of Gods Presence The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 Giosity of women relative to men; religious obsessions with sex; the mysterious compulsion to pray; the seemingly irrepressible feminine attributes of God even in traditionally patriarchal religions; and the strange allure of cults Finally Dr Wathey considers the hypothesis that religion evolved to foster reproductive success arguing that in an age of potentially ruinous overpopulation magical thinking has become a luxury we can no longer afford one that distracts us from urgent threats to our planetDeeply researched yet elegantly written in a jargon free and accessible style this book presents a compelling interpretation of the evolutionary origins of spirituality and religion From the Hardcover editio. Interesting interpretation of how religion startedOverall I enjoyed this book uite a lot I was a little bit disappointed that I wasn t reading the scientific book that he keeps teasing us with but this book was enjoyable Chapter 10 did saga bit with technicality correct science but overall is thesis seemed sound

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review The Illusion of Gods Presence The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God's presence More than any rituals or doctrines it is this experience that anchors religious faith yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religionStarting with a vivid narrative account of the life threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the illusion of God's presence His book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother child bond Dr Wathey a veteran neuroscientist. A few decades back my wife and I took the kids to Disney World In August On the third day of heat and humidity we were scheduled to go to that movie themed park which is part of Disney I think they changed the name of it relatively recently but whatever Anyway all my wife and kids wanted to do was stay at the hotel and go to the pool I being stubborn posited that I had not flown practically the width of the country to do something we could have easily and cheaply done at home My wife claimed it was not the heat not even the humidity that was keeping her from the movie park but the fear that seeing how they do the wonderful effects would ruin the movies for her The science will take away the essence of the movies and why do I want to risk that Plus it is so freakkkkkkkkin hot Well I m going I went I waited I wiltedJohn C Wathey s The Illusion of God s Presence had me thinking of those Disney days again Reading it was interesting and entertaining to say the least In fact I would say the book contained some of the most interesting information detailing scores of fascinating scientific studies all presented in the most boring style I think I ve encountered I went I waded I wiltedThere was a point or two during the early course of my reading that I thought perhaps the most memorable thing I would take from this book was the realization of the dyslexically similar spelling of two fields which have interested me going back probably to 10 BDE ie Before the Disney Era mentioned previously Theology and Ethology I majored in Psychology with an emphasis on Animal Behavior and almost enrolled in the monastery after graduation Not so though there was much memorable information in the book It was interesting to read of the various tie ins beyond their spelling between those two ologies For the most part Wathey made many excellent points However at times even though I agreed with most of his reasoning his conclusions felt a bit heavy handed to meCan things be too interesting I know it sounds ridiculous but I did get so engrossed in so many of the consecutively explicated scientific experimental findings that when Wathey finally returned to his title subject I audibly uttered Oh yeah the God thing The last subsection of the book felt ironically preachy to me not that I disagree with its main premise I see the connection Wathey was making but I thought that topic God Humanity and the Earth would have functioned better and felt less preachy if it were an Appendix In fact the entire Chapter 15 What if God is not Real may have functioned better as an Appendix because I feel it went beyond the scientific discussion of the illusion of God s presence presenting the author s personal views again not that I necessarily disagree with those viewsI know Mr Wathey is supremely proud of his seuel and he has every right to be I m sure it is well researched and extremely thorough in its presentation and explications just as this current work is However I couldn t help but chuckle after the nth reference to his seuel where n exceeded my species specific innate releasing mechanism threshold a small homage to Lorenz and Tinbergen At that point every reference to the seuel took on a John Frum or Godot feel He said it s coming Just wait You ll see Charlie BrownAs I finished the book on a beautiful Labor Day afternoon I contemplated the many thought provoking studies I had now been made aware of Fascinating for sure Valid no doubt Stimulating absolutely Discussion provoking indeed But I have a nagging thought Perhaps my wife s opinion of that Disney movie park vs the movies applies here Science as valid as it is may take away the essence of religion Why do I want to risk that Plus Wathey s style is so freakkkkkkkkin dry Let s go to the pool

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review The Illusion of Gods Presence The Illusion of Gods Presence characters Ë 0 Argues that evolution has programmed the infant brain to expect the presence of a loving being who responds to the child's needs As the infant grows into adulthood this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the realm of religion where it is reactivated through the symbols imagery and rituals of worship The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy These insights shed new light on some of the most vexing puzzles of religion like the popular belief in a god who is judgmental and punishing yet also unconditionally loving; the extraordinary tenacity of faith; the greater reli. Wathey a computational biologist advances a hypothesis such that admits few refutations It is well presented well argued and copiously documented we re dealing here with a hard core empiricist Maybe one that will not go down in history as one of science s great explicators He is no popularizer Wathey is a scientist for scientistsHis prose is wry and dry to the point His idea is uite simple the religious experience of God s presence is a vestigial phantom sensation of our hardwired neonatal longing for mother His arguments and his evidence are airtightHaving said that I believe Chapter 11 is a witheringly unnecessary digression Wathey makes up for it with Chapter 14 a Ramachandran like feast of neurological curiositiesThis is an important book that will make ripples in neurotheological studies