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Contradictions

Neuroscience and Religion

Authors: Musacchio, José M.

  • Takes issue with Decartes about the duality of mind and body
  • Exposes some of the numerous irrational beliefs that permeate our culture
  • Draws attention to the incompatibility of different religions
  • Helps to explain the origin and evolution of human nature
  • Describes the essential characteristics of qualitiative experiences, or qualia
  • Based on the author’s long experience in neuroscience
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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.

About the authors

Dr. José M. Musacchio is Professor Emeritus of pharmacology at New York University Medical School. He received his M.D. from the National University of La Plata, Argentina, where he trained in neurology and psychiatry. Later he completed his training in Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where he was Chief Resident in neurology. He also trained in neurochemistry and psychopharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health, in Bethesda, MD, and became Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacology at NYU Medical School in 1965. He is the author of one hundred publications in his field.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“Professor Musacchio’s book Contradictions was for me an immensely readable and enlightening survey of philosophical issues tackled from the point of a view of a trained neurologist. … Musacchio’s book represents a commendable first attempt at a more interdisciplinary approach to philosophy of mind and neuroscience … . Anyone interested in a fresh and well-founded theory of qualia, semantics, and even religious experiences would do well to pick up Professor Musacchio’s book.” (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, May, 2014)

“The author describes how complex networks of neural connections produce all human experiences, from simple motor movements to one’s encounters with a transcendent reality. The strength of the author’s arguments resides in an engaging series of case studies that help readers connect neurophysiological principles to how individuals ‘experience’ their brains. … the book is a valuable addition to the science and religion debate. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (J. A. Hewlett, Choice, Vol. 50 (7), March, 2013)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The universality of religious beliefs

    Musacchio, José M.

    Pages 1-12

  • The contradictions and consequences of religious beliefs

    Musacchio, José M.

    Pages 13-26

  • The evolution of human ancestors

    Musacchio, José M.

    Pages 27-35

  • The most amazing window on human nature

    Musacchio, José M.

    Pages 37-57

  • Why qualia and consciousness seem mysterious

    Musacchio, José M.

    Pages 59-81

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-27198-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-27197-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contradictions
Book Subtitle
Neuroscience and Religion
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-27198-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-27198-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-27197-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 195
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations
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