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Is the "Brain Wired for God?" Is there a genetic, neurological, or evolutionary basis for religious belief?
These questions and more are answered by one of the pioneers in the field of neuroscience and neuropsychology, Dr.R. Joseph. Dr. Joseph was the first to demonstrate neuroplasticity and recovery of neural function in primates, the first to conclusively demonstrate the effects of hormones on sex differences in cognition, and the first to conclusively demonstrate the role of early environmental influences on learning and memory--researched published in the 1970s and early 1980s. Dr.Joseph also shares the distinction, along with that of Drs. Newberg, Persinger, and a handful of others, of being one of the true pioneers in the field of NeuroTheology. In this amazing book, Dr. Joseph brings to bear over 30 years of expertise in the brain sciences to create one of the most unique books of our time--indeed, some say, it may even be ahead of its time.
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In the 2nd edition of his classic neuroscience textbooks (1996), Dr. Joseph stunned the scientific community by including a monograph length chapter in which he explained there was a scientific, evolutionary, and neurological foundation for religious and spiritual experience. This chapter not only caused a sensation, but has recently inspired others to write "popular" trade books in which all of Dr. Joseph's ideas, theories, research, and discoveries have been repeated. It is said that mimicry is the best form of flattery. However, we say: why accept mimicry or those who falsely lay claim to the discoveries of others, when you can have the real thing? And in this regard we are pleased to present the 3rd printing of Dr. Joseph's book: The Transmitter to God.About the Author:
Evolutionary neurobiologist and developmental neuroscientist, Dr. Rhawn Joseph pioneered research in neuroplasticity back in the 1970s when he demonstrated the profound effects of the environment on learning, memory, perception, and the developing brain, and was the first to demonstrate that atrophied neurons in the primate brain could be functionally regenerated and the first to demonstrate recovery of neural and perceptual functioning in primates. (See Publications)
In the 1970s Dr. Joseph also provided evidence that the brain was sexually differentiated, that the same exact sex differences were present in other species, that he could reverse these sex differences and the sexual differentiation of the brain, and that these sex differences were maintained regardless of rearing conditions.
In the 1980s, Dr. Joseph published a number of studies on "split-brain" functioning in adults and children, demonstrating, experimentally, the presence of two independent mental realms, localized side by side in the right and left hemisphere.
In 1982 he presented a comprehensive new theory on the neurological organization and expression of language, and introduced the concept of "limbic language," and throughout the 1980s provided experimental support for his convergence-gap filling language axis theory of speech--a neurological theory of language which has now been repeatedy experimentally verified and which numerous scientists now champion as their own.
Dr. Joseph has also pioneered research on the evolution of the brain and mind, consciousness, language, thought, religious and spiritual experience, sexuality (e.g. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2000, 29, 35-66. Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science, 2001, 36, 105-136; Behavioral & Brain Science, 2000, 23, 439-441), and the limbic system foundations of emotion.
Dr. Joseph is the author of one of the best selling neuroscience text books of all time, his theory on the origin of life was telecast almost verbatim in a 15 minute segment televised by ABC News and ABC Nightline in 1997, and his work on the neurology of religious and spiritual experience has been discussed in Time magazine's special issue on spirituality (1997).
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Book Description University Press California, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110970073313