Spirituality, religion, and the brain

Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

This fascinating book tackles the challenges of balancing a philosophical, spiritual view of the self with a neurological, brain-based view. Churchland—a philosopher in a family of neuroscientists—takes on this existential struggle by drawing on personal experience, research, and philosophy. The end result for the reader is a better understanding of the brain and the self, from this synthesis of the spiritual, ethical, and neurological perspectives.

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

Now a #1 New York Times bestseller, The Future of the Mind combines reality, research, and science fiction concepts to predict where we will be with our brains in the near future. Kaku has a knack for predictions and a terrific understanding of the present state of neuroscience, and his exploration of the possibilities that await us will surprise and delight you.

The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

How does the brain form and justify a belief system? And how do we separate belief from reality? Psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer delves into this topic, basing his theses on over thirty years of research findings. With examples ranging from politics to economics, from religion to the paranormal, Shermer deftly demonstrates how and why your brain creates belief systems so readily—and how science can evaluate beliefs to see how well they match up with reality