Monday, December 17, 2007

What Your Brain Looks Like on Faith

I don't have access to the Annals of Neurology, or I would try to blog from the peer-reviewed paper. Perhaps Harris will post it to his web site. So for now, here is Time Magazine's take on this paper. I'm sure this won't be the only report on this journal article. You can realistically expect lots of media attention over this paper.
clipped from www.time.com
Faith  Prayer God

Sam Harris is best known for his barn-burning 2004 attack on religion, The End of Faith, which spent 33 weeks on the New York Times best-seller List. The book's sequel, Letter to a Christian Nation also came out in editions totalling hundreds of thousands. Last Monday, however, the combative Californian produced a shorter (seven pages) and seemingly calmer publication that will be a hit if it reaches 10,000 readers: "Functional Neuroimaging of Belief, Disbelief and Uncertainty." It appears in the respected journal Annals of Neurology. And Harris, 40, claims it has little if any connection to his popular two books. Believers, however, may draw their own conclusions — and may want to read his subsequent neurological studies even more carefully.
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