March 15, 2011

Review - God Soul Mind Brain (Michael S.A. Graziano)

Being both a Neuroscientist and a novelist, Michael S.A. Graziano delves into the subject of our perception of the world in his latest book God Soul Mind Brain: A Neuroscientist's Reflections On The Spirit World, explaining how the perceptions of the world depend on machinery in the brain.
In clear language and with helpful examples like the one of the red apple which, in fact, isn't red as color is just an invented attribute computed inside our heads, the author takes the reader on a fascinating journey through perception, illusion and consciousness, as well as explaining the machinery aka the brain that enables us to perceive. Presenting underlying concepts, rather than implementing a vast amount of scientific details, this is a truly fascinating little book which is highly comprehensible written as the technical jargon is really kept to the absolute minimum.
Despite what some might think when reading the title of the book, Graziano doesn't try to explain God away in the sense of dismissal, but instead tries to find a deeper understanding of the world. Closing the book with brief speculations on religion as cultural phenomenon the reader is left with a different approach to the origin of religious beliefs and in the end it is up the each individual how we perceive God. Through the mind, the heart, or both.
In short: A profound little book on how we perceive the material and immaterial world, including God. And apples.

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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