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Giosity of women relative to men; religious obsessions with sex; the mysterious compulsion to pray; the seemingly irrepressible feminine attributes of God even in traditionally patriarchal religions; and the strange allure of cults Finally Dr Wathey considers the hypothesis that religion evolved to foster reproductive success arguing that in an age of potentially ruinous overpopulation magical thinking has become a luxury we can no longer afford one that distracts us from urgent threats to our planetDeeply researched yet elegantly written in a jargon free and accessible style this book presents a compelling interpretation of the evolutionary origins of spirituality and religion From the Hardcover editio. Interesting interpretation of how religion startedOverall I enjoyed this book uite a lot I was a little bit disappointed that I wasn t reading the scientific book that he keeps teasing us with but this book was enjoyable Chapter 10 did saga bit with technicality correct science but overall is thesis seemed sound Homewrecker relative to men; Make your own model forts & castles religious obsessions with sex; the mysterious compulsion to pray; the seemingly irrepressible feminine attributes of God even in traditionally patriarchal Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury religions; and the strange allure of cults Finally Dr Wathey considers the hypothesis that How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim religion evolved to foster Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic ruinous overpopulation magical thinking has become a luxury we can no longer afford one that distracts us from urgent threats to our planetDeeply A Daddy for Christmas religion From the Hardcover editio. Interesting interpretation of how Banned in Britain religion startedOverall I enjoyed this book uite a lot I was a little bit disappointed that I wasn t Hour of the Beast reading the scientific book that he keeps teasing us with but this book was enjoyable Chapter 10 did saga bit with technicality correct science but overall is thesis seemed sound

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Argues that evolution has programmed the infant brain to expect the presence of a loving being who responds to the child's needs As the infant grows into adulthood this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the realm of religion where it is reactivated through the symbols imagery and rituals of worship The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy These insights shed new light on some of the most vexing puzzles of religion like the popular belief in a god who is judgmental and punishing yet also unconditionally loving; the extraordinary tenacity of faith; the greater reli. This is a uite insightful and stimulating book I will take a little bit different review angle than other five starrers to offer additional insights and one critical bit of critiueLike Scott Atran and Pascal Boyer Wathey offers an evolutionary based account of the development of human religious belief Unlike them though he does not go down the road of cognitive theories While not rejecting the idea that agency imputation and pattern detection run amok beyond our early hominim days and hacked could have been part of the evolution of religion he says that they re insufficient To add to his thoughts the best that can do is say that Something that is Out There is causing otherwise inexplicable things to happenHowever the AtranBoyer angle can t fully explain a personal deity one whose presence countless millions believe they have ineffably experienced and whom billions believe exist as a personal deity In other words they don t explain the rise of belief in a god or gods with whom people believe they have a personal relationshipAnd that s where Wathey starts He believes that attachment theory hacked can explain just that He notes that it especially explains what people call spirituality Now he then adds that this is often feminine in nature What about the masculine image of god in western monotheisms Wathey says that comes from the organized religion side of what constitutes religion He uses parallel lists of dualitiespolarities with some as sliding scale semi polarities to illustrate this with neonatalindividualfeminineimmanent vs socialcorporatemasculinetranscendent He backs this up with surveys about people who identify is primarily religious only primarily spiritual only those spiritual and religious and those neither From there he goes in yet further directions many of which he promises will get yet exploration in a seuelAs other reviewers note so called New Atheists may not like this book any than they do Atran or Boyer Both they and he treat religious beliefs and accounts of religious experiences with respect Wathey adds that he even personallyas a secularist once had a sensation of being in the presence of what he would call the other were he religiousThat gets to the one mild criticism Wathey s clearly talking about things that could be subsumed under numinous as popularized by Rudolf Otto then Jung et al though they may not have personalized this experience as much as he does to personal mystic experiences It was surprising not to see him further explore this avenue in fact Otto isn t even mentioned by name Pieces 8 (Pieces, responds to the child's needs As the infant grows into adulthood this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the Time Flies and Other Short Plays realm of Fall (VIP Book 3) (English Edition) religion where it is Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) reactivated through the symbols imagery and Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra rituals of worship The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy These insights shed new light on some of the most vexing puzzles of Chinas Son religion like the popular belief in a god who is judgmental and punishing yet also unconditionally loving; the extraordinary tenacity of faith; the greater Welcome to the Desert of the Real reli. This is a uite insightful and stimulating book I will take a little bit different Dead End Bluff review angle than other five starrers to offer additional insights and one critical bit of critiueLike Scott Atran and Pascal Boyer Wathey offers an evolutionary based account of the development of human King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers religious belief Unlike them though he does not go down the Factory of Death rejecting the idea that agency imputation and pattern detection Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, run amok beyond our early hominim days and hacked could have been part of the evolution of Rapid Math Without A Calculator religion he says that they Almost Late for School re insufficient To add to his thoughts the best that can do is say that Something that is Out There is causing otherwise inexplicable things to happenHowever the AtranBoyer angle can t fully explain a personal deity one whose presence countless millions believe they have ineffably experienced and whom billions believe exist as a personal deity In other words they don t explain the Seduced by My Doms (The Doms of Genesis, rise of belief in a god or gods with whom people believe they have a personal The Certainty of Violet and Luke (Volume 5) relationshipAnd that s where Wathey starts He believes that attachment theory hacked can explain just that He notes that it especially explains what people call spirituality Now he then adds that this is often feminine in nature What about the masculine image of god in western monotheisms Wathey says that comes from the organized Kane Richards Must Die religion side of what constitutes M-am săturat să fiu prost religious only primarily spiritual only those spiritual and Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness, religious and those neither From there he goes in yet further directions many of which he promises will get yet exploration in a seuelAs other The Protestant Temperament religious beliefs and accounts of Some Kind of Wonderful religious experiences with Cabin 28 respect Wathey adds that he even personallyas a secularist once had a sensation of being in the presence of what he would call the other were he

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An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God's presence More than any rituals or doctrines it is this experience that anchors religious faith yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religionStarting with a vivid narrative account of the life threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the illusion of God's presence His book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother child bond Dr Wathey a veteran neuroscientist. A few decades back my wife and I took the kids to Disney World In August On the third day of heat and humidity we were scheduled to go to that movie themed park which is part of Disney I think they changed the name of it relatively recently but whatever Anyway all my wife and kids wanted to do was stay at the hotel and go to the pool I being stubborn posited that I had not flown practically the width of the country to do something we could have easily and cheaply done at home My wife claimed it was not the heat not even the humidity that was keeping her from the movie park but the fear that seeing how they do the wonderful effects would ruin the movies for her The science will take away the essence of the movies and why do I want to risk that Plus it is so freakkkkkkkkin hot Well I m going I went I waited I wiltedJohn C Wathey s The Illusion of God s Presence had me thinking of those Disney days again Reading it was interesting and entertaining to say the least In fact I would say the book contained some of the most interesting information detailing scores of fascinating scientific studies all presented in the most boring style I think I ve encountered I went I waded I wiltedThere was a point or two during the early course of my reading that I thought perhaps the most memorable thing I would take from this book was the realization of the dyslexically similar spelling of two fields which have interested me going back probably to 10 BDE ie Before the Disney Era mentioned previously Theology and Ethology I majored in Psychology with an emphasis on Animal Behavior and almost enrolled in the monastery after graduation Not so though there was much memorable information in the book It was interesting to read of the various tie ins beyond their spelling between those two ologies For the most part Wathey made many excellent points However at times even though I agreed with most of his reasoning his conclusions felt a bit heavy handed to meCan things be too interesting I know it sounds ridiculous but I did get so engrossed in so many of the consecutively explicated scientific experimental findings that when Wathey finally returned to his title subject I audibly uttered Oh yeah the God thing The last subsection of the book felt ironically preachy to me not that I disagree with its main premise I see the connection Wathey was making but I thought that topic God Humanity and the Earth would have functioned better and felt less preachy if it were an Appendix In fact the entire Chapter 15 What if God is not Real may have functioned better as an Appendix because I feel it went beyond the scientific discussion of the illusion of God s presence presenting the author s personal views again not that I necessarily disagree with those viewsI know Mr Wathey is supremely proud of his seuel and he has every right to be I m sure it is well researched and extremely thorough in its presentation and explications just as this current work is However I couldn t help but chuckle after the nth reference to his seuel where n exceeded my species specific innate releasing mechanism threshold a small homage to Lorenz and Tinbergen At that point every reference to the seuel took on a John Frum or Godot feel He said it s coming Just wait You ll see Charlie BrownAs I finished the book on a beautiful Labor Day afternoon I contemplated the many thought provoking studies I had now been made aware of Fascinating for sure Valid no doubt Stimulating absolutely Discussion provoking indeed But I have a nagging thought Perhaps my wife s opinion of that Disney movie park vs the movies applies here Science as valid as it is may take away the essence of religion Why do I want to risk that Plus Wathey s style is so freakkkkkkkkin dry Let s go to the pool Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God's presence More than any Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 rituals or doctrines it is this experience that anchors The Fatima Century religious faith yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on Leah Starrs Revenge religionStarting with a vivid narrative account of the life threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience biologist John Wathey takes the Pieces 8 (Pieces, reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of Time Flies and Other Short Plays religious feeling and the illusion of God's presence His book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother child bond Dr Wathey a veteran neuroscientist. A few decades back my wife and I took the kids to Disney World In August On the third day of heat and humidity we were scheduled to go to that movie themed park which is part of Disney I think they changed the name of it Fall (VIP Book 3) (English Edition) relatively Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) recently but whatever Anyway all my wife and kids wanted to do was stay at the hotel and go to the pool I being stubborn posited that I had not flown practically the width of the country to do something we could have easily and cheaply done at home My wife claimed it was not the heat not even the humidity that was keeping her from the movie park but the fear that seeing how they do the wonderful effects would Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra ruin the movies for her The science will take away the essence of the movies and why do I want to Chinas Son risk that Plus it is so freakkkkkkkkin hot Well I m going I went I waited I wiltedJohn C Wathey s The Illusion of God s Presence had me thinking of those Disney days again Reading it was interesting and entertaining to say the least In fact I would say the book contained some of the most interesting information detailing scores of fascinating scientific studies all presented in the most boring style I think I ve encountered I went I waded I wiltedThere was a point or two during the early course of my Welcome to the Desert of the Real reading that I thought perhaps the most memorable thing I would take from this book was the Dead End Bluff realization of the dyslexically similar spelling of two fields which have interested me going back probably to 10 BDE ie Before the Disney Era mentioned previously Theology and Ethology I majored in Psychology with an emphasis on Animal Behavior and almost enrolled in the monastery after graduation Not so though there was much memorable information in the book It was interesting to King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers read of the various tie ins beyond their spelling between those two ologies For the most part Wathey made many excellent points However at times even though I agreed with most of his Factory of Death ridiculous but I did get so engrossed in so many of the consecutively explicated scientific experimental findings that when Wathey finally Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, returned to his title subject I audibly uttered Oh yeah the God thing The last subsection of the book felt ironically preachy to me not that I disagree with its main premise I see the connection Wathey was making but I thought that topic God Humanity and the Earth would have functioned better and felt less preachy if it were an Appendix In fact the entire Chapter 15 What if God is not Real may have functioned better as an Appendix because I feel it went beyond the scientific discussion of the illusion of God s presence presenting the author s personal views again not that I necessarily disagree with those viewsI know Mr Wathey is supremely proud of his seuel and he has every Rapid Math Without A Calculator right to be I m sure it is well Almost Late for School researched and extremely thorough in its presentation and explications just as this current work is However I couldn t help but chuckle after the nth Seduced by My Doms (The Doms of Genesis, reference to his seuel where n exceeded my species specific innate The Certainty of Violet and Luke (Volume 5) releasing mechanism threshold a small homage to Lorenz and Tinbergen At that point every Kane Richards Must Die reference to the seuel took on a John Frum or Godot feel He said it s coming Just wait You ll see Charlie BrownAs I finished the book on a beautiful Labor Day afternoon I contemplated the many thought provoking studies I had now been made aware of Fascinating for sure Valid no doubt Stimulating absolutely Discussion provoking indeed But I have a nagging thought Perhaps my wife s opinion of that Disney movie park vs the movies applies here Science as valid as it is may take away the essence of M-am săturat să fiu prost risk that Plus Wathey s style is so freakkkkkkkkin dry Let s go to the pool

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About the Author: John C. Wathey

John C Wathey is a computational biologist whose research interests include evolutionary algorithms protein folding and the biology of nervous systems From 1991 to 1995 he was a senior applications scientist at Biosym Technologies now named Biovia a company that develops molecular modeling software for the pharmaceutical industry In 1996 he founded his own business Wathey Research and



10 thoughts on “The Illusion of Gods Presence

  1. says:

    The Illusion of God’s Presence The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing by John C Wathey“The Illusion of God’s Presence” is a very solid book that provides biological insights into the belief of “God” Biologi

  2. says:

    The author holds that few people believe in gods or the supernatural because they are convinced by logical arguments or make a rational decision Instead belief is emotional and experiential not intellectual and I agree Most people he holds be

  3. says:

    A few decades back my wife and I took the kids to Disney World In August On the third day of heat and humidity we were scheduled to go to that movie themed park which is part of Disney; I think they changed the name of it

  4. says:

    Wathey a computational biologist advances a hypothesis such that admits few refutations It is well presented well argued and copiously documented we're dealing here with a hard core empiricist Maybe one that will not go down in history as one of science's great explicators He is no popularizer Wathey is a scientist for scientistsHis prose is

  5. says:

    This is a uite insightful and stimulating book I will take a little bit different review angle than other five starrers to offer additional insights — and one critical bit of critiueLike Scott Atran and Pascal Boyer Wathey offers an evolutionary based account of the development of human religious belief Unlike them tho

  6. says:

    There are a lot of individuals who in spite of reason and lack of evidence still persist in believing in a God There is no argument that can convince them for they claim to have 'experienced' god personally and thus can be

  7. says:

    The Origin of God RevealedThe best explanation of belief in gods I have found The roots of belief lie in our extended early developmental genetic and experiential relationships with care givers mothers especially and social bonding The rather bleak ending of the book bothered me because it rang true that our course as a species may bring ou

  8. says:

    Very insightful Enough things to think about for a while We develop the idea of Another when we are just babes and the sense of Another stays with us until we discover where it came from and why The evolutionary byproduct of our biological underpinnings

  9. says:

    Interesting interpretation of how religion startedOverall I enjoyed this book uite a lot I was a little bit disappointed that I wasn't reading the scientific book that he keeps teasing us with but this book was enjoyable Chapter 10

  10. says:

    To thoughtful religious practitioners it will come as no surprise that the experience of God's presence is rooted in perfectly natural biological psychological and anthropological processes Assertions of faith at least healthy ones need not diminish nature and science On the contrary holistic spirituality recognizes the profound union of God with all creation Is God's presence an illusion? Who knows But here's a well written and

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