Interested in the Cognitive Science of Meditation, Mindfulness, Intelligence and Cognitive Function?

I recently discovered a great blog on ScienceBlogs entitled Developing Intelligence. Produced by University of Colarado at Boulder Cognitive Neuroscience graduate student, Chris Chatham, Developing Intelligence profiles fascinating current Cognitive Science research on mindfulness meditation and other means of training attention. Specifically, Chatham discusses demonstrated effects of mental training techniques on attention, meta-cognition and executive … Continue reading

On personal spiritualism and liberal religiosity

A little while back a friend asked me if I thought that recent violent acts by religious fundamentalists have stained the benefits of interiorized spirituality. Since this is a good question and one at the heart of much of my thinking on religion and “spirituality” (I’ll explain the shutter quotes later), I figured I’d make … Continue reading

Sam Harris: It’s not about atheism, it’s about reason and genuine respect for the well-being of others

Having just watched the recent Sam Harris + Rabbi David Wolpe debate on the existence of God, I was reminded of Sam Harris’ very important and agreeable position that a big part of the cultural struggle being fought be secularists should not be about atheism specifically, but about reason generally. Now, the subject of religion … Continue reading

United Church of Christ strongly supports evolution

The National Center for Science Education reports that the United Church of Christ has released a new statement on faith, science and technology that describes evolution as a matter of fact. The statement also espouses the misguided faith-based assertion that evolution is the means by which God creates, and claims erroneously that science and religion … Continue reading

Doubt in and faking of faith, and the need for secular alternatives to religious communities

A reader, postthought, expressed curiosity regarding why so many Americans are religious despite their access to education. She also opined that many of the faithful are faking their faith. Here are some of my quick thoughts on these matters:

I would like to welcome Reynard T, soon to be ex-Christian, to atheism!

Devout Christian reader Reynard T had this to say in response to┬ámy religion/myth book section photo: It just shows the ignorance and misinformation that people have about the reliability of the Bible. The history section perhaps but the Bible is the most reliable book in history and the message in it is the ONLY one … Continue reading

Meditation can change brain function: U of T Psychology and Psychiatry

A study on the effects of meditation on brain function at the University of Toronto by Cognitive Psychologist Dr. Adam Anderson, PhD candidate Norman Farm, and Psychiatrist and internationally reknowned leader in research on mindfulness meditation, Dr. Zindel Segal, has found that training in meditation can produce changes in brain function in nonclinical populations.