"our early human relationships become gut-level filters that shape all future relationships, including our relationship with God."
Psychologist Todd Hall (Rosemead School of Psychology, CCT Research Fellow) writes on the power of secure human relationships to undo the sad truth that we're "Cultured to Disconnect."
This essay is Todd's contribution to the #BarnaFrames 10th Frame Contest. Read his full essay and vote for Todd by clicking here.
I am easily distracted. I can walk across my small office to do something and by the time I get to the window, I’ve forgotten why I walked to the spot in the first place. At any given time, I can feel like there are a thousand chimpanzees jumping around in my head.
Adam Green (Azusa Pacific University) writes:
"Mirror neurons quickly became a sexy topic for brain savvy folk in the ‘90s and early aughts. One of the things that helped this trend was the discovery that there appear to be neurons with mirror properties of many different kinds all throughout the animal kingdom (e.g., they are supposed to be involved in songbirds learning their songs), but they also seem especially associated with human beings.
The thought was that mirror neurons might tell us something deep about human nature. Mirror neurons were commonly implicated in imitation, action understanding, and empathy, though claims about their role in other areas were not uncommon."
Could we have non-physical souls that control our bodies by causing effects in the brain that propagate via the nervous system to our muscles? Contemporary naturalist philosophers—philosophers who understand the world solely in terms of physical causes—have three main objections to this idea. Philosopher Alexander Pruss (Baylor University) considers these objections, with attention on what has been called the "Closure Principle," which is the principle that the physical world is explanatorily closed—the explanations of physical states of affairs are always physical in nature. He concludes that the Closure Principle is false, and doesn't provide an objection to the interaction of soul and body.
...Why seven temptations? Well, why not? Seven is a good number, and they’ll be as easy to remember as the Seven Deadly Sins: greed, sloth, wrath, lust, envy, pride, and gluttony. With every temptation, however, there is a response—an opportunity to rely on God to reveal His goodness and His provision or to exercise our brokenness and our sinful nature. If we yield to the temptation, its consequences are deadly. Just to make these temptations memorable, let’s be sure to affix the Neuro- prefix to them all (these days, that seems to get everyone’s attention and brings an aura of legitimacy)...
Within Christian traditions the concept of the soul plays a critical role in Church teaching and theology. For many philosophers, the soul was assumed to be a fundamental part of human nature and a starting point from which ethics and metaphysics extend. But since the Enlightenment, and with the recent advances in neuroscience, the concept of the soul has come into question. In the last 200 years, with all of the psychological, biological, and neuroscientific research that has been conducted, many are asking the question, “Do we have souls?”