Not A Bot

We’ve been imitating our machines ever since we built them to imitate us. From Taylorism to dubstep dance, from C to philosophies of mind, from streamlining to the art of the glitch; our machines, and especially our computers, have been the objects of our contemplation, amusement, oppression, admiration, and fear—not in that order, and sometimes all at once. It seems we cannot get enough of our mechanical mirror stage.

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Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain: Scientific American

This new study is intriguing and important. It makes us think more about the complexity of the relationship between religion and the brain. This field of scholarship, referred to as neurotheology, can greatly advance our understanding of religion, spirituality, and the brain. Continued studies of both the acute and chronic effects of religion on the brain will be highly valuable. For now, we can be certain that religion affects the brain–we just are not certain how.

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