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|Author||: Christopher G. White|
|Editor||: Univ of California Press|
"Christopher White's Unsettled Minds makes clear how important new psychologies of religion were for those Protestants navigating their way out of Calvinism and evangelical revivalism. Just as his religious liberals remapped mind and spirit, White has remapped the historical terrain of religion and psychology in American culture. He spotlights not a cultural world absorbed with ecstasy, altered states, or mythic depths, but instead one riveted on measured stages of spiritual growth and effective habits of self-discipline."—Leigh Eric Schmidt, Princeton University "An important contribution to the growing literature on the history of religious experience and of the distinctive dynamics of Christian interiority in the modern U.S."—Robert Orsi, Northwestern University "Today, when brain researchers and psychologists are again attempting to explain religion, this remarkable study suggests that we should not be surprised to see religious believers creatively embracing new scientific findings and making use of them for religious purposes unexpected by scientists."—Ann Taves, author of Fits, Trances, and Visions
|Author||: Thomas Wasielewski-Mannstedt|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
These writings were my way of expressing myself in my different situations. As you can see by the different writings, my mood goes from dark to light. As I grew older, my writings grew with me. I tried to be a role model to my peers and my family. My writings are an expression of my state of mind and touched a lot of peoples hearts that feel the same way I do. I learned to be a better person by using my skill of writing.
|Author||: Thomas W. Polger|
|Editor||: MIT Press|
In Natural Minds Thomas Polger advocates, and defends, the philosophical theory that mind equals brain—that sensations are brain processes—and in doing so brings the mind-brain identity theory back into the philosophical debate about consciousness. The version of identity theory that Polger advocates holds that conscious processes, events, states, or properties are type- identical to biological processes, events, states, or properties—a "tough-minded" account that maintains that minds are necessarily identical to brains, a position held by few current identity theorists. Polger's approach to what William James called the "great blooming buzzing confusion" of consciousness begins with the idea that we need to know more about brains in order to understand consciousness fully, but recognizes that biology alone cannot provide the entire explanation. Natural Minds takes on issues from philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and metaphysics, moving freely among them in its discussion. Polger begins by answering two major objections to identity theory—Hilary Putnam's argument from multiple realizability (which discounts identity theory because creatures with brains unlike ours could also have mental states) and Saul Kripke's modal argument against mind-brain identity (based on the apparent contingency of the identity statement). He then offers a detailed account of functionalism and functional realization, which offer the most serious obstacle to consideration of identity theory. Polger argues that identity theory can itself satisfy the kind of explanatory demands that are often believed to favor functionalism.
|Author||: Beverly J. Justice|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
This book is a collection of twelve fictional stories with an unusual slant. Some serve a touch of the paranormal without the gore and fright aspects, and some depict the ever-present conflicts between the human heart and the mind. Just as everything in life is not always black or white, the characters in these stories are complex and not easily categorized as "good" versus "evil."
|Author||: Horace Hayman Wilson|
A Few Remarks Upon Four Papers from the Boston Courier Concerning Theodore Parker Ralph Waldo Emerson George William Curtis and the Abolitionists
|Author||: Robert Whytehead|