The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and a Search for the Soul (Paperback)
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For fans of Deepak Chopra, Rudy Tanzi, and Andrew Newberg. A renowned behavioral neurologist provides insights to some of the most curious spiritual questions we all face.
Is there a God?
It’s a question billions of people have asked since the dawn of time. You would think by now we’d have a satisfactory, universal answer. No such luck…Or maybe we do and we just need to look in the right place. For Dr. Jay Lombard that place is the brain, and more importantly the mind, that center of awareness and consciousness that creates reality.
In The Mind of God, Dr. Lombard employs case studies from his own behavioral neurology practice to explore the spiritual conundrums that we all ask ourselves: What is the nature of God? Does my life have purpose? What's the meaning of our existence? Are we free? What happens to us when we die?
For Lombard, these metaphysical questions are a jumping-off point for exploring the brain in search of the seat of the soul. It is neuroscience, the author contends, and how we and our brains interpret what’s going on around us that can lead us to a deeper and more fulfilling faith.
Mixing his personal experiences in the medical field (including compelling cases such as the male patient who really thought he was pregnant and a woman who literally scared herself to death) along with his own visionary insight into spiritual experience, Lombard has much to tell us about the nature and power of belief—and what we can do to focus our beliefs in a positive direction.
If you want to find more meaning in your life or are searching for a deeper understanding of why we believe what we believe, then this book can lead to an exciting transformation in the way you see and understand the world around you. With cutting-edge research and provocative case studies, renowned behavioral neurologist provides insights to some of the most curious spiritual questions of mortality.
About the Author
Dr. Jay Lombard, a Board-certified Neurologist, is the co-founder, chief scientific officer, and medical director for Genomind, a precision medicine company for patients with psychiatric and neurological conditions. The company is committed to discovering the underlying causes of neuropsychiatric disorders, and supports the development of personalized medicine for clinical practice. Dr. Lombard has developed a genetic diagnostic test, and has been granted several patents for biomarker diagnostics in psychiatry and neurology. The technology he developed has been regarded by several key opinion leaders as one of the most significant breakthroughs in psychiatry.
★ Starred Review "Contextualizing scientific precepts with humanizing personal accounts ofpsychiatric patients—and family members—Lombard erects a much-needed bridge between science and faith." -- Booklist
"The Mind of God is an elegant and wisebook that leads us to wonder about and fashion our own unique answers to some of the most baffling and vital of questions." –Psychology Today
“The Mind of God is inspiring, insightful and thought provoking. This book will awaken new connections in our understanding of the exhilarating relationship between reality, reason, and faith.”
–Deepak Chopra, MD, and New York Times Bestseller of How to Know God
“Dr. Jay Lombard beautifully illustrates in The Mind of God that the answer to how our brain brings us the experience of mind and the universe lies at the very interface of science and faith. No book has ever addressed these important questions more reasonably and masterfully!”
–Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Super Brain, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital
“Dr. Lombard's deep knowledge of the brain and its intricate mechanism helps us to unveil the mystery of the divine and the reality of our soul. This book is highly recommended to all who seek to know who they are, pursuing in an honest, simple and open way, the modern and the ancient.” –Menas Kafatos, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, You Are the Universe and Endowed Professor of Computational Physics
“An extraordinary synthesis of neuroscience, religion, faith and wisdom written with the clarity and compassion of Oliver Sacks.”
–Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, Adjunct Professor, Columbia School of Public Health; Chief Medical Officer, NYS Office of Mental Health