THE SYNCHRONIZATION OF BRAINS

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An understanding of how brains synchronize — or fail to do so — will be a
game-changing scientific development.

Few behavioral forces are as strong as the delineation of in-groups and
out-groups: ‘us’ and ‘them’. Group affiliation requires alignment, coupling or
synchronization of the brain states of members. Synchronization yields
cooperative behavior, promotes group cohesion, and creates a sense of group
agency greater than the sum of the individuals in the group. In the extreme,
synchronization yields herding behavior. The absence of synchronization yields
conflict.

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Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences) – Gregory Bateson

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Edge: BEYOND REDUCTIONISM: REINVENTING THE SACRED By Stuart A. Kauffman

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Two fine authors, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, have written recent books, The God Delusion and Breaking the Spell arguing against religion. Their views are based on contemporary science. But the largest convictions of contemporary science remain based on reductionism.

I would like to begin a discussion about the first glimmerings of a new scientific world view — beyond reductionism to emergence and radical creativity in the biosphere and human world. This emerging view finds a natural scientific place for value and ethics, and places us as co-creators of the enormous web of emerging complexity that is the evolving biosphere and human economics and culture. In this scientific world view, we can ask: Is it more astonishing that a God created all that exists in six days, or that the natural processes of the creative universe have yielded galaxies, chemistry, life, agency, meaning, value, consciousness, culture without a Creator. In my mind and heart, the overwhelming answer is that the truth as best we know it, that all arose with no Creator agent, all on its wondrous own, is so awesome and stunning that it is God enough for me and I hope much of humankind.

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