I have not been reading as much as I normally do over the past year. This is a combination of being more busy, being lazy, and just not finding any books that interest or speak to me. That changed with the book No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology is Catching Up to Buddhism by Chris Niebauer (amazon affiliate link – may earn a small percentage if purchase using this link).
Now, I did not find this wonderful book on my own. Instead, it is the book of choice for the spectacular book club I am a part of. I am very grateful that this book was suggested because it really has some interesting information in it.
The basic premise of this book is to explore how the science of the brain is starting to reveal what buddhist and other spiritual philosophies have always stated – mainly that the self is an illusion. This is a very “sciencey” book, meaning it looks at actual studies that have happened and breaks them down so that they are understandable. It is “sciencey” enough for my doctor husband to enjoy and not too “sciencey” that I didn’t understand what it was saying – basically, middle way scienceness.
The book is structured by looking at the brain as their two separate halves – the left brain and the right brain. It goes deeper into the stereotypical definitions of what the brains do, and looks at each halves’ actual work and function in the human body.
The first chapter is devoted mainly towards looking at research on “split brain” patients. These are patients that have had the fibers that connect their two halves of their brain cut, a procedure that has been used to stop chronic seizures. This procedure has allowed scientist to study which half of the brain focuses on which activity.
The book then focuses in specifically on the left brain, explaining how this side of the brain likes to make up stories based on information around us, not necessarily the actual facts. After several chapters exploring different left brain functions, we move to the right brain, a place dedicated to bigger picture issues – and the place where psychic abilities start to be discussed.
I don’t want to give away too much of this book other than to say I was pleasantly surprised. I read it in just about two days, which is good because it was quickly grabbed by my husband who also read it in a couple of days. We both greatly enjoyed it, so you have individuals from two different backgrounds being able to get something out of this book.
Have you read this book? Any recommendations for “sciencey” books that look at spirituality??