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Book and Media Reviews
August 22/29, 2007

The Soul in the Brain: The Cerebral Basis of Language, Art, and Belief

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(8):926-931. doi:10.1001/jama.298.8.930

Michael Trimble asks us to consider how our understanding and appreciation of the emotional experiences of language, music, art, and religion are products of evolved cerebral functions. He does not ask the reader to ignore how these uniquely human forms arrived at their present states; in fact, I believe the opposite is true. It is required that the reader accept evolution and embrace the neurosciences to be most appreciative of Trimble's treatise. Trimble asks us to consider how human brain function and structure allows us to have religious beliefs, allows our eyes to flow with tears of joy or sorrow, or facilitates our capacity to write poetry or polemics.

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