worship: all of the above

If the options are: a) “Worship needs to be more theologically sound!” b) “Worship needs to be more bodily participative!” or c) “Worship needs to be more emotionally authentic!” Then I choose d) “Yes.” Kirsten Guidero critiques James K.A. Smith’s push (summarized here) for ’embodied’ forms of worship.  Both her and Smith (count me in… Continue reading worship: all of the above

sentience and consciousness

Consciousness is at least sentience, but not less. We can imagine a spectrum of least sentient to most sentient.  The nearest animals to humans, in this case, would (obviously!) have the closest kind of sentience to humans.  But (however this ’emerged’ or came to be) humans are ultra-sentient.  We have more than sensation (sentience); we… Continue reading sentience and consciousness

neuroplasticity analogy

Neuroplasticity refers to the changeable-ness of the neurological structure (so-to-speak) of the brain – achieved (among other things) through focused mental activity/experience. In terms of mind/body discussions – there is a key distinction between the idea of neuroplasticity being the mind changing the brain, or the brain changing itself.  The side question of how the… Continue reading neuroplasticity analogy