The Digital God

How Technology Will Reshape Spirituality

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About the Book

As humans charge up the steep slope of technological innovation, digital age media increasingly shapes our perception of everything—even spiritual matters. The next stage of spiritual development may be the product of a digital interface between our own image of the divine, virtual reality technology that produces real perceptions, and with devices that stimulate areas of the brain associated with spiritual experience. This book explores the influence of digital media on spirituality and the impact of the digital environment on our experience of the spiritual world. The author predicts a future in which digital technology and neuroscience will combine to create a new understanding of the divine.
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About the Author(s)

William Indick is Professor of Psychology at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. He is the author of several books on media psychology, and has written for numerous psychology journals. He lives in Islip, New York.

Bibliographic Details

William Indick
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9892-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2012-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction   1

One: The Digital Dream   9

Two: The Neuropsychology of Spiritual Perception and Digital Zen   37

Three: The Stages of Spiritual Perception and Digital Nirvana   79

Four: The History of Spiritual Perception and the Digital Idol   111

Five: The Psychology of Spiritual Perception and the Digital Peak   159

Six: The Philosophy of Spiritual Perception and Spiritual Networking   178

Conclusion: The God Machine   214

Chapter Notes   219

Bibliography   241

Index   245