What do these questions have to do with science and religion/spirituality? They bear on the nature of mind and brain and consciousness, which many thinkers through history say are tightly linked to religious belief, experience, and ritual. If our brains are made of molecules, such as the proteins encoded in our genes, integrated with the sum of our experiences that then result in our behaviors, this raises a set of questions that weave science and religion into one tapestry:

• Are our brains hard-wired for religion? For ritual? For belief in a higher being?