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I enjoy Krista Tippett's radio program, "Speaking of Faith." I am wondering if Krista has interviewed any philospher, theologian, scientist, neuroscientist, psychiatrist, psychologist, monk, priest, or a guru who has looked at the evolving notion of human spirituality in the twenty-first century from the perspective of the emerging theory of "neuroplasticity." These days brain researchers, scientists, neuroscientists and physicians are meeting in world forums, conferences, and conventions dealing with the subject of "neuroplasticity." This is going to have bearings on everything that have known ourselves to have been since the dawn of human civilization. Genetics has not been the only force that has brought us to this level of growth and civilization. In fact, scientists tell us that there is not a single gene among 25,000 genes in the human gene pool that predisposes humans to acquire and master skills in reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is the brain's design of plasticity, and its ability at adaptation, organization and reorganization that enabled our ancestors to invent reading, writing, and arithmetic 5,400 years ago. Alphabets were invented just about 3,800 years ago.

Suddenly it dawned on me this morning as I was listening to Krista's interview with Mayfair Yang, on "China's Hidden Spiritual Landscape," especially when Yang said that the "secular thesis" is dead in our times.The educated scientific-secular mind of the twenty-first century has created newer problems for humanity like ecocide, biocide, and geocide leave alone not being able to solve the problems of suicide, homicide and genocide.

This question has haunted me for past seven years. I have just published my second book, "Spiritual Intelligence and The Neuroplastic Brain: A Contextual Interpretation of Modern History." People of good intention and intelligence may agree or disagree with what I have written, but surely this subject matter is going to capture the attention of many thinking people in future. I suggest "Speaking of faith" take a look at this subject.

Charles Mark