Is there freedom in religion?
And is it possible for science, which calls for more critical thinking to co-exist with religion?
Author, speaker, and neuroscientist Graham Lutz believes it is important to understand our minds, challenge our narratives, and cultivate an ever-expanding perspective of the world.
At a younger age, Graham Lutz was fixed in a religious bubble exposed to him as a child and had no say or critical thinking for himself. Things were in a box and had to be a certain way – you either believe this or not; you are either with us or against us.
However, all this was to be put to the test when he went to college to study neuroscience. For 3 and a half years, what he was studying was putting him at crossroads with what he believed. It was a total contradiction of what had been ingrained in his mind.
Yet, all the scientific evidence was there. But could he break free? Could one have different belief systems and still remain sane?
A Better Perspective
Neuroscience was great and impacted his beliefs and chain of thoughts, making Graham Lutz significantly change his beliefs, values, and how he viewed the world.
Consequently, as a young man in his early twenties, Graham made a pendulum swing in the opposite direction of all he had been taught regarding religion and became an atheist. During this period, he became rebellious against his early teachings.
He became the stereotypical “angry atheist,” eager to unchain himself and stay as far away from the bubble that had locked him in his early life.
However, the more he understood things, the more he gained a better perspective. He realized that by being an angry atheist, he was still in a bubble – in a fixed perspective of ‘us against them.’
Graham Lutz comprehended that even with all available knowledge, there is still more to life than we can understand. He chose to follow Neil Degrasse Tyson’s two philosophies: to know more about the world than he did yesterday and to lessen the suffering of others.
This resonated more with him. In essence, Graham chose to follow science, which he loves, and still stay open-minded to various perspectives. This way, he strived to understand himself and the world better and be willing to be wrong.
Mentoring Others to Challenge Their Limiting Narratives
This self-discovery journey has enabled him to have more empathy and compassion and to be more accommodating toward others. In fact, it has shaped his path toward helping others in their personal development.
Through stories and thought-provoking writing, he aspires to challenge limiting beliefs and inspire personal growth to as many people as possible. Graham Lutz’s views have attracted quite a social media following, making him a TikTok star with an amazing 166,000 followers.
His content is different from the norm in social media as it is backed with science and history tidbits plus insights about mental health, neurodiversity, and personal development. And his goal is to share deeply-thought content that educates and sparks conversations about often misunderstood and overlooked topics.
Furthermore, he is writing a book that explores the fascinating history and science of our brains, with a focus on compassion, empathy, and the power of changing one’s perspectives.
His personal development teaches a different approach than most coaches, as he encompasses scientific research from his neuroscience background. Additionally, he adds compelling anecdotes from the annals of medical history and his personal experiences.
Graham Lutz also holds workshops and talks to mentor others to rewrite their personal narratives, overcome limiting beliefs, and become their best versions by unlocking their full potential.