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March 18, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Presented By: Andrew Newberg, M.D.
This lecture reviews the major foundational principles of neurotheological research, principles that will be critical to the scientist, religious or spiritual person, and the general public as this highly important topic, neurotheology, is engaged. They articulate how science and religion must interact to successfully form this new field of study. These principles consider the capabilities and limitations of science and raise theological and religious questions such as: How might neurotheology address important moral or theological questions? Can neurotheology provide a new understanding of the human mind, the human brain, and human consciousness? How can we become better thinkers?
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About Our Presenter:
Andrew Newberg, M.D. is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He is considered a pioneer in the neuroscientific study of religious and spiritual experiences, a field frequently referred to as neurotheology that attempts to better understand the nature of religious and spiritual practices and experiences. His latest book, Principles of Neurotheology, reviews the important principles and foundations of neurotheology, a field that has implications for the study of the mind, brain, consciousness, morality, theology, and philosophy. His research has included brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and various trance states, surveys of people’s spiritual experiences and attitudes, and the evaluation of the relationship between religious and spiritual phenomena and health. This includes a recent study on the effect of meditation on memory. Dr. Newberg has published over 150 research articles, essays and book chapters, and is the co-author of the bestselling books, Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief (Ballantine, 2001) and How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist (Ballantine, 2009).
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