Neurotheologist Andrew Newberg to Lecture

Posted: December 1, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm

The following information was provided by the Center for Consciousness and Transformation

Andrew Newberg, a renowned medical doctor, researcher and author who studies the intersection of neuroscience and spirituality, will speak at Mason on the relationship between brain function and mystical or religious experiences.

The Center for Consciousness and Transformation (CCT) is sponsoring Newberg’s appearance at noon on Monday, Dec. 6, in the Johnson Center Cinema.

A variety of theological and religious ideas will be engaged during the presentation. 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? The principles described will be critical to the scientist, religious or spiritual person, as well as the general public.

Newberg, the author of “How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist” and “Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief,” is director of research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. He is also adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Newberg’s research now largely focuses on how brain function is associated with various mental states, in particular, the relationship between brain function and mystical or religious experiences.

Initiated in 2009, the Center for Consciousness and Transformation is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center at Mason whose mission is to understand the nature and effects of individual and group consciousness and its role in transformative learning and social change.

For more information, contact CCT at infocct@gmu.edu or 703-993-6090.

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