Why God Won't Go Away

October 8, 2003 (Wednesday) / 5:00 pm

200 College Hall

Why God Won't Go Away

Brain Science and the Biology of Belief

Andrew Newberg, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology and Director, Clinical Nuclear Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Are human beings biologically compelled to make myths? What is the neurological secret behind the power of ritual? Are the transcendent visions and insights of the great religious mystics based on mental or emotional delusions? Or are they the result of coherent sensory perceptions shaped by the proper neurological functioning of sound, healthy minds? Could evolutionary factors such as sexuality and mating have influenced the development of religious ecstasy?

Join Andrew Newberg as he discusses the fascinating new field of neurotheology—the brain's role in mystical experience.