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Working Group on Religion and Cognitive Science

May 7, 2009
10:00 amto12:00 pm

GTU/UCB Working Group on Religion and Cognitive Science Presents a Panel Discussion:
Lucid Dreaming, Religion, and Cognitive Science

Thursday, May 7, 2009
10:00am – 12:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704)

This event will explore the phenomenon of lucid dreaming (being conscious within the dream state) from both scientific and comparative religious perspectives. People have reported lucid dreams throughout history, often in religious contexts, and yet modern science is just beginning to investigate this unusual aspect of mind-brain activity.

Ryan Hurd, a graduate of John F. Kennedy’s program in Dream Studies, will provide an overview of the history of lucid dreaming, including spiritual dimensions and contemporary controversies. Eleanor Rosch, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, will share thoughts about lucid dreaming from the view of cognitive science, particularly in relation to research on meditation and other contemplative practices. Kelly Bulkeley, visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, will talk about the various roles of lucid dreaming in the world’s religious traditions and their significance for current scientific models of brain-based consciousness.

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