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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.

Strangers to Each Other: Names without faces or stories

April 10, 2009
9:30 amto11:30 am

~ Names without Faces or Stories ~

Panel Presentation on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Community

Please join us in this panel presentation to connect Ministers, Chaplains, and Counselors to the names, faces, stories, and concerns of members of the LGBT Community. Through their voices we hear from all people who have experienced alienation, exclusion or exile from their faith community.

Facilitator: Demetrio Tofaya (Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, GTU)
Commentator: Dr. Daijaku Judith Kinst (Institute of Buddhist Studies)

This event is open to the public.
RSVP requested: (510) 809-1444 /

Working Group on Religion and Cognitive Science

March 13, 2009
1:30 pmto3:30 pm

Working Group on Religion and Cognitive Science Spring 2009 Event

Please join us for a panel discussion of Mark Graves’ new work Mind, Brain, and the Elusive Soul: Human Systems of Cognitive Science and Religion (Ashgate 2008). In advance praise of the book Philip Clayton has said, “Mark Graves here crafts an intriguing synthesis of systems theory, cognitive science, and emergence theory in this quest to preserve the category of ‘soul’ for a scientific age.” Aimed at both theorists and practitioners working at the intersection of religion, theology, and science, this book aims to “describe the ‘more’ that does not reduce to the parts” of the human soul.

Friday, March 13, 1:30-3:30 pm
Institute of Buddhist Studies
2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Richard Payne, Institute of Buddhist Studies
Doug Oman, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Mary Walsh, GTU graduate and clinical psychologist
Kelly Bulkeley, GTU, moderator

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