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The Scientific Study of Beliefs

Workshop – Neurotheology: The Scientific Study of Beliefs Brian C. Alston, STM, MA

  • 3 hours
  • 695 US dollars
  • Location 1

Service Description

PURPOSE The purpose of this workshop is to inform the professional community of research developments in this new field. The workshop is designed to draw interest from persons studying or working in fields like college education, counseling, healthcare, ministry, pharmacology, psychology, social work, as well as various teaching disciplines and areas of scientific research. The workshop may serve as a way to bring together professionals and lay persons interested in cutting edge education involving science and beliefs. GENERAL WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Neurotheology is a relatively new scientific field in which scientists attempt to discover the missing elements of physical science by scientifically studying human beliefs. In the modern age, science has come to dominate the way we think as well as the theories regarding the way we think to the exclusion of any comprehensive understanding of the human mind, spirituality, beliefs and ideas. Neurotheology attempts to bridge this gap. Neurotheology engages meaningfully diverse understandings of reality including the physical, mental, and spiritual. The discipline explores ways humans experience, generate, interpret and mediate beliefs. Its primary objectives are to establish comprehensive, interdisciplinary approaches to understand beliefs and to explain, interpret and predict the influences of beliefs to thought, feeling, behavior and experience. Neurotheology acknowledges the complexity and diversity of human beliefs by providing a broad conceptual framework to encompass beliefs whether mystical or religious, economic or environmental, political or social, or some other. Each dimension of beliefs affords critical, creative study of the science(s), beliefs and/or belief systems involved. Both the science and beliefs intersect through a four-fold methodology that provides the basis to unpack the complexity of their relationship and intimate the relationship’s influence to human thought, feeling, behavior and experience. The workshop will explore several scientific perspectives on belief formation and utility. The workshop will consider perspectives from biology, cognitive science, economics, genetics, neuroscience and psychology. Beginning with an overview of what Neurotheology is and what it attempts to accomplish, the workshop will illustrate how Neurotheology proposes six belief dimensions, each of which encompasses different disciplines that posit particular understandings of brain (human physiology), mind

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