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Dr. Sarah Strand Speaks on the Neurobiology of Religion at AASF 8/14
Date Sunday August 14
Time 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Details
Audre Lorde Room (Upstairs), Women's Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San Francisco 94110
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorLarry Hicok
This month Atheist Advocates of SF features a talk by Dr. Sarah Strand on the neurobiology of religion and religious experiences.

She will talk about how to induce an out-of-body experience and why people tend to feel a sense of peace and connection when they have one. To many this proves the existence of a spiritual world inhabited by god(s). Sarah explains just how fallacious this argument is.

Evidence increasingly demonstrates that the feelings associated with religious experiences play a primary role in people being intensely religious. Andy Thompson of the Richard Dawkins Foundation has written about the ways in which religion latches onto human characteristics developed during our evolutionary history. Sarah will focus on what cortices of the brain are associated with religion, and how religious experiences induce strong sensations of pleasure, providing an illusion of an invisible friend in a world beyond ours. She will tell you who William James, Olaf Blanke, and Michael Persinger are and what they have in common.

And if all that fails to convince you to attend, then come for a funny god cartoon and to see a woman wearing a football helmet who sees floating spiritual entities. How can you resist that?

When Sara gave this talk in Sacramento at a large atheist gathering, it was highly rated.

Here are some member comments:

"A great, succinct presentation. Very well done!"

"What a great talk! Now I see how my sister could have really seen angels around her bed at the age of 5. This is her trump card proof of God to this day."

"Great presentation, fun and informative. I understand a bit better now that it's not all about indoctrination and tradition."

Dr. Strand is a research supervisor in the neurobiology department at UC Davis.
Added to the calendar on Monday Aug 1st, 2011 8:58 AM
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