Neuroscience and Spirituality: God, the Brain and Ultimate Reality

Presenter(s)

Daniel A. Drubach

Daniel A. Drubach, MD, is a specialist in neurology, psychiatry, and neurorehabilitation. Currently a member of the Behavioral Neurology Division at Mayo Clinic, he has written extensively on the neuroscience of music, meditation, language, and religion. He has also published several articles discussing how the application of newly discovered neuroscience concepts can help us answer some of man's existential questions about free choice, empathy for another living being, and mystical experiences. He is the author of The Brain Explained.

Nathan Katz

Nathan Katz, PhD, is Distinguished Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs; the Bhagawan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies; and Director of the Program in the Study of Spriituality at Florida International University. The world's leading authority on Indian Jewish communities, he is a pioneer in the field of Indo-Judaic studies. His books include Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall, Who Are the Jews of India?, and 13 others.

http://www.spirituality.fiu.edu

James Austin

James H. Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner for more than three decades, is Professor Emeritus of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Visiting Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is the author of Zen and the Brain; Chase, Chance, and Creativity: The Lucky Art of Novelty; Zen-Brain Reflections; Selfless Insight and others.

http://zenandthebrain.weebly.com/

Stephen Kaplan

Stephen Kaplan is Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College specializing in Indian and comparative religions. He is the author of two books and has published numerous articles in leading journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and the International Journal of Hindu Studies. He is currently working on a book entitled Advaita Vedanta and the Neurosciences. Additionally, Stephen has worked over the past two decades as a community organizer in the establishment of three New York City public schools.