Neuroscience and Spirituality: God, the Brain and Ultimate Reality

Presenter(s)

Daniel Drubach

Daniel Drubach, MD, specialized in Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurorehabilitation. He is 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 also has 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, mystical experiences and others. 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. Arguably 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://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. In addition to his two books, he has published numerous articles in the leading journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Indian Philosophy, and the International Journal of Hindu Studies. He is currently working on a new book entitled Advaita Vedanta and the Neurosciences: Reductionism, Not Yet or No Longer.  Outside the academy, Stephen has worked, during the previous two decades, as a community organizer in the establishment of three New York City public schools and the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory, a gigantic abandoned building.