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August 17, 2005

God Neurons? Neurotheology

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Neurotheology seeks to understand the biological basis of spirituality. In an effort to improve the conversation between science and spirituality, the Tibetan Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, is to give a lecture to at the Society for Neuroscience conference to be held in Washington DC in November, despite the protest from some delegates . In addition to his lecture on the neuroscience of meditation, he will also participate on a panel on the 'Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation'. If you are interested in learning more about neurotheology I recommend checking out the blog, numenware, which has recent posts including: computational models of neurotheology, a specialized neuron for God's face, and a book review of The Sacred Neuron.

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1. Chris Pheonix on August 17, 2005 12:46 PM writes...

http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/Common/Research/cognition-emotion/researchtopics/mindfulness.shtml

I followed up links from your post, and found this gem: three hours of
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy can cut depression recurrence in
half, from 66% to 37%. Dunno if it's neurotech, but it seems worth
writing about.

Chris

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