As a college professor and a neuroscientist, I believe in giving my science away--helping people to think critically about claims made about what the brain is doing when we engage in various human activities. "Neurotheology" is a relatively new field of study focused on the human brain and religion. It's making the news--even the Episcopal News Service (Dec. 1, 2023; https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2023/12/01/neurotheology-explores-religion-as-activity-of-the-brain/). Those writing about the field typically don't have expertise in neuroscience, which limits their ability to evaluate claims made by scientists. I would like to introduce participants to the brain and to neurotheology through a short presentation followed by interactive activities in which we evaluate statements from news sources and develop our abilities to think critically about what the brain is doing as we go through life as religious and spiritual beings.
Edie Wakevainen, St. Luke's, Ferndale, Michigan
Edie Wakevainen, PhD, is a neuroscientist by training (Yale, 1986). She also earned an Anglican Studies Diploma from Bexley Seabury. She is passionate about helping people understand what is known about the brain--and, more importantly, what has not yet been revealed in brain research.