Dr. Sarah Strand Speaks on Neurobiology of Religious Experiences
This month Atheist Advocates of SF features a talk by Dr. Sarah Strand on the neurobiology of 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?
Dr. Strand is Adjunct Faculty at CSU Sacramento, Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Sacramento and Research at UC Davis.
Afterwards we will go to dinner at a nearby reasonable Chinese restaurant.
When: Sunday, November, 10th at 3:00 PM. (Meeting will start promptly at 3:00.)
Location: Audre Lorde Room (Upstairs), Women's Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San Francisco
Cost: $6 Renting a meeting room means we must charge admittance. We would appreciate exact change if convenient. Most of all we want you to join us for this talk.
Note: The Women's Building is three blocks from the Mission 16th St. BART. If you don't know the neighborhood we suggest that as you reach the top of the stairs from BART, turn right and walk a few yards to 16th. Then turn left on 16th Street and walk to Valencia, then turn left on Valencia to 18th St.
Parking: Garage at 3255 21st Street (at Lexington)
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Atheist Political Activism in the Bay Area
Atheist Advocates of San Francisco, along with East Bay Atheists, spearheads atheist political activism in the Bay Area. In July we called for a protest at the Oakland Zoo, demanding the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on city property. Several days before our protest, the Commandments were removed. We recently attended a Santa Clara City Council meeting, along with other activists, in support of removing a cross from a city park. We are working on crosses in Redwood City and Albany, both on public property. If you feel that social events, lectures and cultural events are not enough, you are our people. Please join us.