THE BELIEVING BRAIN: Neuroscience and the Spiritual Instinct

Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Summary

Explore the potential origins of faith

It’s a trait shared by every culture from the dawn of humankind: imagining planes of existence beyond the reach of our senses, spiritual domains that shape our Earthly experiences. But why do beliefs of the fantastic hold such powerful sway over our species?

Do they arise as a mere by-product of human cognitive evolution or are they driven by some other force? Bridging the gap between science and religion, Festival co-founder and renowned physicist Brian Greene, joined by neuroscientists, philosophers, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists, will explore one of the most profound mysteries of our existence.

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Brian Greene

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Brian Greene

Brian Greene is professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in mathematical physics and superstring theory, including the co-discoveries...

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Jesse Bering

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Jesse Bering

Jesse Bering is Director of The Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand. A frequent contributor to Scientific American and Slate, his essays have also...

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Darren Curnoe

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Darren Curnoe

Darren Curnoe is a palaeoanthropologist, archaeologist, educator and science communicator. His research focusses on understanding human origins and ancient human ecology in Australasia, Southeast Asia and East Asia.

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Katie Greenaway

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Katie Greenaway

Katharine (Katie) Greenaway is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Melbourne.

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Maryam Ziaei

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Maryam Ziaei

Maryam Ziaei completed her PhD in neuroscience through the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland (UQ). Her PhD research sought to understand the networks involved in processing emotionally...

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140 Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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