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The Believing Brain: Neuroscience of Belief panel discussion

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Our beliefs shape our identity, influence how we interpret the world and steer our relationships. They are, more than anything else, what make us human.

How our beliefs are born, developed and reinforced depends upon a multitude of factors such as our environment, experiences and genetics. But what role does our brain play?

Whilst philosophers have speculated about how the brain forms beliefs since the 17th century, recent advances in technology have opened up the possibility to answer interesting questions such as:

Which regions of the brain are involved in belief? Can differences in brain structure and function make some people more prone to believe in God? Or more likely to vote labour or conservative? Finally, do we have control of what we believe and why, or does our brain make the decisions for us?

Join us for an evening of talks followed by a panel discussion to discuss the neural basis for religious and political belief! We have four fantastic speakers:

Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles, ‘God and the Brain’

Dr Joseph Tennant, ‘Mystical Experience in Epilepsy: Contrasting Clinical Reports with Patient Experience’

Dr Harvey McMahon FRS , ‘Neuroscience and Freewill’

Dr Lee de Wit, ‘How does your biology shape your politics?’

Refreshments will be provided after the discussion.

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We hope to see you there for what will certainly be an extremely interesting evening!

This talk is part of the Cambridge Neuroscience Seminars series.

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