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Newberg discusses God and science, Sept. 26

Physician and author Andrew Newberg will give a talk titled "Born to Believe: God, Science and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Newberg is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology and Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is a staff physician in nuclear medicine. Much of his research has focused on the relationship between brain function and various mystical and religious experiences. His research also includes understanding the physiological effects of acupuncture, meditation and other types of alternative therapies.

Newberg's lecture shares the title of his new book. He also wrote the bestseller "Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief" as well as "The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief," which received the 2000 award for Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences presented by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

The talk is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion as part of its "Princeton Lectures in Religion and Cognition" series.

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