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Dr. Gregory Peterson to Speak as Part of
Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion

RELEASED: April 6, 2007

Dr. Gregory Peterson

EAU CLAIRE — The next in the series of presentations by Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Dr. Gregory Peterson will present "Minds, Brains and Souls: Religions and Neuroscience in Conversation" in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Peterson is associate professor of philosophy and religion at South Dakota State University. He is also the chair of the Religion, Science and Technology Section of the American Academy of Religion, has authored numerous articles on issues in science and religion and wrote the book "Minding God: Theology and Cognitive Sciences."

In his presentation, Peterson will introduce the ways neuroscience, artificial intelligence, animal cognition, linguistics and psychology challenge people to rethink longstanding Western assumptions about the unity of the self, the nature of consciousness, free will, inherited sin and religious experience. He also will address issues related to questions of human uniqueness and the soul. Peterson is acclaimed for his ability to explain scientific concepts and draw their implications for religious belief and theology.

Last spring, several faculty and community members established the Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion to help people better understand issues that relate to science and religion. The initiative will encourage organized discussions, bring science and religion experts to campus, and help high school science teachers better address questions that touch on religion, said Dr. Charlene Burns, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies at UW-Eau Claire.

For more information about CVDSR or Peterson's presentation, contact Burns at cvdsr@uwec.edu.

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