IBCSR in the Media
6 April 2015 "Hey, Congress: Here’s a talk you should attend, ‘Conflict and the Brain,’ Drew University, April 9" From the Morristown Green: "The Rev. Dr. Wesley Wildman, professor and theologian, will explore the differences in these two strains of thought, and share approaches to conflict resolution gleaned from his neuroscience research, as keynote speaker at Drew University’s Clergy Health Day on April 9, 2015."
4 April 2015 "Conflict Resolution Focus of Drew Lecture" From the New Jersey Star Ledger: "Wesley Wildman, a professor of philosophy, theology and ethics at Boston University School of Theology and co-founder of the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion, will share approaches to conflict resolution… at Drew University April 9."
24 January 2011 "Religion Meets Science" IBCSR Founding Director Patrick McNamara interviewed at Boston.com: "Religion has been a constant in human experience as far back as we go. Probably even the Neanderthal had some sort of religious experience — at least buried their dead. It shapes so many human decisions and human behaviors that it’s just silly for science not to treat it with respect."
IBCSR Researchers Write for the Public
11 August 2014 "The God Effect" Patrick McNamara at Aeon magazine: "Like the most creative scientists, the most consistently religious individuals would be motivated only by things that consistently triggered surging dopamine and the unexpected rewards circuits in the prefrontal lobes of the brain: awe, fear, reverence and wonder. Such unexpected visions would define the most innovative artists, the most divergent philosophers and anyone who could find a sense of ecstasy in the beauty and strangeness of the world."
7 May 2014 "Coming Soon to Your Age of Economic Inequality: Radical Spirituality" Connor Wood at On Faith: "This historical and ethnographic evidence suggests that if wealth inequality continues to rise in the United States, ecstatic religious movements may become more and more commonplace — particularly among the least-advantaged groups, those who have no formal access to the levers of power."
25 April 2014 "How Sex Rules Our Dreams" Patrick McNamara at Aeon magazine: "I never understood why the discovery of REM sleep meant Freud had to be wrong. To me, REM was another crucial piece of the dream puzzle – and could coexist easily alongside Freud’s theories that dreams had a deep unconscious meaning and purpose, overall."