"Mind and Spirit: How the Way People Think About Thinking Shapes the Way They Experience Gods and Spirits" Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5:30 – 7pm
"Mind and Spirit: How the Way People Think About Thinking Shapes the Way They Experience Gods and Spirits"
Campus Location:Voorhies Hall
Room:126
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Contact Email:sardavis@ucdavis.edu
Contact Phone #:530-752-2034
Event Type:Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:Department of Religious Studies
Sponsored by:Paul A. and Marie Castlefranco

Tanya M. Luhrmann
Watkins University Professor
Department of Anthropology
Stanford University

This talk makes the argument that the way people think about their minds shapes the way they come to know God. Dr. Tanya Luhrmann looks at the kinds of people who have more vivid spiritual experiences, the way prayers train attention to inner experience, and above all at the way that different cultures invite people to think differently about inner life. She explores a paradox: the more a culture imagines an inner world as separate from an outer world, the less vividly they experience gods and spirits. She posits that when we look at people in similar churches across many cultures, Americans report less spiritual experience than most others — and she thinks we can trace this to the way they think about thinking.

Dr. Luhrmann's work focuses on the edge of experience: on voices, visions, the world of the supernatural, and the world of psychosis. Her book When God Talks Back (2007) was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year.

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