Open Topic is an opportunity to discuss new developments in science and society from a rational perspective without resort to supernatural influences. Often a video or reference will be presented as a suggested starting topic.
IS THIS YOUR BRAIN ON GOD? Go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=110997741 (or go to www.npr.org and type in "is this your brain on god" in the search area) to find information on the relationship between brain chemistry/physiology and spiritual experiences. Part 1: The God Chemical, Part 2: The God Spot, Part 3: Spiritual Virtuosos, Part 4: The Biology of Belief, and Part 5: Near-Death Experiences. We can see how far we can get with these and possibly continue at another Open Topic Meetup.