There are different types of internal transformation that religion produces. A transformation is the internal psychological changes produced by religious narratives and by rituals. Narrative transformation occurs when the believer accepts the model of the universe presented by religious stories.
Ritual transformation occurs when the practice of a religious ritual changes the believer's internal psychological state. Both are found in major world religions as well as in personal spirituality.
This month our long time member Frank Ciulla will give us a spirited presentation which is guaranteed to provoke a lively response. We will start the evening off with a new experience that will set everyone up to fully participate.
Frank Ciulla holds a B.A. with honors in chemistry from Oberlin College
and an M.A. in molecular biology from Columbia University. He is presently
a science instructor at Columbia University where he has been teaching for
over 20 years. His courses include Molecular Biology and Genetics, Advanced
Science Topics and Introductory Physics. His scientific research experience involved
locating and sequencing hormone genes (Harvard Medical School), studying gene
regulation in bacteria and analyzing cancer-causing viruses (Columbia University).
Frank Ciulla has also been a faculty member at The Collegiate School, Regis High School,
and New York University where he has taught a variety of math and science classes.
Frank Ciulla is the president and owner of Hudson Educational Services, where he tutors
students in all levels of math and science and writes educational material for online
publication. He is also a public speaker on the topic of science and religion.