November 2009

First Friday Freethinkers Group at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota meets on Friday, 12/4/09.

Topic: “The Neurobiology of Spirituality”

Are human beings genetically disposed towards spirituality? Can spirituality be inherited, along with the color of your eyes and hair?

The answers to those questions may surprise you. As Unitarians, we search for answers to the larger questions in life anywhere we can find them. And on December 4th, the Freethinkers of UUSC is proud to present one of the leading thinkers on the subject of spirituality and the brain: Sarasota neurologist Dr. Alan Grindal.

Dr. Grindal has spent a lifetime trying to understand why humans seem to have such a need to believe in a power greater than ourselves. He thinks he may have found some answers.

In fact, he has learned that certain drugs [eg.,psilocybin, peyote and LSD] can affect our own level of spirituality. Brain injuries, Alzheimers and even epilepsy can cause a diminished spirituality.

If you are intrigued by these findings you should set aside an hour next Friday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. and come to the Unitarian Church (3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota) to hear Dr. Grindal explore these findings in more detail. The event is free and open to the public.

You can learn more about Dr. Gindal’s findings in this review.

Background on Dr. Grindal

Dr. Grindal graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. and received his M.D. .from the University of Illinois. His neurology training was completed at the Medical College of Virginia where he served as a faculty member.

Dr. Grindal has been in the private practice of neurology in Sarasota Florida since 1978. He has been chosen by his peers to be among The Best Doctors in America and honored with a Fellowship in the America Academy of Neurology. Currently he serves as a neurological consultant to the Memory Disorder Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University.

When: Friday, December 4, 2009
Where: Jefferson Room at Sarasota UU, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232
Time: 10:00 AM
Membership: Open to all
Questions: Call Tom Dente 921-1598 or e-mail


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