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Andrew Newberg, MD, is an associate professor in the depar tments of radiology and psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and is the director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind. Newberg is a physician and neuroscientist who conducts research using imaging techniques to study what happens in the brain during religious practices, such as prayer and meditation. He is author of several best selling books, including Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief (2001) and Why We Believe What We Believe: Uncovering Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality and Truth (2006). Newberg has appeared on Nightline, Good Morning America , ABC's World News Tonight , National Public Radio, London Talk Radio and over 15 nationally syndicated radio programs. His work has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines.

Simon Conway Morris, Ph.D., is a professor of evolutionary palaeobiology in the department of earth sciences at the University of Cambridge. He is one of the world's foremost paleontologists and is best known for his work on the Burgess Shale. Morris is a Fellow of St. John's College and the Royal Society. He has been awarded the Charles Doolittle Walcot Medal of the National Academy of Sciences (1987), Yale University's George Gaylord Simpson Prize (1992) and the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London (1998). In 2007, he received the Trotter Prize from Texas A&M University. He is author of Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe (2003) and Crucible of Creation: The Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals (1998).

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer and senior scholar at Yale University and is co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Tucker is an expert on the relation of religion and ecology. She is author of Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (2003), Confucianism and Ecology (1998) and Hinduism and Ecology (2000). Tucker is a member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme and served as a member of the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000. She is also a research associate at the Harvard Yenching Institute and at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.

David Sloan Wilson, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at the State University of New York, Binghamton. Wilson applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity and other life, in his own research and as director of EvoS, a unique campus-wide program of evolutionary studies. He is known for championing the theory of multilevel selection, which explains how adaptations can evolve at all levels of the biological hierarchy, from genes to ecosystems. Wilson is author of Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (1998), Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society (2002), The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (2005) and Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives (2007).

Christopher Bader, Ph.D., and Paul Froese, Ph.D., are assistant professors in the department of sociology at Baylor University. Bader and Froese are lead investigators for the Baylor Religion Survey, the most current representative multiyear study of religious values, practices and behaviors in the United States. The results of this survey have been discussed in major media including Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report , The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA TODAY. Froese and Bader have published numerous articles on the sociology of religion. Their forthcoming book, One Nation Under Four Gods: How Our Diverse Views of God are Shaping America, will be published by Oxford University Press.

Christian Lavigne is an artist, author and poet based in Paris, France. A pioneer in the field of digital sculpture, Lavigne has published numerous articles on rapid prototyping and the digital arts. He is the director and co-founder of Ars Mathematica, an international organization that promotes the use of new technologies in sculpture. In 1998, Lavigne founded the NGO TOILE METISSE to promote French-speaking artists on the Web and to disseminate information about the use of multimedia and electronic arts in Africa. As director and coordinator of the INTERSCULPT, Lavigne hosts a world-wide online biennial conference of simultaneous and interactive exhibitions. Lavigne's artwork has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums around the world.

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