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Matthew Alper

Biography:

Matthew Alper was born and raised in New York City. He was educated at Vasser and North London University where he acquired a degree in Philosophy of Science. After teaching High School History, Matthew went on to become a screenwriter and then to write to his seminal work "The God Part of the Brain," now in its 5th edition. Since then Matthew has lectured at various universities on the topics of Cognitive Science and philosophy. He has been written up in the Washington Post and appeared on NBC.

Past Shows:

Mars Mission/ Brain & Afterlife

In the first half, Ken Johnston, a former NASA Data and Photo Control Department manager, talked about his bid to go to Mars as a participant in the Mars One program. In the latter half, author and philosopher Matthew Alper discussed his contention that the afterlife does not exist. Aside from religious indoctrination, the reason humans typically believe in the afterlife is that they are genetically hard wired to experience the 'God part' of the brain, which includes a sense of a spiritual reality, he explained. ... More »

Host: George Noory

The Brain & Spiritual Beliefs

Author and philosopher Matthew Alper shared his contention that human beings are genetically hard wired to experience belief in spirituality and various paranormal phenomena, even though there is no scientific basis for it. First hour guest, animal communicator Madeleine Walker talked about the messages she has received from various creatures, which have even included insects. ... More »

Host: George Noory

'God' in the Brain

Neuro-theologist Matthew Alper returned for a discussion on his theory about the genetic nature of spirituality and how humans are wired to believe in a "God" and spiritual realm. ... More »

Host: George Noory

The Brain & Spirituality

Mathew Alper, the author of "The God Part of the Brain" discussed his theory that human beings are genetically hard wired to experience some form of spirituality. He suggested that over time humanity evolved in this direction as a way of coping with the inevitable knowledge of their deaths. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Religous Experience

Author Matthew Alper discussed studies which show that believing in God as well as being an active member of a church or religious community can be beneficial to one's health. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Matthew Alper

From the dawn of our species, every culture has maintained a belief in someform of a spiritual reality. Wouldn't this imply that human spiritualitymust represent an inherent characteristic of our species, that is, agenetically inherited trait? Are humans "wired" to believe in the universalconcepts of a spiritual reality, a god, a soul, and an afterlife. Is ourspecies "wired" for self-destruction? Is religious fundamentalism theconsequence of a biological impulse that may one day be the cause of ourspecies' downfall? ... More »

Host: Art Bell

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