LGW’s World Forum Investigates Spirit, Mind, and Brain

The LGW’s Spirit and Science World Forum will bring together hundreds of people, among them scientists, researchers, college students, religious people, and the public in general.

Nathan Rodrigues

Monday | March 25, 2019 | 10:09 AM | Last update: May 24, 2019, 5:20 PM (Brasilia time)

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The Good Will Ecumenical Children and Youth Choir performs at the 2015 session of the event, singing the Brazilian National Anthem during the open ceremony at the José de Paiva Netto Auditorium of the LGW’s ParlaMundi.

On October 18, the 2019 session of the Spirit and Science World Forum will take place in the José de Paiva Netto Auditorium, in the World Parliament of Ecumenical Fraternity, the LGW’s ParlaMundi, located in Brasília, Brazil.

This year’s event will discuss the theme: “Investigating Spirit, Mind, and Brain” and will bring together hundreds of people, among them scientists, researchers, college students, religious people, and the public in general.

In addition to the theoretical debate, the LGW's Spirit and Science World Forum—which was created by journalist and writer Paiva Netto—aims to encourage civil society to implement pragmatically the Forum’s proposals, by discussing the contributions made by the various areas of spiritual and human knowledge to the construction of a more solidary, altruistic, and ecumenical society.

This is, therefore, a space open for fraternal dialogues so the participants can better understand the studies being carried out on the relationship between brain and mind, the origin of thought and consciousness, and the interaction of the Spirit with these mechanisms.

This year’s session of the LGW’s Spirit and Science World Forum—which will include a talk by the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, based on journalist Paiva Netto’s thesis “Matter Is Also Spirit”—will have the participation of the following speakers:

Andrew Newberg, M.D. — North American neuroscientist, professor, and director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health – Myrna Brind Center, of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Pennsylvania (USA).

Topic: God, Spirituality, and the Human Brain

Álvaro Tukano — Indigenous leader of the Tukano community.
Topic: Interacting with the Spiritual World

Michael Winkelman, Ph.D. — North American anthropologist who received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Arizona. He was president of the Anthropology of Consciousness and of the Anthropology of Religion sections of the American Anthropological Association.

Topic: Supernatural as Natural: Biological Mechanisms of Shamanism

Paula Suelí — Minister-preacher of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit; host at the Good Will TV; and History teacher at the José de Paiva Netto Educational Institute. She has a post-graduate degree in School Management and a bachelor’s degree in History, from the University of São Paulo (USP).

Topic: “Matter Is Also Spirit” (Paiva Netto)

Alexander Moreira-Almeida, Ph.D. — Professor of Psychiatry; founder and director of the Research Center in Spirituality and Health (NUPES) of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF); founder and coordinator of the Section on Spirituality and Mental Health of the Brazilian Psychiatric Association; and member of the Executive Committee of the World Psychiatric Association.

Topic: Spiritual Experience and the Mind-Body Problem

Julia Nezu — Chair of the Union of Spiritist Societies (USE), from São Paulo; president and founder of the Center for Culture, Documentation and Research on Spiritism “Eduardo Carvalho de Monteiro.”

Topic: Spirituality in a Material World

Gildo Magalhães, Ph.D. — Professor of History and director of the Inter-Units Center for the History of Science at the University of São Paulo (USP) and collaborating professor at the University Institute of Lisbon and at the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon.

Topic:  Religion and Science Interactions in History

Fernando Bortolleto Filho — Reverend at the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil. He has a Master’s degree in Religious Studies, from the Methodist University of São Paulo, and is the executive director of the Association of Evangelical Theological Seminaries.

Topic: The Action of the Holy Spirit

Wellington Zangari, Ph.D. — Professor of the Psychology Institute at the University of São Paulo (USP); vice-coordinator of the Social Psychology of Religion Laboratory; coordinator of the Laboratory of Anomalistic Psychology and Psychosocial Processes (INTER PSI), both of USP Psychology Institute; and vice-coordinator of the Psychology and Religion Working Group of the National Association of Research and Postgraduate Studies in Psychology.

Topic:  Religiosity, Spirituality, and Identity

Swami Nirmalatmananda — President of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashrama in Brazil. He has a degree in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry from the University of Madras, in India.

Topic: The Essence of the Vedas and Supreme Consciousness



LGW’s Spirit and Science World Forum — 2019 session
Theme: Investigating Spirit, Mind, and Brain
Date: October 18, 2019
Venue: José de Paiva Netto Auditorium of the LGW’s ParlaMundi, in Brasília/DF, Brazil
Time: 8a.m.-6p.m. (local time)
Registration is now open. Limited number of tickets available.