Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Paper Session #54
Science & Spirituality: A Synergy Made in Heaven
Saturday, May 28, 2005
3:00 PM–3:20 PM
Astoria (3rd floor)
Area: TPC
Chair: Clay M. Starlin (University of Oregon)
Science & Spirituality: A Synergy Made in Heaven
Domain: Theory
CLAY M. STARLIN (University of Oregon)
Abstract: The multitude of religious and spiritual traditions, or the rejection of such traditions, is a significant influence on human behavior. It warrants serious consideration by an organization such as ABA that is committed to the study of human behavior. Often scientific and spiritual traditions are viewed as incompatible. This presentation makes a case for their compatibility. A number of traditions will be discussed but the emphasis is on the evidence for the claims of the Christian tradition and will include a behavior analysis of the Bible. Anyone interested in taking an objective look at the area of religion and spirituality. Atheists, agnostics and persons of different religious and spiritual traditions are all encouraged to attend.



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