is the focus of a new presentation entitled: "Gender Binary and LGBTI People: Myth and Medical Malpractice."
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Adam Saffron, synopsis:
Functional neuroimaging may help to resolve previously unanswered questions and propose a theoretical framework for understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the development of sexual orientation and preferences.
Adam has been involved in research of sexual preferences using brain imaging, meditation and mental training for the last 10 years. Recently he investigates the physiological and neurological correlates of sexual preferences and distinct patterns of sexual arousal. He also served as a guest editor for a special issue of: Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology Journal on The Neuroscience and Evolutionary Origins of Sexual Learning.
Veronica Drantz, Ph.D, Synopsis:
What has been learned from the science on core sexual development over the last fifty years? Sexual identity – innate or learned? Sexual orientation? Are intersex people natural? Medical mistreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people because they are neither Adams nor Eves! An update on the science versus the medical practice concerning sexuality from a physiologist’s perspective.
Veronica Drantz holds a PhD in physiology and has taught medical professionals most of her life. Dr. Drantz has reviewed the scientific literature accumulated over the last fifty years on sexual identity, sexual orientation, and intersexuality. She is an activist advocating for LGBTI and a dynamic presenter who holds her audience captive as she challenges ongoing myth with her critical research and its social ramifications.
Darrel W. Ray, Ed.D, Synopsis:
Evolution is evident all over our bodies especially in our sex organs. What do duck and human penises have in common? How is Papal sex different than human sex? These are just a few questions to be answered in this fun and thought provoking talk by Darrel Ray.
Darrel Ray, Ed.D. is a psychologist who was raised in a fundamentalist home by parents who eventually became missionaries and has seen religion from the inside out.
He is the author of best-seller The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture and a co- researcher of Sex and Secularism: What 10,000 Secularists Told Us About Their Sex Lives.
In his latest book, Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality he asks, “What would happen if we subtracted religion out of sex. What would human sexuality look like? How would it change or inform us?
Darrel appeared in dozens of TV and radio programs including ABC News Nightline and was written about in Playboy Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Los Angeles Times, Times of India, Irish Times and others, and is known for his humorous style.
CONFERENCE PROGRAM: APRIL 29
12:15 – 12:45 Registration, get together
12:45 – 13:00 Welcome, announcements
13:00 – 13:10 Ayala Leyser, Ph.D, introduction: Why have God and Science been fiercely fighting for dominance over sex and gender?
13:10 – 13:30 Adam Saffron: Gender differences in Human Sexuality and the neural bases of sexual preferences.
13:30 – 13:45 Q&A
13: 50 – 14:20 Veronica Drantz, Ph.D: Gender Binary and LGBTI People: Myth & Medical Malpractice
14:20 - 14:35 Q&A
14:35 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 15:30 Darrel Ray, Ed.D: Evolution and what the Pope Does not know about Sexuality.
15:30 – 15: 45 Q&A
15:45 – 16: 35 Open Discussion: Is Religion a mere reflection of social conflict, a cause of bigotry and discrimination, or an efficient meme replicator? How does a Reason- and- Science- based culture fight back?
16:40 concluding remarks, directions to local restaurants
16:40 - 17:00 Book signing, Chicagoland Atheists table, Information, Mixing Clean-up. Since we can’t afford any paid cleaning crews please volunteer to help, Thank you!
17:00 Those of you who want to extend the fun can join us to a local restaurant, TBA