Measuring Meditation. The Study of Contemplative Science with Mareike Smolka: The Science & Belief in Society Podcast

Mareike Smolka, Will Mason-Wilkes, James Riley

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Religious practices and their effects are increasingly the subject of scientific investigation. In the field of Contemplative Science, mediative practices drawn from Buddhist traditions are united with techniques of analysis from cognitive and neurosciences.

In this episode of the The Science & Belief in Society Podcast, Dr. James Riley and Dr. Will Mason-Wilkes welcome Mareike Smolka, a PhD Researcher at Maastricht University in Science and Technology Studies and Fulbright Scholar at Arizona State University, who has ethnographically explored this community. Mareike’s work traces the development of Contemplative Science from fringe to mainstream interest, and demonstrates the tensions and trade-offs in play when exploring religious practices from within the boundaries of the neoliberal academy.

This podcast is 63 minutes and 31 seconds long.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputPodcast
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2022


  • Contemplative Science
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Ethnography
  • Meditation
  • Buddhism

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