Christopher Diak is a first-year M.Div. candidate at Harvard Divinity School and an administrator in the Forum for Growth and Innovation at Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, he intends to pursue his research interests in the cognitive study of religion, philosophy of religion, and comparative mysticism. He is particularly interested in comparative studies of contemporary cognitive scientific approaches to language and concepts and the Sanskrit philosophy of language of the Vākyapadīya.
Through his work in the ministry program, he also hopes to contribute to ongoing efforts to bring the Business and Divinity Schools into dialogue on matters of meaning, pedagogy, and mission.
He was the first in his family to attend college and studied neuroscience and religion at Middlebury College in Vermont. While at Middlebury, he served as an Associate Editor for a peer-reviewed neuroscience journal, conducted biomedical research at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. He wrote his senior thesis as a comparative theology of the Vākyapadīya and the work of Noam Chomsky with Laurie L. Patton, President of Middlebury College and of the American Academy of Religion.
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