Being Human 2012 will bring together pioneers in science and philosophy to explore in a public forum exciting new insights on the nature of human experience. World-class speakers who will guide this interactive exploration include, among others, best-selling author and neuroscientist David Eagleman, psychologist and pioneer in the study of emotions Paul Ekman, and prize-winning international poet Jane Hirshfield.
Through this partnership, KQED members are eligible to attend Being Human 2012 at special discounted rates. In addition, Being Human 2012 is donating a number of event tickets for KQED to offer during its membership drive in January.
“We are thrilled to welcome KQED as media partner,” said Peter Baumann, founder of San Francisco-based think tank The Baumann Foundation and creator of the Being Human initiative. “KQED has a distinguished record of providing engaging and thought-provoking programs to the public. Similarly, our aim is to bring into the public arena fresh new insights from science and philosophy that will continue to transform our understanding and experience of being human. We are delighted to reach a wide audience through KQED’s partnership and to support KQED members’ access to our exciting program.”
Being Human 2012 will take place from 9:00am - 5:30pm at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Areas of inquiry include: How does the nonconscious mind influence the decisions we make? What is the relationship between self and culture? Are you who you think you are, or is that just an illusion? What does science tell us about our relationship with fellow humans? Is humanity still evolving?
Register at http://www.beinghuman2012.org
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., Founder and Chair, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Eagleman, Ph.D., Neuroscientist, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, and best-selling author
Paul Ekman, Ph.D., Manager, Paul Ekman Group, LLC
Anne Harrington, Ph.D., Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
Jane Hirshfield, Prize-winning International Poet, Translator, and Essayist
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Beau Lotto, Ph.D., Neuroscientist and artist, Lottolab
Hazel Markus, Ph.D., Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Thomas Metzinger, Ph.D., Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitä
V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, UC San Diego
Gelek Rimpoche, Founder, Jewel Heart, Tibetan Buddhist Center
Laurie Santos, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Yale University
About Being Human 2012
Being Human 2012: Science, Philosophy & Your Life (http://www.BeingHuman2012.org) is a multidisciplinary gathering of pioneers in fields exploring the nature of human experience and consciousness with the purpose of bringing recent discoveries and insights into the realm of public conversation, ultimately to foster understanding and greater well-being. Being Human 2012 is an initiative of San Francisco-based think tank The Baumann Foundation (http://www.TheBaumannFoundation.org), and reflects founder Peter Baumann’s interest and inquiry: “Conscious experience is compromised because of identification with mental self-concepts. Comprehending the nature of mental concepts and the dynamics of identification can foster greater clarity about the human condition and individual experience.”
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Being Human 2012 is the first annual Symposium where leading scientists and philosophers present scientific and philosophical insights that are reshaping our understanding of human nature and our experience of daily life. March 24, 2012, San Francisco.