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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. Trailblazing speakers who will guide this interactive exploration include, among others, best-selling author and neuroscientist David Eagleman, psychologist and pioneer in the study of emotion Paul Ekman, and artist and neuroscientist Beau Lotto.
“We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution. Recent findings from science and philosophy promise to overthrow long-held biases and stories about what it means to be human,” said Peter Baumann, founder of San Francisco-based think tank The Baumann Foundation and creator of the Being Human initiative. “Many of these fresh insights can have a profound impact on our experience of daily life, and we are delighted to bring these new understandings into the public arena, so that they are accessible to anyone who is curious about their own experience. We are thrilled to work with Science 2.0, who has been a leader in fostering open collaboration among scientists, and with whom we share the common purpose of facilitating a public conversation around their exciting discoveries.”
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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 non-conscious 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?
For more information and to register, visit 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
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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.