The Bright Knight of the Soul

Detail from artwork byAs I reflect on the last 18 months and look forward to the next year and more, the medieval romance Parzival keeps reasserting itself. Its archetypal elements seem apt metaphors for the essential work of Mind and Life.

Dawn and the Dialogue

dharamsala-xxvii-blogMind and Life’s President Arthur Zajonc’s latest dispatch as the 27th Dialogue begins. It is before dawn on the morning of the 27th dialogue with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, 26 years after Francisco Varela, Adam Engle, His Holiness, and a handful of scientists began to speak about the mind and the nature of […]

From Emory to Berlin

The past week has been packed with remarkable moments. We started with Emory University where 8,000 people filled the stadium to hear His Holiness speak about secular ethics and education, which in the last year has become a central part of Mind and Life’s work. The webcast is available so I need not try to […]

Bridging the Divide

Tomorrow afternoon I will do my best to guide the dialogue between His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and four scholars and scientists on the theme of secular ethics and education. We will begin with the research and views of Frans de Waals, professor of psychology at Emory University in Atlanta. The title of de […]

Seven Weeks with Our Global Community

Today I leave for Atlanta and the beginning of a daunting but amazing journey that will take me to Europe and many places in Asia on behalf of Mind and Life. I do so with others as we seek to connect with Mind and Life’s increasingly global community. I hope to chronicle my various experiences […]

Thinking Like Einstein

einstein on bikeEinstein asked, “What would it be like to ride light?”   For perhaps the hundredth time, I try to think like Einstein. A burst of light is seen by two observers: one stationary on a platform, the other moving in a train. Assume the speed of light is the same for both observers. That’s it, […]