Perspectives on MLI’s International Symposium for Contemplative Studies: Diana Chapman Walsh

Diana Chapman WalshWe asked Diana Chapman Walsh, President Emerita of Wellesley College, about the the implications for a Symposium that brings together individuals who might not ordinarily intersect. This was her response.

Perspectives on MLI’s International Symposium for Contemplative Studies: Edward Slingerland

slingerlandWe asked Edward Slingerland, University of British Columbia’s research chair in Chinese thought and embodied cognition, about the rewards and opportunities available when science engages the contemplative traditions. This was his response.

Grey Matters: Examining Subjective Experience

grey-matters-2What is the human mind, and how can we develop it to its greatest potential? There are many ways of trying to answer this age-old question. As a neuroscientist, I was trained within a theoretical system that largely equates the mind with the physical structure of the brain. Operating from this perspective, science has made […]

Topography: The Brain Scan – Verse by B. A. St. Andrews

B.A. St. Andrews After you’ve become a human drum to let high frequency thrumming create magnetic pictures of your brain, you examine the evidence, cut by lateral cut, frame by polarized frame: full frontal nudity at its most arousing. Shot one: your skull is like Saturn its outer ring luminous, the next dark, oceanic, shifting: you can nearly […]

Perspectives on MLI’s International Symposium for Contemplative Studies: Tania Singer

Tania SingerWe asked MLI Fellow Tania Singer what she believes the next frontiers in the field of contemplative neuroscience will be. This was her response.

Network News: Summer 2014

nn-summer14Paivi Ahonen is continuing her research related to Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness initiative and finalizing an article on the topic entitled, "Bhutanese Teachers’ Perceptions about Gross National Happiness in Education for Sustainable Development."  Nava Levit Binnun reports that, for the fifth time, a daylong symposium inspired by Mind and Life took place in Israel on […]

Perspectives on MLI’s International Symposium for Contemplative Studies: Al Kaszniak

Al KaszniakWe asked MLI Fellow Al Kaszniak what, in his opinion, has been the most significant or meaningful breakthrough in contemplative science over the past 30 years. This was his response.

An Interview with Penny Pilgram George

Penny Pilgram GeorgePenny Pilgram George, PhD, is president of the George Family Foundation in Minneapolis and a leader in the national movement to transform medicine and healthcare through the principles and practices of integrative medicine.

Om Ex Machina

Marieke van VugtHow does the game change if we get a computer to meditate? Cognitive scientist Marieke van Vugt wants to find out. “I often joke that I’m going to build a meditating computer,” she laughs, “but that is [really] the best description of what I’m doing.”

True Dialogue

Dalai Lama Mind and LifeLast year, the Dalai Lama asked Mind and Life if we would join him at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for a conversation on happiness, free enterprise, and human flourishing. AEI, a conservative think tank, is perhaps not the first, second, or even hundredth place many people in our community might expect to find Mind and Life. But, in fact, that is precisely why we accepted…