Mind and Life XXII: Preparations for a rich dialogue

delhi-premeeting01Luminaries from varied backgrounds came together today in New Delhi in advance of Mind and Life XXII: The Effects of Contemplative Practice on Human Biology and Behaviour. This conference should prove groundbreaking, even for Mind and Life, due to the range of rich traditions in dialogue.  As always, there will be neuroscientists, philosophers, and Buddhist […]

ML XX – Day 1

After watching a great first day, I have taken some notes to share with the rest of you out there – enjoy! Session 1 Introductory remarks by Adam Engle, CEO and co-founder of the Mind & Life Institute, kicked off ML XX: Altruism and Compassion in Economics Systems. Rektor Andreas Fischer – the President of […]

April 9, 2009

Today, Liz Phelps and Cliff Saron presented. The morning session involved engaging discussion concerning what emotion is. How to define it from both the Western cognitive neuroscience and psychological perspective and from the Buddhist perspective. Richie Davidson indicated that emotion can be operationalized in two ways: 1. Detecting stimuli that signal importance to the organism […]