Evan Thompson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He studies the mind, life, consciousness, and the self, from the perspectives of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy (especially Buddhism and other Indian philosophical traditions). He co-authored The Embodied Mind (1991) with Francisco Varela and Eleanor Rosch; his books include Why I Am Not a Buddhist (2020); Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy (2015); and Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind (2007).

Evan is featured in the Mind & Life podcast episode: Expanding Our View of the Mind.

This profile was last updated on August 19, 2020

Mind & Life Connections

2021
2017

2017 Summer Research Institute Session

Part I – Transdisciplinary Research

Evan Thompson, Michael Lifshitz, Elizaveta Solomonova, Lis Nielsen

Topics: Education | Interconnection

2017 Summer Research Institute Session

The Enactive Approach to Cognition

Evan Thompson

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science

2016

Mind & Life Videos

ISCS 2016 – Closing Keynote – Evan Thompson

Mind and Life Institute • November 13, 2016

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Interconnection | Mindfulness | Self & Other

2014

Mind & Life Videos

ISCS 2014 – Master Lecture – Evan Thompson

Mind and Life Institute • October 31, 2014

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Master Lecture – Dreamless Sleep and Consciousness

Evan Thompson

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

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2007

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XIV – Session 4

Mind and Life Institute • April 14, 2007

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XIV – Session 1

Mind and Life Institute • April 14, 2007

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom

2007 Mind & Life Dialogue XIV

The Universe in a Single Atom

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom

2004
2003

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XI – Session 4

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XI – Session 3

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XI – Session 2

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XI – Session 1

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

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