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More Brainwaves from the Rubin

March 9, 2009

Last week I was able to attend a screening of the film The Dalai Lama Renassaince at the Rubin Museum’s Brainwave series. I was particularly fascinated by one of the ideas promoted by His Holiness. The Dalai Lama suggested that humans develop two spiritualities: namely, one spirituality that is common and secular and that can complement a second type of spiritualities that are religious and faith-based. The main theme emerging from the Dalai Lama’s commentary within the film was the need for the global community to embrace a common sense of goodness that transcends our particular faith-based worldviews. Certainly His Holiness exemplifies someone who is dedicated to seriously pursuing that collective development.

Sadly, I had to miss Dr. Selhub’s presentation on “The Love Response” this Saturday for a conference that I attended in California. (The conference, however, was excellent.) I’m posting a link to Dr. Selhub’s website for those who are interested to explore more about The Love Response. Dr. Selhub is currently at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (http://www.loveresponse.com).

out-of-our-heads-alva-noeIt’s hard to pick favorites when all of the presentations look excellent. I will say, however, that I am particularly looking forward to Alva Noë’s upcoming presentation on mind and consciousness. Noë is currently a professor of philosophy at UC Berkley, and author of the recently published book “Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness.”


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