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The Malleable Machinery of Me: Emerging Neuroscientific Understanding of Consciousness, Egoic Sense of Self, Empathy, and 'Voluntary' Behavior

The Malleable Machinery of Me: Emerging Neuroscientific Understanding of Consciousness, Egoic Sense of Self, Empathy, and 'Voluntary' Behavior

Date: Sat, Jun 03, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Duration: 2 Hours

JeffColombeResized03Mar2017 1We are pleased to welcome back Jeff Colombe, Ph.D, as part of an occasional series of supplementary talks regarding mind in the modern world.

 

What does it mean to be conscious? What does it mean to have an individual self, or ego? How do my (apparently) voluntary behaviors arise? How do I relate to others? These questions will be explored in terms of brain function studied from a third-person scientific point of view, as well as from a first-person perspective of direct experience, mental health, and spiritual practice. We will take a journey from sensing, to perceiving, to assigning value to what is perceived, to trained or spontaneous behavioral responses, everyday compulsions and inhibitions, and transcending the apparent boundary between self and other to discover compassion and empathy. Implications for mental health and well-being will be discussed.

 

Jeff Colombe has a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a Ph.D. in neurobiology, and works for a not-for-profit advising the federal government in science and technology issues in the public interest. He has over 20 years of study under teachers of Kashmir Shaivism and Dzogchen meditation.

 

Admission is free

 
 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC  for details.  Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

 

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