What We Care About: Value Judgements and Political Orientation

What We Care About: Value Judgements and Political Orientation

Date: Sat, Dec 15, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duration: 3 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.


Humans are intensely social, and as a result face challenges in learning to establish trust, fairness, and to navigate mutually beneficial outcomes with each other. This talk will examine themes of competition, cooperation, values, moral norms, altruism, empathy, and compassion. I will present recent science on what have been called "moral foundations" or shared values that different people place very different emphasis upon when deciding how to act and how to regard others. These foundations shed light on political orientations that include liberal/progressive, conservative/traditional, and libertarian, and why people today might not easily relate to each others' ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. Despite these challenges, the shared nature of our core values provides a basis for people to understand each other and learn to live together, and even to find happiness together.


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


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