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Meet Your Mind:
A Users Guide to the Science of Consciousness

Higher Consciousness

Suppose neuroscientists map the billions of neural circuits in the human brain…are we any closer to cracking the great existential mysteries—like meaning, purpose or happiness? Scientists, contemplatives and religious thinkers are now exploring the connections between neuroscience and contemplative practice, and creating a new science of mindfulness.

December 9, 2012
 
Richard Davidson, The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is a leading expert on the science of mindfulness. He's teamed up with the Dalai Lama to put Buddhist monks in brain scanners, and he's developing a new scientific model for studying emotion.

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Monk Matthieu Ricard on Happiness

Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has been called "the happiest man in the world." He shares a few thoughts on finding resilience in a crazy world.

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Justin Barrett on Born Believers

Psychologist Justin Barett thinks most children have a natural aptitude for religious belief. He says it's not surprising that so many people believe in spirits or supernatural beings.

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Karen Armstrong on The Spiral Staircase

Karen Armstrong is one of the world's best-known writers on religion, but her own spiritual path hasn't been easy. She tells us why she joined a convent and then left—and how she later came to appreciate religious texts.

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Christof Koch on Consciousness

Could the Internet feel happy or depressed? That's a distinct possibility, says renowned neuroscientist Christof Koch. He talks about computer consciousness, God, and the frontiers of brain science.

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Susan Blackmore on Zen Consciousness

Susan Blackmore is a British psychologist who's written books on consciousness, memes and Zen Buddhism. She says her daily practice of meditation has revealed truths that have eluded the scientific study of consciousness.

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WITH SUPPORT FROM

The Nour Foundation: Exploring Meaning & Commonality in Human Experience
Promega Corporation
Meet Your Mind: A User's Guide to the Science of Consciousness
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