Mind and Supermind: Unconditional Wellbeing
How Living Mindfully Can Save the World
May 6, 2019, Schott Campus Auditorium
The human brain is complicated. We are wired to seek comfort and pleasure, and to seek meaning and purpose. Sometimes these impulses compete and sometimes they are complementary. Which of these impulses we choose to nurture has enormous implications for our individual well-being and the survival of the planet. We also have the capacity to be consciously self-aware. Join entertaining TEDx presenter Dave Mochel, internationally known mindfulness coach, to learn about unconditional well-being – health and happiness that is independent of your circumstances – and how to practice it in your daily life.
iGen The Smartphone Generation and The Future
Dr. Jean Twenge, November 5, 2018, Garvin Theater, SBCC Campus
Headline-making psychologist, researcher and author Dr. Jean Twenge discuss why today’s super-connected kids are growing up less rebellious, more tolerant, less happy and completely unprepared for adulthood… and what that means for the rest of us. Today’s teens and young adults (born after 1995) are part of iGen, the first generation to spend its entire adolescence with smartphones. Find out more on our Mind & Supermind page.
Drs. David and Bonnie Paul, April 2, 2018, Tannahill Auditorium, Schott Campus
Drs. David and Bonnie Paul, founders of The Freedom to Choose Project, share what they have learned about selfless, loving service through their work with thousands of men and women in medium-to-maximum security prisons over the past 13 years. This experiential evening begins with a video showing the power of this transformation in the prisons. Through practical exercises, you will learn how foundational selfless service skills have the potential to transform both your life and the world around you. Learn to incorporate these skills in your personal and work life, and discover your inner passion for selfless service.
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Join depth psychologist, Richard Tarnas, as he draws on philosophy, religion, and cultural history to seek a larger context for both understanding and action. Our civilization, indeed the Earth community itself, seems to be on the threshold of a fundamental transformation. This impending transmutation bears a striking resemblance to what takes place on the individual level in initiatory rites of passage, near-death experiences, spiritual crises, and critical stages of what C. G. Jung called the individuation process. Can we find a place of equilibrium, an eye in the storm, from which we can engage this time of intense polarization and radical change? What is the role of those ‘heroic’ communities which carry principles and perspectives that transcend the mainstream modern world view?
Join psychologist and ‘psychedelic explorer’, James Fadiman, to transform our view of the mind and ways in which the mind can be enhanced. We will explore two emerging understandings. The first displaces the old ‘single self’ assumption and suggests that a healthy personality is actually composed of multiple selves. The second displaces the idea that effects of psychedelics can be disturbing and overwhelming. When these substances are taken as microdoses, neither of these negative consequences occurs. This allows researchers to discover unanticipated beneficial uses of psychedelics including healing depression, anxiety and menstrual pain, as well as enhancing learning and creativity.
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