Zen Brain 2014 – All 12 Podcasts

Series Description: Increasingly, cognitive science presents us with a vision of mind as grounded in the complex transformative processes of life, while neuroscience presents us with a vision of the brain as a complex adaptive system that constantly reshapes itself in response to context, experience, and practice.How can this vision of complexity and transformation enrich our understanding of consciousness—the felt experience of awareness across waking, dreaming, sleeping, and dying? In this intensive program, we explore our lived experience of awareness in relation to our living bodies and brains seen as complex adaptive systems. We focus especially on the themes of “embodied cognition,” “emergent processes,” and “enaction” (cognition as embodied action). Neuroscientists, philosophers, Buddhist scholars, and Zen teachers explore these themes through presentations and discussion interspersed with periods of meditation practice throughout each day.

Speakers: Me!  as guest of Roshi Joan Halifax, Al Kaszniak, Evan Thompson, Richie Davison, John Dunne, and Rebecca Todd. 

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My opening talk at Upaya Zen Center’s Zen Brain 2014

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Series Description: Increasingly, cognitive science presents us with a vision of mind as grounded in the complex transformative processes of life, while neuroscience presents us with a vision of the brain as a complex adaptive system that constantly reshapes itself in response to context, experience, and practice.How can this vision of complexity and transformation enrich our understanding of consciousness—the felt experience of awareness across waking, dreaming, sleeping, and dying? In this intensive program, we explore our lived experience of awareness in relation to our living bodies and brains seen as complex adaptive systems. We focus especially on the themes of “embodied cognition,” “emergent processes,” and “enaction” (cognition as embodied action). Neuroscientists, philosophers, Buddhist scholars, and Zen teachers explore these themes through presentations and discussion interspersed with periods of meditation practice throughout each day.

Episode Description: Al Kaszniak kicks off this opening session of Zen Brain: Consciousness, Complex Systems, and Transformation by stating that this program is intended to “push the boundaries” of knowledge and will touch upon “new thinking” in relating complex systems theory to areas of inquiry such as neuroscience, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and contemplative practice. The Zen Brain faculty then briefly introduce themselves before handing the floor over to Neil Theise. Neil presents a wide-ranging introduction to consciousness and complex systems theory that draws upon ideas in physics, biology, and spirituality. After presenting the basics of complex systems theory, Neil unfolds some very novel thinking on how the emergence of the universe can be viewed in terms of three overlapping processes: complementarity, recursion, and sentience.

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At Deepak Chopra’s 2014 Sages and Scientists Conference

A talk about my complexity theory stuff updated through the lens of my current collaboration with Quantum Physicist/Cosmologist Menas Kafatos.

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FoamInterview with Erik Davis and Maja D’Aoust on “Expanding Minds”

Self-organization, the empty cell, and the mind of the quantum foam: a wide-ranging talk with Dr. Neil Theise, stem cell specialist, complexity researcher, and practicing Zen Buddhist.

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Teaser Clip for my “One World” interview with Deepak Chopra

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Complexity, Culture, & Consciousness … A Minds.com Panel Discussion

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This is happening Sunday evening, 1/26/2014 @ 8 pm EDT. Come listen! Should be fun and interesting!

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Double Belonging: At Home in Two Religions

Intro video for this retreat of this past weekend with the extraordinary Robert Kaku Gunn, PhD (Christian-Buddhist) and Ann Holmes Redding, PhD (Christian-Muslim)…  Wish you had all been there!

Check out their books, too!

Journeys into Emptiness: Dogen, Merton, Jung and the Quest for Transformation

Out of Darkness into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources

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