Redefining the human experience

Posted in: human behavior, neuroscience, psychology- Oct 01, 2011 Comments Off on Redefining the human experience

We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution. Every day brings new findings from a broad range of disciplines–behavioral economics, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, social anthropology, philosophy–that promise to overthrow long-held biases and stories about what it means to be human. Being Human

As if reading my mind (see last post), the twitterverse delivered to my tweet stream a link to an entire symposium on what it means to be human in today’s world.

With an ever increasing knowledge of how our brains work combined with a deeper understanding of perception, attention, and cognition, it’s high time we pause to reflect on previous assumptions and long held beliefs of what constitutes our conscious experience–in other words, what it means to be human.

Presented by The Baumann Foundation, the first annual Being Human 2012 Symposium (they may want to rethink that name. What happens the following year? That said, I’m just grateful they didn’t go with Being Human 2.0), will be held on March 24th, 2012 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

It has an impressive list of speakers from such disciplines as neuroscience, psychology, behavioral sciences, and philosophy.

There doesn’t appear to be any representatives from the tech sphere but I hope they will include technology and its influence on our lives today–because it’s kind of huge. Mr. Baumann?