From Personal Change To Societal Change

A session at Mind and Life Europe Symposium for Contemplative Studies

  • Michel Bitbol
  • Matthieu Ricard
  • Wolf Singer
  • Dennis J. Snower

Saturday 12th October, 2013

7:00pm to 8:00pm (CET)

In this Keynote panel discussion, four of the main representatives from Social Science, Neuroscience, Contemplative Practice and Philosophy will review and discuss the preceding discussions. The main theme will be to find a synthesis between the personal and societal changes proposed throughout the earlier proceedings, as well as the question of values. Values form the basis of human interaction. Since both in education and in economy the congruency of values is crucial, one of the main challenges will be to identify parallels and connections between individual motivation and societal constraints, as well as to interpret these values in the larger context of a transformation both at the personal and the cultural level. The discussion will also explore how cultures and individuals shape one another, how systems architecture modifies behaviour by providing specific choice options and rewards.

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Michel Bitbol

Ph.D., Directeur de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, in Paris, France

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Matthieu Ricard

Ph.D., Buddhist monk at Shechen Monastery in Nepal

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Wolf Singer

MD., Ph.D., Director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and founding director of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)

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Dennis J. Snower

President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Professor of Economics at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel

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Time 7:00pm8:00pm CET

Date Sat 12th October 2013

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