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Mind and Life XXVI, January 2013 - Conference topics

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Day 1 - January 17 - Introduction

Morning: Exploring the Nature of Reality: Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives

Afternoon: Session: The Sweep of Science: Knowledge and the Nature of Reality

Day 2 - January 18 - Physics

Morning: Quantum Physics, Relativity, and Cosmology

(01:07:49) Changing the idea of understanding the world worth the idea of understanding our relation with the world. (01:24:98) Example 1: Schrodinger's cat. (01:34:47) Intersubjective truth. Intersubiective knowledge. (01:37:57) Example2: Wave-Corpuscle duality without ontology. (01:51:83) The Guided Wave Theory. (01:57:36) Clarification 4: Particles with no intrinsic existence. Comparation with a rainbow (LeBlanc, Espagna). (02:01:66) Rindler box experiment. Discussion about the absolute cool. Quantum vacuum. (02:14:43) Clarification 5: Indeterminism. Disturbance in observation is uncontrollable. Causality is not applicable to quantum mechanics (Heisenberg). Indivisibility of quantum phenomena (Bohr). (02:20:43) Conclusions: Similitudes to Buddhist philosophy. Danger of physics to absolutise materialism. Buddhist perspective on truth in relation to science.

Afternoon: The Nature of Reality

Day 3 - January 19 - Neuroscience

Morning: Changing the Brain

(01:05:56) Training compassion. (01:08:11) Metacognition. (01:09:71) Basic model of training. (01:11:61) Different Routes in Understanding Others. (01:17:46) The Neuroscience of Empathy and Compassion. (01:22:38) Empathy, Compassion, Emphatic Distress. (01:24:73) One Week Training. (01:26:07) Discussion: How positive and negative emotions are defined in Western and Buddhist view? (01:43:05) Dalai Lama' intervention: Empathy can not extend to your enemy but compassion can go. Empathy is related to the subject attitude, compassion no. (01:53:20) Discussion about physicians getting no training in dealing emphatic distress. (01:56:71) Does Buddhism know a Middle Way between empathic and distress? (02:00:19) Compassion qualities are lost through living and have to be discovered through meditation.

Afternoon: Exploring Neuroplasticity

Day 4 - January 20 - Consciousness

Morning: Consciousness in Western Science and Philosophy

(01:48:27) Dalai Lama about the Subtile Mind and Subtile Matter. (01:55:37) Michael Davidson: Subtile mind is magic from the point of view of Western Science. (01:56:92) Mahtieu Ricard explains karma. (01:57:55) Dalai Lama : We must respect others schoolar or religions thought. (02:00:00) Tania Singer: Is pure mind related to energy? Rlung. (02:03:91) How memory information can be carried from a life to an other? (02:07:28) Phisical and neurogical sciences operates presoposing a material substrate for everything, while buddhist thinking cosider imaterial phenomena too. (02:09:76) Thupten Jinpa: What is the difference between counscesness and awareness? (02:14:53) Michael Davidson to Dalai Lama: Why science can not investigate subtile body? (02:18:93) The role of meditation and yogic exercise in developing the subtile mind.

Afternoon: Approaches to Consciousness

(00:30:51) Introduction. (00:33:20) Pramana thories on mind. (00:34:96) "I can doubth everything but not the experience itself." (Descartes) (00:36:61) Thesis statement. (00:40:31) We are born with grammar capcities. (00:41:87) How our visual system is capable to recognise an infinite number of entities? (00:42:65) Computational model of brain principle. (00:43:38) If you can give an informational caracterisation than anything that has that caracterisation potentially had conscousness. (00:45:38) Reasons why we don't belive in computational model. (00:45:38) Concepts are not formal or mathematical, but they are grounded in perceptual and other bodyly capacitieas that are preconceptual. Bodily basis of conceptualisation. (00:50:34) The Gods and the moths view of the world. (00:53:84) Can we give a mathematical model of the Pramana theories? (00:54:72) Conclusions and comments.

Day 5 - January 21 - Applications of Contemplative Practice

Morning: Clinical and Educational Applications of Contemplative Practice

Afternoon: Promoting Human Development

Day 6 - January 22 - Future Directions

Morning: The Future of Monastic Science Education & Buddhism, Science and Modernity

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