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Being Human 2012: The Science of Human Experience

March 24, 2012
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

A multi-disciplinary dialogue that brings together research from behavioral economics, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, social anthropology, philosophy, etc. and explores what it means to be human.

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Being Human 2012 will deepen your understanding of what it means to be human through exploring questions of the nature of humanity, how brains function, what motivates human behavior and what accounts for our built-in biases.

Participate in this multidisciplinary public dialogue lead by the scientists and thought leaders, most notably Davidson, Ekman, Kabat-Zinn, Harrington, Ramachandran, Eagleman to name a few that are pioneers in their research. Being Human 2012 will start the public dialogue on intriguing scientific and philosophical questions and may challenge long-held beliefs on many of these questions, which are listed as follows:

•    How has evolution shaped our brains to construct a model of reality?

•    How does the subconscious mind influence the decisions we make?

•    What is the relationship between self and culture?

•    Are you who you think you are, or is that just an illusion?

•    What does science tell us about our interactions with fellow humans?

•    Is humanity still evolving?

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