Beyond the Brain IX: The Science of Empathy and the Spirit of Compassion

The conference will be focusing on empathy and compassion through the lens that we are actually wired for empathy and compassion.

  • Venue: University of Winchester
  • Date: August 26-28, 2011

Note: This is not a Greater Good Science Center event.

Knowing that empathy potential exists at a neurophysiological level gives us a completely different understanding of human nature. Join Karen Armstrong, a leading proponent of the Charter for Compassion, and many others in their talks. Iain McGilchrist will explore the neurophysiology underpinning empathy. Geshe Tashi Tsering will speak about the spirit of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism, and Paul Gilbert will explain new psychological research on fear of compassion rooted in self-criticism. Valeria Gazzola is travelling from the Netherlands to share her insights into the workings of mirror neurons in our social interactions.

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