May 14, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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“Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic – A Manifesto for the Mind Sciences and Contemplative Practice” by B. Alan Wallace, 2012, Columbia University Press
Renowned Buddhist philosopher B. Alan Wallace reasserts the power of traditional Buddhist meditations to clarify the mind’s role in the natural world. Raising profound questions about human nature, free will, and experience versus dogma, Wallace challenges the claim that consciousness is nothing more than an emergent property of the brain with little relation to universal events. Rather, he maintains that the observer is essential to measuring quantum systems and that mental phenomena influence brain function and behavior.
Wallace spent fourteen years as a Buddhist monk, ordained by the H.H. the Dalai Lama. He then earned his undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College, and his doctorate in religious studies from Stanford University.
For the April meeting, please read Part I, and for the March meeting, please read part II.