- "How real can I be with you?" | An Evening with Jeff Lieberman
Join Jeff Lieberman on June 27, co-hosted by Consciousness Hacking Cambridge and the MIT Museum Studio, for an evening of connection, communication, and curious exploration: In what circumstances are you uncomfortable sharing exactly how you feel? How could your relationships deepen if you fully showed up and owned your intelligence, power, and heart in the moment? What would change if you didn’t avoid conflict but instead embraced it? "I’m Jeff Lieberman, a 40 year old artist and scientist ( http://bea.st ) that felt for years like there was something missing in my life. I've spent the last 10 years exploring disciplines ranging from Advaita Vedanta meditation to neuro-feedback to somatic therapy, and discovered many ways I wasn’t being true to myself — not showing up fully owning my power, heart, and intelligence. Whether to impress others, manage other people’s feelings, or to hide aspects of myself out of fear, I had imprisoned myself in a web of beliefs about love and how to be loved. This won’t be a talk; we will be experimenting on ourselves, to deepen a sense of wonder, connection with each other, and freedom in our lives. Come if you are curious to explore the nature of your experience." -- 7:00p Doors Open - light refreshments + conversation -- 7:30p Doors Close - session begins Space is limited for this session. Please plan to arrive by 7:30p, when we'll close the doors to allow the group to fully engage in the workshop. We look forward to seeing you!
- Shifting Relationships to Self + Others: Perspectives from Neuroscience and Tech
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Robert Waldinger and Linda Stone, sharing perspectives from neuroscience and tech to address questions about our shifting relationships to ourselves and others around us. What does it mean to be connected in the digital world? Do these advancements shift our fundamental definitions of 'happiness' and 'fulfillment'? How does technology help or hinder our ability to build meaningful relationships in an age of ubiquitous social networks and viral interest in quantified self? How should these changes affect the tech we engineer and design? We're SUPER lucky to be hearing from two amazing speakers. Robert Waldinger (http://bit.ly/TED-happiness) is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and Zen priest. He is a Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, and he is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development--over 75 years and ongoing, it's one of the longest and most complete studies of adult life ever conducted. Professor Waldinger's TED talk has garnered over 16,000,000 views as it weaves cutting-edge science with old wisdom to get at fundamental questions--what relationships tie us together, which relationships keep us individually healthy, and what makes a good life? Linda Stone (https://lindastone.net/about/) is a thought leader focused on our relationship to technology and how it can impair or evolve our relationships to ourselves. She served in leadership roles early in Microsoft and Apple and has stayed in the technology space since. She's part of the TED Catalyst Advisory Group and MIT Media Lab Advisory Board. Linda has explored, since the early days of tech, the impact of technology on our attention and coined the terms "continuous partial attention," "screen apnea," and "email apnea." Today, Linda is exploring a set of ideas she refers to as Essential Self technology; wise body supported by helpful technology. After talks, we'll open the floor to hear from each other--share ideas and work, find new collaborators... it's about relationships after all :) See you all soon!
- Demo+Discuss Tech/Science to Expand Consciousness via Contemplative Practice
Back at it! Consciousness Hacking (http://www.cohack.life/) is a growing community interested in expanding the focus area of local design, science and tech talent to include contemplative frameworks (emotional, psychological, spiritual benefits and costs of tech). This event will bring together experts in Mindfulness, Transcendental Meditation, Neuro-engineering, Psychiatry, Self-Reflection Technology and more. It's an awesome space to learn from and connect with people creating new tools for self-exploration! Our demos and speakers this time around are crazy cool :) Bring along project ideas or come to talk! SPEAKERS Dr. Jeffrey Rediger is a professor at Harvard Medical School and Medical Director at McLean Hospital, an expert in the power of mind over the body, holding both an MD and Master's of Divinity. Check out his TEDx (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mjVHIB0FhI). Dr. Andreas Mershin is a multidisciplinary "no labels" Research Scientist at MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. Trained as a physicist, his current work involves using EEG to quantify subjective states of mind during sensory deprivation tank experiences. Hear him talk on the Quantum Brain (https://vimeo.com/3029997). Baruti KMT-Sisouvong is a PhD Candidate in Vedic Science from Maharishi University of Management and Director of Cambridge's Transcendental Meditation Program. For a sense of his interests and expertise see here (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/twenty-minutes-twice-per-day-myself-baruti-kmt-sisouvong). Chris Berlin is an instructor in pastoral counseling at Harvard Divinity School. He teaches clinical training for Buddhists in care-giving roles and interfaith chaplaincy, and served as an interfaith chaplain at Dana-Farer Cancer Institute where he taught meditation and mindfulness to patients in treatment and end of life care, as well as to staff and clinicians. See him speak on Buddhism here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp2ahUIHp2g). DEMOS Rébecca Kleinberger is a PhD candidate in Tod Machover's the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab. Her Master's thesis focused on creating tools and experiences to help people discover themselves through the uniqueness and expressivity of their voice. For her PhD she focuses on creating self-reflection technologies; experiences to connect people with themselves and with others using techniques such as VR, lasers, wearable tech or robotics. See her amazing work (http://web.media.mit.edu/~rebklein/). Marie-Therese Png is currently studying for her Masters in Mind, Brain and Education at the Harvard GSE. Her current project out of the MIT Media Lab is using neurotechnology to increase awareness of fear responses to decrease implicit racial bias. She is co-heading the AI, Brain and Cognition Initiative out of the Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School. Learn more here! (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-therese-png/) Chi is a Virtual Reality experience that integrates tactile feedback and visual cues to teach Tai Chi (First Runner Up, MIT Hacking Arts (https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/20/harmony-space-win-top-prize-at-mit-hacking-arts-for-music-learning-app-that-feels-like-pokemon-go/) 2016!) John Ruelas (https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-ruelas-40a0a312b/) is CTO of Martian Wearables, specializing in affordable, research grade-EEG systems, allowing everyone the opportunity for continuous self-monitoring and neurofeedback training. When We Die is a two-part Virtual Reality experience that guides users through the process of contemplating their own mortality and presents expert points of view that may not have previously been considered. Death and Dying in VR (https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/23/death-and-dying-in-vr/).
- Let's meet up to explore Sleep Science, Experimental Technology, and Wellness
Consciousness Hacking Cambridge is having our kickoff!!! We're working with HBS Healthcare Club and CODE to bring you Hack Your Sleep, an event that will explore sleep science, interventions, experimental technology, and the impact each might have on our conscious experience. Join us for an evening of exploration and insights on sleep. What do binaural beats really do? What can science tell us about dreams? What exploratory tech exists for intervening on sleep and wellness? We're hosting some amazing sleep experts including: Robert Stickgold, Harvard Professor and Sleep Researcher who published the first paper on the science of Dreams in 40 years. You may recognize his legendary dream TED talk or RadioLab appearances. Tom Rudick, an Android engineer who will share his DIY science journey on quantified-self and sleep Judith Amores, from the MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces lab, working on experimental tech with sleep, meditation and smell Adam Hewett, co-founder of Brain.fm, music designed to enhance focus, relaxation, meditation, naps...offering free 2 weeks of brain music to all attendees! Please make sure you RSVP (required). Early sign-ups will have the chance to beta-test products before the event.