A full day of talks putting ancient ideas to the test of modern scientific research.
What are dreams, and why do we have them?
When did human consciousness first emerge? And how has it evolved since?
Do early Buddhist descriptions of the mind, and of the human condition, make sense in light of modern science?
These are just some of the questions we’ll explore at this coming day on ‘Ancient Wisdom & Modern Psychology’ at The Weekend University.
In this series of talks, we’ll put ancient ideas to the test of modern science. Drawing on perspectives from neuroscience, philosophy and cognitive psychology, we’ll discuss dreams, consciousness, and mindfulness, and examine them in light of modern psychological research.
Attendees will learn:
- How to understand your dreams; modern psychological theories of dreaming, from classical psychoanalysis (was Freud right after all?) to 21st Century Cognitive Neuroscience
- The psychological effects of ancient buddhist practices; what the latest research reveals about the link between mindfulness and wellbeing
- The evolution of consciousness; how the human experience has changed from the time of Socrates to Freud, the birth of philosophy, and the emergence of psychotherapy in the 20th Century.
You’ll leave with a clear understanding of how these ancient ideas, when paired with the latest psychological research, can benefit your own life, and your ability to help others.
The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on the theme of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Psychology.
- 10:00am – 12:00pm: Session 1
- 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Session 2
- 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break
- 3:15pm – 5:00pm: Session 3
- 5:20pm – 7:00pm: TWU Social & Networking (optional)