Being Human 2013

September 28, 2013


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About this conference

Being Human 2013: a daylong exploration of human nature in the light of cutting edge science, philosophy, and evolution.

About Being Human

The experience of being human can be exciting or stressful, fun or depressing, but most often it’s simply confusing. How can we make sense of our world with all its pain and suffering, its delights and disappointments?

For most of human history we’ve been trying to understand our lives based on metaphysical, religious, and supernatural concepts. Then the Age of Enlightenment ushered in science and Darwin’s remarkable theory of evolution—a powerful new way to look at ourselves and the world. Now disciplines such as cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, genetics, anthropology, and philosophy are delivering fascinating new findings which have the potential to radically remake the way we see ourselves. Based on these scientific insights, a more comprehensive view of human nature is now emerging.

Our mission at Being Human is to expand and deepen this understanding by bringing together the brightest minds and the latest insights to address questions such as:
  • What are emotions for?
  • Why can’t we find lasting happiness?
  • How do we make choices?
  • Is there a right or wrong?
  • What motivates/drives us?
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