Fri Apr 25, 2014
Toll Room, Alumni House, 4–6 PM
Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia)
Buddhism and Cognitive Science: How Can the Dialogue Move Forward?
The Buddhism-cognitive science encounter needs to be fundamentally reoriented in order to become a genuine dialogue. At present, the encounter takes its direction from scientific research on meditation and gives primacy to the measurable biobehavioral effects of meditation. I will argue, however, that the Buddhism-cognitive science encounter needs to take its direction from philosophy and give primacy to the constitution of meaning in human experience. Buddhist philosophy especially must be central to this dialogue.
(This is a plenary talk in a conference on Buddhism, Mind, and Cognitive Science.)