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MLE's new Managing Director

MLE is pleased to announce the appointment of Sander Tideman as its new Managing Director. Sander’s career has been devoted to the integration of contemplative practice and philosophy with practical initiatives. He is familiar with the Mind and Life community both in Europe and the United States. Sander will take over from Interim Managing Director Cornelius Pietzner in January 2016. We look forward with enthusiasm to working with Sander Tideman to further the vision and work of Mind & Life Europe and its community of scientists, scholars, and contemplatives.

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How can the humanities help neuroscience understand social reality?

Prof. Dr Wolf Singer is Director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and Founding Director both of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society. His research focuses on the neuronal substrate of higher cognitive functions. In this interview, Prof. Dr Singer gives his view on how the humanities approach can help neuroscience understand social reality.

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The Neuroscience of Compassion

Can training our brains help make the world a better place? In this video for the World Economic Forum, Tania Singer, Mind and Life Europe Board member, shows how our decision making is driven by a set of psychological motivations - from power to fear - that can be altered to help us make better decisions for society and for our health.

A European core with a global reach

Mind and Life Europe (MLE) supports pathways for knowledge that provide the basis to increase human well-being, ethical responsibility and compassion in order to more effectively confront global problems.

MLE is dedicated to bridging and integrating contemplative wisdom and practices with western scholarship in the arts and sciences and modern research capabilities, in order to generate, disseminate and translate that knowledge, with a particular focus on how the mind can cause or alleviate suffering.

In this regard, Mind and Life Europe is an integrative part of the global Mind and Life strategy to build and support Contemplative Science and Contemplative Studies at an international and interdisciplinary level. Established to further expand related activities in Europe of the Mind and Life Institute (, in response to increased interest from individuals and institutions, Mind and Life Europe assesses needs, implements strategies, and facilitates programs to help advance the study of consciousness and contemplative practices, specifically in Europe.


An Anthropologist's Perspective on Mindfulness

Dr. Joanna Cook is a Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at University College, London. Dr. Cook has been conducting anthropological research on mindfulness meditation for fifteen years. At the 2015 Mind & Life Europe Summer Research Institute, she offered a presentation on the ontology of mindfulness.

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2015 MLE Varela Awards

Applications for the 2015 MLE Varela Awards are now closed. Applications this year are being processed by the Mind & Life Institute. Awards will be announced by the end of December 2015.

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