Mind & Life Europe has developed a series of webcasts called 'Beyond Confines – Following our Tracks' with the aim to make particular scientific insights accessible to a wider audience. This also allows substantive follow-on from the successful Beyond Confines Symposium in Fürstenfeldbruck (Germany) in October 2019. Its goal is to deliver ideas, concepts and approaches in the context of contemplative studies to people interested in the connection of Western sciences and Eastern wisdom traditions. That way, the knowledge of designated MLE experts can be unlocked and made accessible to a wider audience of people and can stimulate thought and action to promote human flourishing.
Following the theme of the Symposium in 2019, the MLE webcast series is called 'Beyond Confines – Following our Tracks'. It resembles the idea that there is a need to think and act in an interdisciplinary manner based on a broad range of disciplines. Specifically, the mid- to long-term development of the webcasts includes the six tracks of the symposium: education, philosophy, neuro- and cognitive science, politics, nutrition and economics. It seeks to further develop the topics that were discussed in the Symposium. By choosing “on-demand” webcasts (short videos delivered through the MLE website), there is no need for physical attendance in order to receive these contents at the time of actual broadcast.
The initial track of the MLE 'Beyond Confines - Following our Tracks' series consists of seven separate modules and one Q&A session (webinar). Each module is a short lecture of 15 min. held by a designated MLE expert that will be provided as video clip. At the end of the course there will be a live webinar with the expert of 60-90min. (that will be recorded) during which participants can ask questions in a live chat.
Each course of the MLE webcast series will initially be delivered exclusively to members of the MLE Friends program. Only MLE Friends can access the modules and also participate in the live webinar at the end of each course. After six months, all modules as well as the recording of the Q&A session (webinar) will be made accessible to the public through the MLE website.
Track Philosophy: The first series is a course on philosophy, curated by MLE Association Member Michel Bitbol. Specifically, the course will center around the topic of “Quantum Mechanics - A Theory with no View of the World” . The first series with Prof. Dr. Michel Bitbol, MD, was launched in Fall 2020 (exclusive access for MLE Friends).
Track Education: The MLE webcast series on Education was launched in 2020 with the first series. Curated by Katherine Weare, Principal Investigator of the Community of Contemplative Education (CCE), the second series follows this track and illustrates opportunities and challenges regarding the implementation of Contemplative Education (CE). Overall there will be three series in the track of education with seven videos each (exclusive access for MLE Friends), all curated by Prof. Katherine Weare, Ph.D.
The three series in the field of edcuation will deal with the topics of
- Series 1: Foundations of Contemplative Education
- Series 2: Making Contemplative Education Happen in Practice - The Rocky Road to Implementation
- Series 3: Emerging and Challenging Areas and Next Steps for CE (release in Spring 2021)
First lecture: Philosophy Series hosted by Michel Bitbol (1/7)
Part 1 of the MLE Webcast on Philosophy centers around the question "How can we compare quantum mechanics and Buddhism?" In this first short lecture, Michel Bitbol talk about the fact that it is widely held that there is a similarity between the Buddhist and the quantum views of the world. But, actually, the only similarity between the two disciplines is that they tend to challenge any view of the world whatsoever.
First lecture: Education Series curated by Katherine Weare (1/7)
In part 1 ('Foundations') of the MLE Webcast on Education Katherine Weare discusses the question "What is contemplative education and why do we need it?" She explores the aims and core concepts at the heart of contemplative education (CE). Specifically, how practices such as mindfulness, meditation, compassion, and self reflection for students and faculty are contributing to the transformation of school, university and lifelong education to help us all meet the urgent challenges of the 21st Century.
As the curator of this MLE webcast series, Prof. Katherine Weare, Ph.D., invited four experts who are current members of the Community of Contemplative Education (CCE): Caroline Barratt, Dusana Dorjee, Kevin Hawkins and Guy Claxton to share their insights.