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A Day on Consciousness

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Change how you see the world in this day of talks exploring the fascinating mysteries of human consciousness.

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Right now, tens of billions of neurons are working together in your brain so that you can read these words.

How does this happen?

For the longest time, consciousness was life’s greatest mystery; something we thought we’d never understand.

Indeed, attempts to understand how the brain produces consciousness have, until now, been unsuccessful, leading many to conclude that it’s an unsolvable problem.

However, new developments in cutting-edge neurology, physics, and philosophy are beginning to show that we may have been looking in the wrong place, and that the materialist assumption that consciousness arises only as a result of brain processes is not only reductionist, but also scientifically inaccurate.

In this conference, we’ll explore consciousness paradigms that go beyond the brain, how they work, why they matter, and how understanding them can enhance your everyday experience of reality.

Content

  • Consciousness, Purpose, and Values; why time, space, matter, consciousness, values, purpose and the sense of the sacred may be the irreducible ‘building blocks’ of reality, the role that value and purpose play in consciousness itself, and why our failure to understand this may lie at the heart of the global crises we face today - Dr Iain McGilchrist
  • Non-Duality and the Nature of Consciousness; why materialist assumptions about the nature of consciousness may be the root cause of suffering within individuals, conflicts between communities and nations, and the degradation of our environment, and how a non-dual paradigm may offer the best alternative for restoring well-being to individuals and peace to our communities - Rupert Spira
  • The Extended Mind; learn how ‘extra-neural’ resources — the feelings and movements of our bodies, the physical spaces in which we learn and work, and the minds of those around us—can help you focus more intently, comprehend more deeply, and create more imaginatively - Annie Murphy Paul

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Speakers

Consciousness, Purpose, and Values- Dr Iain McGilchrist

Dr Iain McGilchrist is a Psychiatrist and Writer, who lives on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of North West Scotland. He is committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mould, and in turn is moulded by, our minds and brains. He was formerly a Consultant Psychiatrist of the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley NHS Trust in London, where he was Clinical Director of their southern sector Acute Mental Health Services.

Dr McGilchrist has published original research and contributed chapters to books on a wide range of subjects, as well as original articles in papers and journals, including the British Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times. He has taken part in many radio and TV programmes, documentaries, and numerous podcasts, and interviews on YouTube, among them dialogues with Jordan Peterson, David Fuller of Rebel Wisdom, and philosopher Tim Freke. His books include Against Criticism, The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning, and Ways of Attending. He published his latest book: The Matter With Things, a book of epistemology and metaphysics. You can keep up to date with his work at https://channelmcgilchrist.com

Non-Duality and the Nature of Consciousness-Rupert Spira

Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality and the source of lasting peace and happiness since his early age. After spending twenty years immersed in the teachings of classical Advaita Vedanta, he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, who introduced him to the Direct Path approach whereby one may recognise the source of peace and happiness in oneself. Rupert has written several books and holds regular meetings and retreats online, as well as in Europe and the United States. He is also a noted potter, trained in the British Studio Pottery school, with work in public and private collections. www.rupertspira.com

The Extended Mind- Annie Murphy Paul

Annie Murphy Paul is an acclaimed science writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and The Best American Science Writing, among many other publications. Her latest book is The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain. Published in June of 2021, it was selected as an Amazon Editors' Pick for Best Nonfiction, one of "50 Notable Works of Nonfiction" by the Washington Post, and one of "100 Notable Books of 2021" by The New York Times. She is the author of Origins, also named by the New York Times as a “Notable Book,” and The Cult of Personality, hailed by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker as a “fascinating new book.” Her TED Talk has been viewed more than 2.7 million times. Paul is a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship, and the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellowship at New America. A graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she is currently a Learning Sciences Exchange Fellow at New America.

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Event Schedule

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Consciousness, Purpose, and Values- Dr Iain McGilchrist
  • 2:00pm - 2:30pm: Break
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm: Non-Duality and the Nature of Consciousness-Rupert Spira
  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm: Break
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: The Extended Mind- Annie Murphy Paul

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Why Attend Live?

  • Get exclusive access to the content - at least six months before anyone else
  • Interact with world class speakers and leading academics in real time, and get your questions answered in the Q&A sessions
  • Build lasting relationships with a community of likeminded people as you interact throughout the talks
  • Earn a CPD certificate and demonstrate your commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Get lifetime access to video and audio recordings, and all available event materials (e.g. slides, handouts, etc.)

FAQs

How does the Online Video Conference Work?

After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a unique link and instructions to join the video conference.

Will I be able to ask questions?

You will be able to submit questions to each speaker during the Q+A sessions.

What if I miss part of one of the lectures? Will I have access to the recordings?

Yes, the recordings will be emailed to all ticket-buyers (even those who can't attend on the day) approximately one hour after each lecture finishes.

This means that if you miss anything, you'll be able to catch up in your own time.

If you have any further questions, please email support@theweekenduniversity.com for more information.

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Who is this event for?

You might be:

  • A mental health practitioner; psychotherapist, counsellor or coach, attending for continuing professional development
  • A psychology student seeking to broaden your knowledge in different areas of the subject
  • Considering a transition into a career in psychology, but not sure exactly what route to take yet
  • A member of the general public attending for the sheer joy of learning and exploring your curiosity.

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The Weekend University seeks to guarantee an excellent learning experience.

If you are not fully satisfied with the day, you will receive 100% of your money back, and we will cover the cost of your travel to and from the venue.

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We offer a full refund if you cancel within 7 days of the event date.

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To do this, we organise 'lecture days', where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, authors and university professors. 

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