Past Event

Matthew Nisbet - The Quiet Mind: Science, Culture, and Contemplation in a Post-Pandemic World

September 25, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Event Description

Drawing on a common stream of philosophy originating around the 6th century BCE, contemporary teachings about meditation, yoga, and stoicism share similar points of emphasis which include

1) the core problems of suffering and seeing reality clearly;
2) the transitory, impermanent nature of our lives and the events around us 
3) the recognition that our perception of reality is clouded by elaborate delusions made worse by an individualistic and consumerist society 
4) that confused thinking and suffering can be managed by way of contemplation, self-mastery, and self-restraint. 

In his presentation, Matthew Nisbet will outline the emerging framework by which he is tackling the topic and present preliminary findings on how Buddhist meditation and mindfulness have been portrayed over the past four decades in the U.S. and U.K. elite press, including scientific claims about meditation’s effects on emotion, behavior, and health.

Event Speaker

Matthew Nisbet, Professor of Communication, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University

Event Information

Free and open to the public. Please visit the event webpage for additional information. 

Hosted by the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College.