Series Description: All experience, thought, action and contemplative practice occurs in physical and social contexts. In current scientific research on situated and embodied cognition, it has been argued that various aspects of these contexts, including those of our communicative technologies, serve as extended aspects of mind. This innovative program focuses on the relationships between technology, complex systems, contemplative practice, and experience. The program combines the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, medicine, Buddhist studies, and contemplative practice in order to illuminate the extended mind. Talks, discussions, and explorations with participants are embedded within Zazen practice throughout each day.
Episode Description: Roshi Joan opens this year's Zen Brain by offering deep gratitude to Nancy Driscoll who passed away a few days prior to beginning of the program. Dr. Kaszniak makes some preliminary remarks on the topics that will be covered and fa