Science & Wisdom LIVE brings meditation practitioners in conversation with scientists to address the problems of contemporary society and come to new possible solutions.
The dialogue between science and contemplative traditions can inspire positive action and inform an ethical response to the challenges of our times, grounded in the human values of cooperation, compassion and equality.
The great challenges of our times constitute an extraordinary opportunity for positive change. While living in unprecedented material wealth, our society is threatened by the loss of environmental resources and the fragmentation of human values.
The collective challenges we are facing compel us to investigate new tools to promote individual and collective well-being, grounded in ethical values and informed by scientific research.
The Science & Wisdom LIVE dialogues are based on the ideas of societal wisdom: the deliberate use of human knowledge and experience to cultivate well-being. As a long-term series, these dialogues aim to enrich our insight, wisdom, and understanding of mind and life.
Each dialogue investigates a specific sub-theme and explores the middle ground between science and contemplative traditions. Although each dialogue has a specific theme, its scope transcends the individual topic: like the butterfly effect, each dialogue will resonate with all other Science & Wisdom LIVE dialogues – past and future.
Each dialogue touches upon specific sub-themes where science and contemplative traditions intersect, such as the ethics of artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate change, and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for mental health.
During each dialogue the speakers will explore the common ground between science and contemplative traditions, while inviting debate and respecting the differences that will, inevitably, arise.