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13th Annual International Bioethics Forum
3.5 Billion Years of Wisdom: Exploring the Genius of Nature
May 1-2, 2014
We will be exploring the almost infinite varieties of how nature expresses itself in plants, animals, microbes, fungi – across the spectrum of the living world. Nature has solutions to problems that we are just beginning to understand, and many that we do not yet fathom. The plant healers of cultures in many parts of the world explain that their knowledge of healing comes from the plants themselves. There are so many beautiful examples of life forms accessing information that we simply cannot explain, but call it “instinct." There is no clear biological basis for that term, but observing it at work is breathtaking.
Wade Davis, Ph.D. (Anthropologist, Author, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Vancouver, British Columbia)
Louis Herman, Ph.D. (President, The Dolphin Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii; Professor, Department of Psychology and cooperating faculty member of the Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Jeremy Narby, Ph.D. (Anthropologist/Writer, Nouvelle Planéte; Lausanne, Switzerland)
Simon G. Powell (Author; London, United Kingdom)
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2013 FORUM SUMMARY
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Held: April 25-26, 2013
Coordinated by Promega Corporation and the BTC Institute, the 2013 Bioethics Forum offered two days of thoughtful information-sharing and discussion. Continuing with the theme of human consciousness, our topic this year was: Creative Insight: Further Studies in Human Consciousness.
Creativity can be defined as a process or consciousness state resulting in new insights leading to ideas, products, processes, and artistic expressions. Creative ideas have transformed society; new products and processes have brought convenience, safety, and capabilities; artistic expression opens us to the richness of human experience.
Designed for the general public and bringing together a diverse group of renowned presenters, the Forum focused on the sharing of scientific research and the consideration of related social and ethical issues. Many questions related to creativity were explored, including:
- From the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, the arts and other disciplines, what do we know about the creative process and the state of human consciousness?
- Are there techniques and environments that effectively develop and nourish creativity in all of us?
- What is the impact of science and technology on the creative process?
Lynda Barry (Cartoonist, Artist, Author and Speaker, Rock County, WI)
Erik Davis (Cultural Critic, Freelance Journalist and Lecturer, San Francisco, CA)
James Fadiman, Ph.D. (Adjunct Full Professor, Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), Palo Alto, CA)
Rex E. Jung, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, New York University, New York, NY)
David Krakauer, D. Phil. (Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Madison, WI)
William Linton (Chairman & CEO, Promega Corporation)
Alfonso Montuori, Ph.D. (Professor and Department Chair, Transformative Studies Ph.D. and Transformative Leadership M.A., California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA)
Steve Paulson (Executive Producer, To The Best of Our Knowledge,
Wisconsin Public Radio and Public Radio International) (Moderator)
To The Best of Our Knowledge Presents: Meet Your Mind - A User's Guide to the Science of Consciousness
Matthieu Ricard (Monk, Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery, near Kathmandu, Nepal)
Open to 350 participants, the Forum began each day with continental breakfast and registration at 7:30am, followed by the start of the program at 8:30am. It concluded with a late afternoon reception. The registration fee ($185) included breakfast, lunch and a reception both days.
Attendees also had the unique opportunity to join a small group dinner conversation with a presenter on Thursday evening for an additional charge of $75.
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