Posts Tagged "Physical Sciences"

The New Physics and Cosmology

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012

The New Physics and Cosmology

Zajonc, A. (2004). The New Physics and Cosmology Dialogues with the Dalai Lama. New York: Oxford University...

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The Neuroscience of Somatic Attention: a key to unlocking a foundational contemplative practice for educators

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012

The Neuroscience of Somatic Attention: a key to unlocking a foundational contemplative practice for educators

A webinar with Dr. Catherine Kerr, Department of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine and Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University. Somatic Attention can be a foundational practice for educators. Empathy, “gut sense,” and improved attention skills are all enhanced by somatic attention practice, especially the somatic attentional components of mindfulness meditation. Dr. Kerr discusses brain mechanisms underlying somatic attention practice and engages in a few brief somatic attention exercises in order to directly “unlock” key practice components related to basic brain processes.

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Contemplative Pedagogies in Geosciences

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012

Contemplative Pedagogies in Geosciences

Jill Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Science, Vassar College, gives examples of different types of contemplative practices that she has used in a variety of geoscience courses. Earth science content that has proven suitable for illumination with contemplative techniques includes geologic time, chemical and physical weathering, and characteristics for distinguishing different mineral groups.

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Contemplative Neuroscience

Posted by on Jul 2, 2010

Contemplative Neuroscience

A webinar with Richard J. Davidson, Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 This webinar provided an introduction to the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience.  This emerging field is harnessing the concepts and methods from the modern study of neuroplasticity and applying them to the alterations that might be produced through contemplative practice.  While the field is in its infancy, there are several promising findings that have emerged that suggest that the regular practice of certain forms of meditation...

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Contemplative Practice in the Science Classroom: Practical approaches to the impractical / Impractical approaches to the practical

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009

A webinar with Michelle Francl, 2008 Contemplative Practice Fellow, Professor of Chemistry at Bryn Mawr, and writer for Nature Chemistry. October 22, 2009 Prof. Francl teaches writing and chemistry and embeds contemplative practices into both.  Her courses demonstrate the value of this approach for learning and doing science, where practice provides nascent scientists with another set of ways to reflect on their work in relationship to the larger world.  She explores the use of many practices adapted for classroom use including “stilling” (breath and body awareness),...

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The Science of Meditation

Posted by on Mar 26, 2009

A webinar with Al Kaszniak, Professor and Head of Psychology, University of Arizona, and Arthur Zajonc, former Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and Professor of Physics, Amherst College March 11, 2009 An hour-long program about current research into the physiological and psychological effects of meditative practices. Download the Powerpoint presentation Read the research report referenced in the webinar, Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research,prepared by Shauna L. Shapiro, Kirk Warren Brown, and John A. Astin. Edited by Maia...

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