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An Expanded Conception of the Mind-Body Relationship

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The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

2040 Gough St

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Contemporary biophysical science assumes that mental experience is completely explicable in terms of local physical processes in the brain and body. The evolution of this reductive solution to the mind-body problem will be traced by Professor David Presti. Reminding us that William James and C.G. Jung held a more elastic view of how consciousness comes into being, Professor Presti will explore empirical evidence suggesting a more nuanced relationship between mind and the material world.


David Presti is Teaching Professor of Neurobiology, Psychology, and Cognitive Science in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Trained also in clinical psychology, he developed therapeutic strategies for veterans with addiction and post-traumatic stress. Since 2004 he has been teaching neuroscience to Tibetan monastics in India as part of an initiative spearheaded by the Dalai Lama. Professor Presti is the author of Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey.


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