The Long Now Foundation welcomes
(Chinese language and religion scholar)
"Creativity, Trust and the Paradox of Spontaneity"
co-presented with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Join us afterwards for drinks and conversation with our speaker
With the paradox of wu-wei, Chinese thinkers anticipated aspects of modern neuroscience more than two millennia ago. Chinese language and religion scholar Edward Slingerland discusses wu-wei’s contemporary relevance to creativity, trust, virtue, and the future of human cooperation.
Edward Slingerland is professor of Asian studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia, where he also holds adjunct appointments in philosophy and psychology. His book Trying Not to Try was a Guardian Best Book of 02014 and chosen by Brain Pickings as Best Book on Psychology / Philosophy for that year.
"Slingerland’s book exemplifies the very principles it elucidates.
Although the material is sophisticated, we effortlessly glide through a highly original integration of ancient wisdom and modern science..."
—Jonathan Schooler (Prof. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UC-Santa Barbara)
During Dr. Slingerland's current residential fellowship at Stanford's CASBS he is working on a book-length project about conceptions of body and mind in early (5th-3rd c. BCE) China. This work will call into question neo-Orientalist myths about Chinese or “Eastern” thought. He is also researching the role of intoxicants and ecstatic experience in the rise of human civilization, and he is continuing to direct an international, interdisciplinary project on the evolution of religion and morality.
Long Now is pleased to continue our collaboration with CASBS. This is the second of several Interval talks this year that will feature 02016 CASBS fellows.
Since 01954 CASBS has been a preeminent national and international locus for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and transformative thinking and research on some of the most important challenges and issues. Its aim is discovery in the service of advancing social science methods, theories, and topics that address and answer socially significant questions. At the heart of the CASBS enterprise is its residential fellowship program, which attracts the finest minds from psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and related disciplines.
Edward Slingerland is professor of Asian studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia, where he also holds adjunct appointments in philosophy and psychology. His research specialties and teaching interests include early Chinese thought, religious studies (comparative religion, cognitive science of religion), cognitive linguistics (blending and conceptual metaphor theory), ethics (virtue ethics, moral psychology), and the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences.
He earned his B.A. with Distinction from Stanford University in Chinese (01991), his M.A. in classical Chinese from UC Berkeley (01994), and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford (01998), where he wrote his dissertation on the topic of wu-wei and the paradox of wu-wei—the first major academic treatment of this topic.
His books include Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China (02003), What Science Offers the Humanities: Integrating Body & Culture (02008), and Trying Not to Try (02014), and a co-editor of Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities (02011).
Join us for a talk about body & mind, science & instinct, and how historical knowledge benefits our present and future.
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The Interval at Long Now
The Interval at Long Now is a bar, cafe and event venue located in historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's north shore within view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We serve delicious beverages in a room full of mechanical wonders and thousands of books.
We are open daily 10AM to midnight. Events are typically on Tuesday nights a few times a month. Tickets usually go on sale 2 weeks prior to the event. Talks sell out quickly due to our limited capacity.
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