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9:00 am — Opening 

The Biology and Psychology of Ethical Behavior, led by Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D.

Is morality culturally determined and relative, an evolved social contract that is absolute, or something else? In this session, we examine the biology of caring behavior and social interactions, as well as the dynamics of cooperation, competition, and power. 

This session includes talks by Susan Fiske, Ph.D., and Josh Greene, Ph.D.

 

10:30 — Break

 

11:00 — Human Emotions, led by neuroscientist Richie Davidson, Ph.D.

 

In this session we look at emotions as evolved behavioral responses, how well-being can be cultivated, and how our emotions can influence health. We further investigate the nature of compassion and its compatibility with evolutionary theory. 

This session includes talks by Paul Ekman, Ph.D., and Esther Sternberg, M.D.

 

Performance by Marquese Scott

 

12:30 — Lunch break

 

2:00 — Human Relationships, led by biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D.

Sexual behavior, romance, and partnerships are among the strongest human social drives. In this session we delve into the biology of sexual behavior and such topics as love addictions, serial monogamy, clandestine adultery, hookup culture, and how human partnering psychology is reflected in our animal cousins.

This session includes talks by Justin Garcia, Ph.D. and Laurie Santos, Ph.D.

 

3:15 — Break

 

3:45 — The Future of Being Human, led by neuroscientist David Eagleman, Ph.D.

In this session, we examine how the contemporary journey into massive scales of space, time, and big data irreversibly expands our perspective on ourselves—and how medical innovations which allow us to move past our traditional human bodies will change our cares and our consciousness.

This session includes talks by Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D. and Jer Thorp.

 

Performance by ELEW

 

5:15 — End of Program

 

 

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