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Being Human 2013 to Offer Free Web Simulcast of Cutting-Edge Science & Philosophy Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  September 23, 2013 – Organizers announced today that a free online simulcast will be offered of Being Human 2013, the second annual gathering of top neuroscientists and visionaries who will explore what it means to be human from a variety of scientific, evolutionary and philosophical perspectives on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in San Francisco’s newly restored Nourse Theater.

Presented by the Baumann Foundation, and co-sponsored by KQED, Wikimedia Foundation, and Long Now Foundation, the day-long conference will explore four intriguing aspects of the human experience: the biological underpinnings of ethical behavior, the function and evolution of human emotions, the role of love and sex in human relations, and what lies ahead for our species. 

Some of the brightest minds in neuroscience, anthropology and behavioral research, including distinguished scholars from Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, Baylor, Yale, and the Kinsey Institute will each share their latest insights, pique curiosities, spur conversations, and provide a sense of connection, clarity and deeper understanding of our common humanity. Thought leaders in diverse fields such as contemporary information design and evolutionary philosophy will also be a part of the interdisciplinary program. The event will be highlighted by a mesmerizing dance performance by YouTube dub step sensation Marquese Scott and a riveting piano performance by the iconoclastic music pioneer ELEW.

“We felt it was very important to make this fascinating and thought provoking content available to people around the world who want to participate in the Being Human experience and learn more about our collective evolution,” said Jeff Klein, Executive Director of the Baumann Foundation.

The free streaming video simulcast will be available at www.beinghuman.org. The webcast will begin at 9 AM Pacific on September 28, and archive video will be available for viewing on the Being Human website following the event.

Tickets to attend Being Human 2013 in person and more information are available at http://www.beinghuman.org/2013.

Cutting Edge Music & Dance to Highlight Being Human 2013 Event

Startling Live Performances to Complement Day of Scientific & Philosophical Exploration

San Francisco, CA    July 23, 2013

Two of today’s most revolutionary and dynamic performing artists will be featured at Being Human 2013 taking place on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in San Francisco’s newly renovated Nourse Theater. Live performances by dubstep sensation Marquese Scott and improvisational piano pioneer ELEW (Eric Lewis) will enhance the day of explorations and insights from preeminent neuroscientists, researchers and authors into a deeper understanding of human emotions, ethics, biology and evolution.

Presented by the Baumann Foundation and sponsored by KQED, the Long Now Foundation, and Wikimedia Foundation, the second annual Being Human event will examine what it means to be human from a variety of scientific, philosophical and evolutionary perspectives. The program will include presentations and conversations on The Biology & Psychology of Ethical Behavior, Human Emotions, Love & Sex, and The Future of Being Human.

“These two thought-provoking and emotionally stirring performers will underscore the wonder and discovery that is an intrinsic part of the human experience,” said Peter Baumann, Founder of the Baumann Foundation and BeingHuman.org. “Science and philosophy, music and dance—they are all mysterious and joyful expressions of what it means to be human.”

Being Human.org and the Being Human 2013 event are the brainchild of Peter Baumann and the Baumann Foundation. Originally from Berlin, Baumann himself has a rich background in music and performance. In 1971 he joined Tangerine Dream, the hugely influential German music group, which played a pivotal role in the development of electronic dance music and the emerging New Age Music genre. He toured with the band worldwide and recorded multiple Gold records until 1981, and went on to found Private Music, the Grammy-winning record company later sold to RCA in 1994. Subsequently, Baumann has focused on the exploration of human nature and quality of life from a philosophical, conceptual and experiential perspective, co-authoring the book EGO: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity with Michael Taft. He serves on the board of the California Institute of Integrative Studies and is a Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute.

Featured performer Eric Lewis is the piano iconoclast known as ELEW. A modern day composer, pop artist and musical revolutionary, he is making dynamic reverberations in the music world with his unique ‘Rockjazz’ style of music (an inspired melding of ragtime, rock and pop) and his explosively physical style of playing. He stands (not sits) and plays his piano like an athlete plays a sport—going inside the instrument, plucking directly at the strings, and testing the limits of both his body and his mind. In 1999 ELEW won the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition where his exhilarating piano theatrics hinted at this new musical paradigm. He has recorded and performed around the world with such legends as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Roy Hargrove, and Cassandra Wilson among others.

Featured dancer and mesmerizing YouTube sensation, Marquese Scott found his undeniable passion for dance early in life. Following service in United States Navy, he became conscious that his next step was to perfect his art of dance by imitating the flow of nature and matter. Scott became known around the world with his breakthrough performance “Pumped Up Kicks Dubstep” which has been viewed on YouTube over 90 million times. Described by CBS News as, “simply mind-blowing,” TV host Ellen DeGeneres deemed his performance “incredible” and Gather named it the “best dubstep ever seen or performed by anyone–period.”

Tickets to Being Human 2013 and more information on these performers and featured speakers are available at http://www.beinghuman.org/2013.

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ABOUT BEING HUMAN & THE BAUMANN FOUNDATION
Being Human is an initiative of The Baumann Foundation that fosters an ongoing exploration into the nature of human experience from evolutionary, scientific and philosophical perspectives. By creating environments for learning, connection and conversation, including public and private events, publications and a website, Being Human invites all people to discover a deeper understanding of our human nature. For more information please visit http://www.beinghuman.org/ and http://www.thebaumannfoundation.org/.

Being Human 2013 Features a Glimpse into the Future of Humanity

Neuroscientist, Philosopher & Information Designer Share Insights Into What the Human Race Might Expect

San Francisco, CA  July 09, 2013

Beinghuman.org has announced that the upcoming Being Human 2013 event on Saturday, September 28, 2013 will include a tantalizing exploration of the future of humanity in a segment entitled “The Future of Being Human.” The segment will feature acclaimed neuroscientist David Eagleman, philosopher/technologist Natasha Vita-More and information designer Jer Thorp at the day-long event taking place in the newly renovated Nourse Theater in San Francisco’s theater district.

Offering a deeper understanding of what it means to be human from a variety of scientific, philosophical and evolutionary perspectives, the second annual Being Human event is being presented in collaboration with KQED, the Long Now Foundation, and Wikimedia Foundation. The “Future of Being Human” segment will follow other segments that will focus on “The Biology & Psychology of Ethical Behavior,” “Human Emotions,” and “Love & Sex.”

“We are at a unique place in history to be looking at what lies ahead for us as a species. The tools and data we now have at our disposal allow us to study ourselves in exciting new ways,” said Jeff Klein, Executive Director of the Baumann Foundation. “The insights offered by these extraordinary thought leaders will stimulate deeper exploration and inquiry into the nature of being human and the future of humanity.”

David Eagleman, PhD. is a neuroscientist, bestselling author, and the Director of Baylor College of Medicine's Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, where he studies how new discoveries in neuroscience can inform the way we make laws, punish criminals, and develop rehabilitation. He says, “It turns out your conscious mind — the part you think of as you — is really the smallest part of what’s happening in your brain, and usually the last one in line to find out any information. Given that we are not in conscious command of most of the brain networks controlling our behavior, how can we be held responsible for our actions?” Eagleman argues that the only rational course is to ask “What can we do from here?”

Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D. is a philosopher, designer, author, and professor at the University of Advancing Technology, whose research concerns the evolution of intelligent life beyond the current human biological form. By means of science and technology, her work addresses human limitations that are guided by ethical, life-promoting principles and values, such as ways to extend life, eradicate aging, solve problems of disease, and promote intellectual, creative, physical and mental well-being.

Jer Thorp is an information designer and innovator, and was formerly the data artist in residence at the New York Times. His work focuses on adding meaning and narrative to huge amounts of data as a way to help humans take control of the information that surrounds them. Thorp’s software-based art, that brings big data sets to life, is deeply influenced by science, and has been featured all over the world.

To purchase tickets and to learn more about these and other featured speakers and presenters at the Being Human 2013 event, visit beinghuman.org/2013.

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Being Human 2013 Segment to Focus on the Evolutionary Role of Love & Sex

BeingHuman.org hosts Leading Anthropologists to Ponder Why We are Hooked on Love & the Future of the Human Heart

San Francisco, CA  June 25, 2013

 

BeingHuman.org announces that Being Human 2013 will feature a fascinating segment exploring the biology of love, the evolution of sexuality, and how we choose our mates. Presented on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in San Francisco’s magnificent Nourse Theater, the "Love & Sex" segment will feature some of the world’s most forward-thinking biological anthropologists and social scientists.

Sponsored by KQED, the Long Now Foundation, and Wikimedia Foundation, the second annual Being Human event will foster a deeper understanding of what it means to be human from a variety of scientific, philosophical and evolutionary perspectives. In addition to the “Love & Sex” segment, the program will also include segments on The Biology & Psychology of Ethical Behavior, Human Emotions, and The Future of Being Human.

"We’ve invited some of the brightest minds in the fields of human behavior and sexuality to share their insights about two of the most powerful forces on earth, love and sex," said Jeff Klein, Executive Director of the Baumann Foundation. "Their presentations and the conversations that will follow will foster a sense of connection, clarity, and a deeper understanding of our common humanity."

Helen Fisher, Ph.D., a renowned biological anthropologist, specializes in the study of interpersonal romantic attraction. The author of numerous seminal books, including The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behavior, Dr. Fisher believes, "We are living in a sea of social and technological currents that are likely to reshape our family lives. But the drives to fall in love and form an attachment to a mate are deeply embedded in the human brain. With the expansion of the roles of both women and men, longer life spans, and the growing social acceptance of alternative ways to bond, we now have the time and tools to make more fulfilling partnerships than at any time in human evolution."

Justin Garcia, Ph.D., an evolutionary biologist and Assistant Professor of Gender Studies in The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, studies how human evolution and culture affect courtship and dating, romantic love, intimacy, and sexuality. As a scientific advisor at the dating site Match.com, Dr. Garcia believes that environmental and cultural forces contextualize our sexuality in unique ways, and has researched the underpinnings of the new Western "hook-up culture" that is accepting of casual sex.

Laurie Santos Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University, researches the evolutionary background of the human brain by studying non-human primates in her Comparative Cognition Lab. She and her team have found that monkeys make consistently irrational decisions, mirroring the same bad choices that people do. Dr. Santos has stated, "Many of the most important decisions we make—choosing a mate, for example—are decidedly not simple. Even when we try hard not to make mistakes, we make decisions based on irrational strategies and cognitive biases that we often don't realize are occurring. The best we can hope for is becoming aware of our irrational tendencies, so that we can catch mistakes before they happen."

Tickets to Being Human 2013 and more information on these and other featured speakers and presenters are available at BeingHuman.org/2013.

SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Helen Fisher, Justin Garcia, Laurie Santos, Being Human, Love & Sex, The Kinsey Institute, anthropology, evolution, romantic love, cognitive biases, fulfilling partnerships, Nourse Theater, Baumann Foundation, Peter Baumann, Ethics & Behavior, Human Emotions, The Future of Being Human

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ABOUT THE BAUMANN FOUNDATION & BEING HUMAN

Being Human is an initiative of The Baumann Foundation that fosters an ongoing exploration into the nature of human experience from evolutionary, scientific and philosophical perspectives. By creating environments for learning, connection and conversation, including public and private events, publications and a website, Being Human invites all people to discover a deeper understanding of our human nature. For more information please visit BeingHuman.org and TheBaumannFoundation.org.

Renowned Scientists Examine the Function of Human Emotions at Being Human 2013 Event

Leading Researchers Discuss How and Why We Feel the Ways We Do

San Francisco, CA June 18, 2013

 

For anyone who has every wondered why we have emotions and how they function, an enlightening segment entitled “Human Emotions” will be a part of the Being Human 2013 conference taking place on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in San Francisco’s newly restored Nourse Theater.

The second annual Being Human event will foster a deeper understanding of what it means to be human. In addition to the segment on Human Emotions, the conference will also examine The Biology & Psychology of Ethical Behavior, Love & Sex, and The Future of Being Human from a variety of scientific, philosophical and evolutionary perspectives.

Exploring what our emotions are for, how they evolved and how we experience them, the scholars in the “Human Emotions” segment include some of the most respected and accomplished scientists and researchers in the field of human behavior. “These esteemed scientists have dedicated their lives to understanding our emotions, how they arise, and where they come from,” said Jeff Klein, Executive Director of the Baumann Foundation. “By recognizing what lies underneath our seemingly complicated emotions, we can better understand how and why we feel the ways we do.”

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has spent nearly 40 years studying the human brain and emotion, and in 2006 was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine. Dr. Davidson authored The Emotional Life of Your Brain with Sharon Begley, and has investigated how the neurological effects of meditation can functionally rewire the brain.

Paul Ekman Ph.D. is a pioneering psychologist in the study of emotions and facial expressions, and has been named by the American Psychological Association as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century. Through his 60 years of research, Dr. Ekman has established that the nonverbal communication of emotions is a universal phenomenon, and that human emotions are an evolved, biological response shared by cultures worldwide. He states, “Emotions can override…the more powerful fundamental motives that drive our lives: hunger, sex, and the will to survive.”

Dr. Esther M. Sternberg is renowned for her discoveries surrounding the mind-body interaction in illness and healing. Recognized by the National Library of Medicine as one of the 300 women physicians who have changed the face of medicine, she is Research Director for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Translating complex scientific subjects in a highly accessible manner, Dr. Sternberg lectures nationally and internationally on subjects including the mind-body connection, ‘stress and illness’, spirituality, love and health, and well-being.

Tickets to Being Human 2013 and more information on these and other featured speakers and presenters are available at BeingHuman.org.

SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Richard Davidson, Paul Ekman, Esther Sternberg, Being Human, human emotions, neurobiology, neuroscience, Nourse Theater, Baumann Foundation, Peter Baumann, Ethics & Behavior, Love & Sex, The Future of Being Human

ABOUT BEING HUMAN & THE BAUMANN FOUNDATION
Being Human is an initiative of The Baumann Foundation that fosters an ongoing exploration into the nature of human experience from evolutionary, scientific and philosophical perspectives. By creating environments for learning, connection and conversation, including public and private events, publications and a website, Being Human invites all people to discover a deeper understanding of our human nature. For more information please visit BeingHuman.org and TheBaumannFoundation.org.