Thinking about the Mind

The presentations from TEDxSunsetPark, Santa Monica, June 7, 2012

What is the Mind? 

Dan Siegel is the co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center and the author of MindsightThe Mindful Therapist and The Whole Brain Child. Best known for his work in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, Dan discusses how our minds connect subjective human experiences, and how we see and integrate our mental lives.

The Practice of Mindfulness

Former Buddhist nun Diana Winston is the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and the author of several books on mindfulness and meditation. With more than 20 years in the study and practice of mindfulness, Diana explains how routinely taking the time to be in the moment can have a profound impact on our everyday lives and relationships.

Metaphor and Metacognition: The Mind When Pushed to Invention

Alise Shafer Ivey is the founder and director of Evergreen Community School in Santa Monica, California. Her work with children over the last 30 years sheds light on not only how children think, but also explores the ways in which the thinking of children generates, illuminates, and inspires dialogue and creativity in adults. Recognizing children as vital contributors to culture, Alise shares how children's unfettered perceptions have the power to jump-start the adult mind with refreshing and novel points of view.