Please join us Sunday, April 15th at 10:00 AM Pacific, for a conversation with Peter Baumann entitled “The Changing Human Story”
What is it to be human, and to explore being human by viewing ourselves as a process rather than as fixed individuals? Peter Baumann is interested in seeing evolution through clear, evolutionary eyes, recognizing us, and life as a constantly-changing process. Without being distracted or confused by idealization or reification, he believes can understand ourselves more clearly and be ourselves more freely.
Baumann says, “We are very different than human beings were even 200 years ago, let alone 1000 or 10,000 or 100,000. We’re links in a chain, and we don’t know where that chain is leading us.” He proposes that we can see this process most clearly if we don’t try to idealize or reify or fixate what it is to be human but instead pay attention to the experience of being human.
In his investigations, he has frequent conversations with a lot of scientists. So the first Being Human conference was an exploration of the sense of self and the decision making process. It focused on neuroscience, perception research, psychological research, and the perspectives offered by deep contemplative practitioners. In Ego: The Book, Peter and Michael engaged some similar inquiries, but in a more speculative and philosophical fashion, emphasizing an evolutionary perspective.
The implications of these investigations is an expansion of understanding, the addition of perspectives. He thinks this can enable us to relax a bit more, to realize that life is to be lived, not constructed or figured out conceptually. Life is simply to be experienced. Peter Baumann says, “our attention wants to be with the process itself. We like to study our processes as separate things but life doesn’t function that way. Individual lives shape culture which shapes individual lives. The more we feel a part of a larger process the less alienated and alone we can feel.”
About Peter Baumann
After joining the musical group Tangerine Dream in 1971, Peter Baumann toured with the band worldwide and recorded multiple Gold records until 1981. Mr. Baumann moved to New York in 1982 and founded the record company, Private Music. He served as CEO of Private Music until 1994 when the company was sold to RCA.
Peter has been happily married for 27 years and is father to three grown children. He lives in San Francisco, California and serves as director of several privately held real estate and natural resource companies, as well as the Baumann Foundation, a San Francisco-based think-tank that explores the experience of human well-being in the context of cognitive science, evolutionary theory, the contemplative tradition and philosophy. Through his foundation he has helped fund research and foster wide-ranging dialog, including the recent very exciting “Being Human”conference. He also serves on the board of CIIS and is a Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute. He is also the co-author, with Michael Taft, of the recent book: Ego: The Book: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, April 15th @ 10:00 AM Pacific,
Please Note: There will be a limited number of lines available on the live conference call, so we encourage you to listen online if possible. To make sure you can get through by phone, we encourage you to dial in early.
- To listen live by phone, dial: 206-402-0100 (alternate #: 501-707-0312)
- Then, enter Access Code: 272072#
- To listen live online go to: http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=28252695
- To download the audio after the teleseminar is complete go to the Beyond Awakening Audio Page
Join the Dialogue: About one hour into the dialogue, we’ll open up the lines and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with us directly over the phone or via instant message. Here’s what to do:
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team