Open Mindedness

| October 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

From the QualiaSoup series of videos, this is a terrific examination of the concept of Open Mindedness.

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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Tom Alan says:

    A talk on the subject of scientific evidence. The only thing missing is scientific evidence.

  2. bobmcdonld bobmcdonld says:

    Good presentation. Well done.

    I have been very intrigued for several years about a related topic, the role of not knowing in the psychological dynamics/state of people. We have been discussing for 100+ years the roles of id, egeo, superego, sexual desire, etc. I am interested in the role of not-knowing and would contend that not-knowing plays a role as significant and powerful as those other roles. For example, I would contend that we are generally so intolerant of not-knowing that we make up answers to substitute for the state created by not-knowing. We pretend to know to bind the nxiety that results from intolerance to not-knowing. This dynamic could readily be related to the patterns discussed in this discussion of open mindedness.

    Thanks for this presentation.


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