NYT article on Dalai Lama, SfN controversy

Scientists Bridle at Lecture Plan for Dalai Lama – New York Times

Same story as before. As SfN gets closer, I’m sure we’ll only hear more about this. Oh, and for fairness, here are links to both the anti-DL and pro-DL petitions.

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5 thoughts on “NYT article on Dalai Lama, SfN controversy

  1. This is sickening, but not unexpected. The NY Times, lately far from the paragon of journalistic integrity, fails to apply much scrutiny to this petition. If SfN caves to this kind of pressure, they will not be having a very effective dialogue with society. That is clearly how this lecture is billed.

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  2. I’d like to know if there are members of the Society for Neuroscience who welcome the presentation by the Dalai Lama BUT who nonetheless feel uneasy about the collaboration between neuroscience and Buddhism. Let’s accept that meditation research is worth pursuing. Is there concern that this collaboration is a slippery slope? Might it things stray into mysticism?

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  3. Who would researchers get other than people dedicated to meditation who have any semplance of countrol over their mind? Doesn’t it follow that these same people would be as interested as scientists in what is really going on?

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  4. The line between science and Buddhist conceptions of reality, neuroplasticity etc. is neither here nor there- the scientific community wishes to remain objective and to not concern itself with ‘metaphysical’ notions. On the other hand, Buddhists (on some level) wish to maintain the legitimacy of their theories IN CONJINCTION with Budhist practices. The Dalai Lama sees connections between modern brain science and the ‘internal’ exploration that Buddhist meditation and cultivated practice can yeild. Wolf Singer offers some great insights between the study of consciousness (liner vs. non-linear oprganization, etc.) with new insights involving the way the brain is organized and functions (complex, NON-linear).

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