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The Future Human – A Conversation with Michael Murphy

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December 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm CET

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A Conversation between Michael Murphy and Àlex Gómez-Marín

Wednesday December 20
9:00am PST  | 12:00pm EST  | 5:00pm GMT  |  6:00pm CET 

This event is LIVE and FREE. All registered participants will receive the RECORDING.

A monthly virtual encounter to reckon whence and whither humanity.

Following an hour-long lively and spontaneous dialogue between Alex and his guest, the session will be open to questions from the audience.

What will the future look like? How will the Future Human live? How will families, child rearing, education, health services, work, art, religion, love, science, language, storytelling change? And politics, economics, government, and the law? Will we be able to inhabit our planet in harmony, have sufficient energy, and afford to eat healthy food? Will we even survive? Can we thrive? These are just some of the topics that will be discussed online at the Pari Center in 2023.

Each month the Director of the Pari Center, physicist and neuroscientist Àlex Gómez-Marín, will be thinking and feeling aloud in the mode of dialogue with a prominent guest for about an hour, followed by questions and comments from the audience. Pursuing a major theme without rehearsal or script, they will attempt to engage with ‘that’ which sometimes takes place between (and beyond) two people talking.

Throughout 2022, Àlex hosted the very successful conversation series The Future Scientist, a monthly virtual encounter that aimed to understand where science is going and to reimage where we hope it might go. Maintaining the spirit and the format, the series will now expand its scope and morph into The Future Human as a natural continuation of the quest to reckon whence and whither humanity.

The twelfth conversation in this series will be on Wednesday December 20, 2023 with Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is a graduate of Stanford University, co-founder of Esalen Institute in 1962, and founder of Esalen’s Center for Theory and Research. He is a key figure in the Human Potential Movement and author of The Future of the Body (1992), a massive historical and cross-cultural collection of documentation of various occurrences of extraordinary human functioning such as healing, hypnosis, martial arts, yogic techniques, clairvoyance, telepathy, and feats of superhuman strength and extraordinary potential. He is an author of numerous books. His novels include The Kingdom of Shivas IronsGolf in the KingdomJacob Atabet, and An End to Ordinary History. His latest nonfiction work is An End to Ordinary History: Comments on a Philosophical Novel. Other nonfiction work includes: God and the Evolving Universe, co-authored with James Redfield and Sylvia Timbers; In the Zone, an anthology of extraordinary sports experiences, co-authored with Rhea White; The Life We Are Given, a book about transformative practice, co-authored with George Leonard; and The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation, co-authored with Steve Donovan.

Àlex Gómez-Marín is a Spanish physicist turned neuroscientist. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics and a Masters in biophysics from the University of Barcelona. He was a research fellow at the EMBL-CRG Centre for Genomic Regulation and at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. His research spans from the origins of the arrow of time to the neurobiology of action-perception across species, from flies and worms to mice and humans. Since 2016 he has been the head of the Behavior of Organisms Laboratory at the Instituto de Neurociencias in Alicante, where he is an Associate Professor of the Spanish Research Council. Combining computational biology and continental philosophy, his current research concentrates on consciousness in the real world.


December 20, 2023
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm CET