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  • The Deeper Self: An Expanded View of Consciousness

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by The Nour Foundation, Wisconsin Public Radio’s nationally-syndicated program To the Best of Our Knowledge, and The New York Academy of Sciences

    As science continues to explore the mysteries of the unconscious, two critical questions remain: first, can unconscious impulses, desires, and feelings be willfully raised to the level of the conscious self? And, if so, would the unveiling of unconscious mechanisms lead to genuine self-knowledge or empowerment? Second, can we methodically tap into the unconscious to gear ourselves along more creative lines? If the unconscious is a source of intuitive and creative inspiration, how might a more expansive understanding of consciousness help us to flourish? How can we harness the intuitive parts of ourselves to think "outside the box," transcending the limitations of preconceived categories? And along those same lines, how would an expanded view of the unconscious frame our spiritual experiences or offer spiritual nourishment? Writer Siri Hustvedt, historian of psychology Sonu Shamdasani, and neuropsychologist Mark Solms will tackle everything from noetic experiences and the role of intuition to the phenomenon of peak experience and Jung's "collective unconscious."

    Video of the full event is available on the Nour Foundation's YouTube channel.


    Sonu Shamdasani, PhD

    Philemon Professor of Jung History, Director of the UCL Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines
    Editor of Jung’s The Red Book

    Mark Solms, PhD

    Professor and Chair of Neuropsychology, University of Cape Town; Director, Center for Neuropsychoanalysis, New York Psychoanalytic Institute
    Author of The Brain and the Inner World: An Introduction to the Neuroscience of the Subjective

    Siri Hustvedt, PhD

    American novelist and essayist; blogger, Psychology Today on mental health


    Steve Paulson

    Executive Producer, Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally-syndicated program To the Best of Our Knowledge

    Registration — Individual Lecture Prices

    Member (including students) $5
    Nonmember $15
    Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow) $7

    Presented by

    • The New York Academy of Sciences
    • Nour Foundation
    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

    Media Sponsor


    Promotional Partners

    The Dana Foundation


    This event is part of the Unlocking the Unconscious: Exploring the Undiscovered Self series.

    Moderated by Wisconsin Public Radio's Steve Paulson, this three-part series brings together leading scientists and scholars to probe the largely unexamined realm of the unconscious mind through a mix of disciplinary approaches, including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and psychotherapy.

    To learn more about each lecture and to purchase tickets, click on the links below.

      • Delving Within: The New Science of the Unconscious, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

      • Dreaming: A Gateway to the Unconscious? Wednesday, December 7, 2016

      • The Deeper Self: An Expanded View of Consciousness, Wednesday, February 15, 2017