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Date: May 17, 2022 - June 7, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sponsor: Programs in Earth Literacies
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What’s love got to do with it?
From ‘survival of the fittest’ to compassionate connection with Dr. Richard Watson 

‘Survival of the fittest’ is not just a theory of biological evolution, it’s a worldview. The underlying assumption is that self-interest and competition is not only natural and unavoidable, but actually desirable and necessary for any kind of ‘progress’ or ‘improvement’. This assumption drives policies of unlimited growth and unsustainable exploitation that are catastrophically damaging to us as individuals, to our global community, and to other living things and the biosphere. But now a new explanatory framework for creative adaptation in biological systems is emerging which turns the underlying assumption on its head. It shows what the ancient wisdom traditions knew all along – that ‘compassionate connection’ (love) is more creative than ‘survival of the fittest’ (self-interest). This new view of the natural world offers an antidote to competition-based mindsets and provides a new scientific foundation for these ancient spiritual wisdoms.

This course seeks to bring together the ideas of this new science and these worldviews to relieve the tension between self-interest and our impact on one another and the world around us. The focus will be both on presented material and what we can learn from each other to move into compassionate connection.

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Event Posted by: Gertie Jocksch