Donnerstag 30.11.2023 16:00 — 17:30
Online Event

Mindvoyage l Dacher Keltner : "The Science of Awe: Evolution, Culture, and Self-Transcendence"

Dacher Keltner | Photo: Natalie Keltner

Dacher Keltner | Photo: Natalie Keltner

The Mindvoyage lectures feature prominent scholars from different disciplines including the humanities, biology, neuroscience and physics. On Thursday, November 30, 16:00 CET, the Mindvoyage lecture series features Prof. Dr. Dacher Keltner,. ​​​​​​​Dr. Keltner is one of the world’s foremost emotion scientists. He is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the director of the Greater Good Science Center. He has over 200 scientific publications and six books, including Born to Be Good, The Compassionate Instinct, and The Power Paradox. He has written for many popular outlets, from The New York Times to Slate. He was also the scientific advisor behind Pixar’s Inside Out, is involved with the education of health care providers and judges, and has consulted extensively for Google, Apple, and Pinterest, on issues related to emotion and well-being.

The lectures are presented by Lucia Melloni, Research Group Leader, Research Group Neural Circuits, Consciousness, and Cognition on behalf of the ARC-COGITATE Consortium.


This is a FREE event, registration is required. To register for the Zoom webinar, please register here


In this talk I will chart the new science of awe.  I will consider its deep mammalian origins and how it manifests in cultural processes like music, visual design, and spirituality and conceptions of the divine.  Grounded in this understanding, I will consider what has been learned in terms of awe's influences upon self-representation, cognition, and physiology. Bringing these lines of evidence together, I will argue that awe is a self-transcendent emotion, which emerged in human evolution to enable individuals to fold into social collectives and to see the systems they are part of.

The online event will be held on Zoom. Pleaso note the Data Protection Information Regarding Zoom Webinars.