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Spring Mountain Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa, CA
Friday July 15 to Sunday, July 17th
What may be the most important thing that has ever happened in human history is that violence has gone down, by dramatic degrees, and in many dimensions all over the world and in many spheres of behavior: genocide, war, human sacrifice, torture, slavery, and the treatment of racial minorities, women, children, and animals.
Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology; Harvard University. Author, The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Better Angels Of Our Nature: How Violence Has Declined
Why has cooperation, not competition, always been the key to the evolution of complexity?
Mathematical Biologist, Game Theorist; Professor of Biology and Mathematics, Director, Center for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University; Author, SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed.
Recent research concerning the welfare of others, etc. affects not only how to think about certain emotions, but also overturns how most models of reciprocity and exchange, with implications about how people think about modern markets, political systems, and societies. What are these new approaches to human motivation?
LEDA COSMIDES is a Professor of Psychology and Co-director (with John Tooby) of Center for Evolutionary Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Asking the fundamental question of modern life. In an enlightened world of scientific understandings of first causes, we must ask: are we free, morally responsible agents or are we just along for the ride?
Neuroscientist; Professor of Psychology & Director, SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara; Human: Who's In Charge?
Why is religion still alive? Why are people stil engaged in old folk takes and mythological stories — even those without rational and ethical foundations
Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion, Princeton University; Author The Gnostic Gospels; Beyond Belief; and Revelation
Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton University; Recipient, the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; Author, Thinking Fast and Slow
"Open-minded, free ranging, intellectually playful ... an unadorned pleasure in curiosity, a collective expression of wonder at the living and inanimate world ... an ongoing and thrilling colloquium."— Ian McEwan in The Telegraph
Stewart Brand, Biologist, Long Now Foundation; Author, Whole Earth Discipline
John Brockman, Publisher & Editor, Edge; CEO, Brockman, Inc; Author, The Third Culture
Max Brockman, Literary Agent, Brockman, Inc; Editor, Future Science: Essays From The Cutting Edge
Jaron Lanier, Computer Scientist, Musician; Author, You Are Not A Gadget
Salar Kamangar, CEO of You Tube and Google's ninth employee, is former VP of Google's web applications.
Sean Parker, The Founders Fund; CoFounder, Napster & CoFounder & Founding President, Facebook
Nicholas Pritzker, Hyatt Development Corporation
John Tooby, Founder, Field of Evolutionary Psychology; Co-Director, UC Santa Barbara's Center for Evolutionary Psychology
Anne Treisman, Research Psychologist, Princeton
Benedict Carey, Journalist, New York Times
Jim Giles, News Correspondent, New Scientist
Greg Miller, News Correspondent, Science
Lucy Odling-See, News Correspondent, Nature
Eva Wisten, Journalist, Dagens Industri
"Built 1884 in Saint Helena, CA, by Mexican-American Tiburcio Parrott, the majestic residence dominates the surrounding vineyards and includes spires, wraparound verandas, a conservatory, a grand stone tower, massive front double doors with exquisite stained glass, and a six-story high cupola. Miravalle was designed by architect Albert Schroepfer, who had designed acclaimed structures at Inglenook and Beringer Wineries, and San Fransisco's Orpheum Theatre. ... Tiburcio died within ten years, and Miravalle remained empty for the next seventy. In 1974 Spring Mountain Vineyard and winery were established on the surrounding property."
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