Dan Siegel, executive director of the Mindsight Institute gives a lecture entitled
Mindsight: The Power of Connection The Science of Reflection as part of the Chautauqua Institution's 2009 Summer Lecture Series.
Dan Siegel serves as the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization that focuses on how the development of insight, compassion and empathy in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.
An award-winning educator, Dr. Siegel is currently an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is a Co-Investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and is Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.
He received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative.
Dr. Siegel is the author of the internationally acclaimed text, The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience (1999). He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. His book with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (2003) explores the application of this newly emerging view of the mind, the brain, and human relationships. His latest book is The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being (2007).
Dan Siegel, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, describes the mind as a process that regulates the flow of energy and information. The mind monitors and modifies, he explains. "It's a verb, not a noun."
Regarding the nature of evidence, I like Ken Wilber's book "Eye to Eye." wherein he examines three realms of knowledge: the empirical, the rational, and the contemplative. I recommend it regarding this topic.
browser111.... you, my man, are greatly uninformed about what Buddhism "is" ..... It is 98% a science of development of, direct experinece of, ones own mind. Science. The kind of science we need badly now..... subjective science that illuminates, when it is practiced sincerely with skilled guidance, one own mind. Its not an intellectual process,
We are in danger of seriously damaging one another and the ecosystem due to our minds are out of control and we are making truly crazy decisions due to our messed up minds. We need this kind of science, big time.
The "mind as regulatory process" is not science. It's just a re-construction of words for belief systems that see the mind a separate from and controlling the brain i.e., soul, etc.
Why is not the mind just our subjective experience of the chemical workings of the brain and nothing more ?
Buddhism tries to portray itself as mind science but it is really mostly a belief system. It does have a stronger internal logic than other religions but it is still a systems of belief not verifiable science.
Mindfulness mediation is valuable but lets not deceive ourselves as to what is belief and what is verifiable.
Mind shmind. So far, no substance. He's not saying anything new.
Read "Biology of Belief" or "The Wisdom of Your Cells" by Dr. Bruce Lipton if you want to hear about where/what "mind" is IN RELATION TO EVERYTHING ELSE.
MIND (and BRAIN) don't exist in a vacuum. There is context (or, its environment).
MIND regulates, but must be able to read and respond appropriately (to its environment) -- otherwise, it is doomed to allowing dis-ease and will not survive.