Ted Slingerland

Trying Not to Try

Ted Slingerland

Talk: Trying Not to Try

Edward Slingerland was a 2015-16 CASBS fellow. He is professor of Asian studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he also holds adjunct appointments in philosophy and psychology. With the paradox of wu-wei, Chinese thinkers anticipated aspects of modern neuroscience more than two millennia ago. Slingerland discusses wu-wei’s contemporary relevance to creativity, trust, virtue, and the future of human cooperation. Watch as he walks you through his fascinating, ambitious research about body & mind, science & instinct, and how historical knowledge can benefit our present and future in very practical ways.

Ted Slingerland

Ted is a Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. His research specialties and teaching interests include Warring States Chinese thought, religious studies, cognitive linguistics, ethics, evolutionary psychology, the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences,

Trying Not to Try

A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity—an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand—and why it is so essential to our well-being.

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