Kentucky Author Forum Presents
Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Interviewer – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
Robert Wright—one of the nation’s foremost public intellectuals and an expert on evolutionary psychology— has produced a deeply personal exploration of how natural selection has inclined us toward delusion and unhappiness, anxiety, depression, anger, and greed. And, in addition to making us unhappy, our delusions foster conflict, whether along national, religious, or—increasingly—ideological lines.
Wright shows us a way out of this trap with his “joyful and insightful book [that] is both entertaining and informative” (Publishers Weekly). Buddhism declared thousands of years ago what scientists are only now discovering: that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly, and that there are specific and practical steps we can take to see things as they really are. Buddhism diagnoses our human predicament—and offers a cure. And this cure offers clarity of vision which includes a clarity of moral vision, helping us find happiness and enriching our relationships with other human beings. Robert Wright is also the author of The Evolution of God, Nonzero and The Moral Animal.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is also the founding director of the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic at the Center for Mindfulness and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world. He is the author of a number of books, including Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, and Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.