September 2011

New Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) course

Borges, Buddhism, and Cognitive Science

Thursdays, 10:00 am–noon, September 29–November 3, 2011

Using the main principles of cognitive science, we will discuss how we bring forth worlds with our perception, interpretation, and responses, then compare them with Buddhist principles about how we can influence and change our realities. We will find these same themes in writings by Jorge Luis Borges. This course includes a lab component of self-reflection, critical inquiry, and contemplative practices to focus the mind and foster creative thinking.

Amelia Barili is the former book review editor of the Argentine newspaper La Prensa. Her journal articles and book on Jorge Luis Borges offer new understandings of his works. She teaches Borges, Buddhism, and Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley.

Register at olli.berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-9934.

OLLI courses meet in University Hall (2199 Addison Street) and other downtown Berkeley locations. See website for details.

Download the course poster here.