Michael Penn, “Mind & Development: Some Baha’i-Inspired Reflections on Mind and the Harvests of Human Thought”

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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  • The Baha’i writings suggest that the human mind is the most sensitive signal detection system in the natural world. Its capacity to read reality and to discover its many mysteries is the source of human power and freedom. Yet, because the mind is also a “sign of God, a heavenly gem,” it is forever incapable of cracking the mystery of its own self. According to the Baha’i Faith, the role of science and religion is to endow the mind with the capacity to recognize its powers and limitations and to enable minds that learn to work together to harvest the finest fruits of existence. In this webinar we will explore these themes.


    Michael Penn is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College.  He lectures in the Biological Foundations of Behavior and the Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind Programs, and has been invited to serve as a consultant and speaker at United Nations-related conferences in several countries.  Michael also serves as faculty for the United Nations Staff College in Turin, Italy, and as a trainer for the UN Leader’s Programme.  In 2004 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Administration by Governor Edward Rendell and served on that board for three years. Michael currently serves on the Boards of the Authenticity Institute and the Tahirih Justice Center in Washington, D.C.  He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1986, is a former Ford Foundation Fellow, a former Aspen Institute Fellow, and is the recipient of several academic awards, including the Solomon Wank Memorial Peace and Human Rights Research Award and the John Russwurm Award for Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania.

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