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Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence


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John D. Dunne holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, a recently endowed position in the Center for Healthy Minds and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He attended Amherst College and in 1999 received his PhD in Sanskrit and Tibetan studies from Harvard University. Before being appointed in his current position, John was a professor at Emory University, where he helped to establish the Collaborative for Contemplative Studies (now the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics). He also previously held research positions at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. He is a fellow and former member of the Board of the Mind and Life Institute. His academic work includes teaching and advising for the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal. He frequently serves as a translator for Tibetan scholars, and as a consultant, he is involved in various scientific studies of contemplative practices.

Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and science journalist, and a cofounder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Dan attended Amherst College and received his doctorate in psychology from Harvard University, where he later was a visiting lecturer. A science journalist, he covered the brain and behavioral sciences for the New York Times for many years. Dan is the author of more than a dozen books, including the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and he is the coauthor of Primal Leadership. He has moderated several Mind and Life meetings with the Dalai Lama and was editor of the proceedings of two: Healing Emotions: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama (Shambhala, 1996) and Destructive Emotions: How Can We Overcome Them? (Bantam Books, 2003). To honor the eightieth birthday of the Dalai Lama, Dan wrote A Force for Good: The Dalai Lamas's Vision for Our World (Bantam Books, 2015).


"John Dunne and Daniel Goleman have assembled a set of refreshingly new and vibrant conversations between scientists, ethicists, and spiritual leaders on core climate change issues. The reader feels invited to a Jeffersonian dinner-table conversation, engaging with approachable, knowledgeable experts who elevate the human, ethical, social, and personal dimensions that are often lost in more technical works. His Holiness the Dalai Lama regularly punctuates the conversation with penetrating yet disarmingly simple observations that draw focus to the real human and spiritual dimensions of a world in transition."

--Peter B. de Menocal, dean of science, Columbia University

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