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Mindlab—In Praise of Distraction

  • Westergasfabriek Villa 4 Haarlemmerweg Amsterdam, NH, 1014 BE Netherlands (map)
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We spend almost half our waking life in a state of distraction so let's get to know this aspect of ourselves.

In this interactive workshop, we will learn more about the phenomenon of mind-wandering and try some simple experiments using the portable laboratory of our own mind and experience for ourselves how meditation can help us to work with our distraction and make friends with our wandering mind. 

We will also hear from Marieke how difficult it is to teach computers to be distracted and how AI improves by learning to get distracted.

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Marieke van Vugt PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen.

Marieke's research is focused on getting to the root of when, why and how our mind wanders. Davide Piai is passionate about using mindfulness-based training to help reduce unnecessary suffering. He has studied contemplative practices for 20 years, spending five years at a traditional Buddhist philosophy college in Nepal, as well as time in long practice retreats.

Earlier Event: September 8
Women's Circle
Later Event: October 9
Women's Circle