Alumni Programs

One Big Brain

Can Humanity Think Its Way to a Better Future?


Friday February 21, 2014
1:00 to 3:00 pm
The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center
No Cost

Is it possible that consciousness, when properly focused, can change events in the physical world? A surprising array of scientists and mathematicians line up with philosophers, theologians and sages in saying "yes." The "Noosphere" has been described as "the thinking layer of the planet" - as real as the atmosphere or biosphere. How can we create experiences that provoke human awakening to the potential of this reality? Explore with us.

When human consciousness becomes coherent and synchronized, the behavior of random systems may change... When a great event synchronizes the feelings of millions of people, ...the evidence suggests an emerging noosphere, or the unifying field of consciousness described by sages in all cultures. Excerpt from The Global Consciousness Project

About the Panelists

Craig Bartlett '81:  Craig began his animation career at Portland’s Will Vinton Studios, where he learned the art of stop-motion animation. He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to work on the Penny Cartoons for “Pee Wee's Playhouse.” He went on to create “Hey Arnold!” for Nickelodeon and “Dinosaur Train” for PBS. Although Craig’s kids, Mathias and Kathleen, were born and raised in L.A., both followed him to Evergreen. See more about Craig's work at the Hey Arnold wiki.
Joye Hardiman Member of the Faculty: B.A., Literature, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1968; Graduate studies, Literature, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1968-70; Ph.D., Applied Literary Studies and Urban Education, The Union Institute, 1986.  A brilliant conceptualist, inspirational speaker and gifted storyteller, Dr. Hardiman is a frequent keynote speaker, a sought-after workshop and conference participant and a trained improvisational artist. Her interests are travel, research, the arts, traditional and popular culture, graphic design, Africana Studies, nature and reading. She has served as a frequent consultant to the Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Washington State Historical Museum and WCIC's Youth Information Technology Conferences.
Miranda Mellis Member of the Faculty: B.A., Writing and Literature, Naropa University, 2001; M.F.A, Literary Arts Program, Fiction, Brown University, 2004.  Miranda Mellis is the author of The Quarry (Trafficker Press, 2013); The Spokes (Solid Objects, 2012); None of This Is Real (Sidebrow Press, 2012); Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2009); and The Revisionist (Calamari Press, 2007). Check out her website.
Paul Pham Member of the Faculty: B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004; M.Eng., Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005; Ph.D., Computer Science, The University of Washington, 2013.  Paul's areas of expertise are computer science, electrical engineering, creative writing.  His interests include quantum computing, games, visual design, typography, mathematics, learning, philosophy and history of science.
Bill Ransom Member of the Faculty: B.A., Sociology and English Education, University of Washington, M.A., Theory and Practice of Writing, Utah State University.  Born in Puyallup, Washington at the end of WWII to a combat veteran and a clerk, Bill worked as a farm laborer (berries and chickens), trapper, cannery worker, jet engine expeditor, roofer, framer, poet-in-the-schools, firefighter, advanced life-support medic and, late in life, professor and Dean.  This list of jobs seems typical for a person his age living in the west, and probably has defined him more than any other influence. Read Bill Ransom's author webpage.
Adam Leveen Sher '02:  M.Ed. Program Manager, Elat Chayyim Center for Creative Spirituality (ECCCS) @ Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center (IFJRC), Falls Village CT. See Adam's Twitter feed and The Evergreen Mind
Jamyang Tsultrim Member of the Faculty: Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim, founder of The Nalanda Institute in Olympia, holds an advanced traditional degree in Buddhist studies and meditation awarded after ten years of study at Sakya Monastic College in India. Lama Jamyang was a Buddhist monk for twenty years and has studied with many senior Tibetan teachers in India and Nepal. He also taught at the Sakya Institute for two years. After coming to the USA, Jamyang obtained a Master’s degree in Western psychology. He has been working as a mental health therapist and giving philosophically based Buddhist teachings for the last 15 years in the Olympia area. He is also a visiting instructor on Buddhist logic and epistemology at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is currently engaged with a major translation project on the classic Buddhist Logic and Valid Cognition.
Bret Weinstein Member of the Faculty: B.A. with Honors, Biology, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1993; Ph.D., Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009. Bret Weinstein's areas of expertise and interests relate to the field of biology, environmental studies and agriculture.  Watch Bret Weinstein's 2012 TEDx talk
Sarah Williams Member of the Faculty: B.A., Political Science, Mankato State University, 1982; M.A., Anthropology, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1985; Ph.D., History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1991. Sarah Williams's expertise is in the fields of feminist theory and consciousness studies.  Her interests encompass feminist theory, feminist studies, women's studies, cultural studies, multicultural studies, anthropology, contemplative education (yoga, meditation), somatic sudies and history of consciousness.