• December 10, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 12/10/2019 7:00 pm 12/10/2019 America/Los_Angeles The Science of Collective Consciousness The Science of Collective Consciousness, A Conversation with Sarah Rose Cavanagh and Zara Zimbardo California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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$10 - pre-registration
$15 - at the door
$8 - members

Hivemind is a collective consciousness in which we share consensus thoughts, emotions, and opinions; a phenomenon whereby a group of people function as if with a single mind.

Our views of the world are shaped by the stories told by our self-selected communities. Whether seeking out groups that share our tastes, our faith, our heritage, or other interests, we take comfort in defining ourselves through our social groups. But what happens when we only socialize with our chosen group, to the point that we lose the ability to connect to people who don't share our passions?

In her latest book, Hivemind: The New Science of Tribalism in Our Divided World, psychologist and emotion regulation specialist Dr. Sarah Rose Cavanagh leaves no stone unturned in her quest to understand how social technology is reshaping the way we socialize. It's not possible to turn back the clocks, and Dr. Cavanagh argues that there's no need to; instead, Dr. Cavanagh presents a fully examined and thoughtful call to cut through our online tribalism, dial back our moral panic about screens and mental health, and shore up our sense of community.

Join CIIS professor Zara Zimbardo and Dr. Cavanagh in a conversation on how communities can sync up around shared ideas, how this hive mentality is contributing to today's polarized times, and how to make sense of the dissonance around us.

Copies of Dr. Cavanagh’s book Hivemind: The New Science of Tribalism in Our Divided World will be available for sale at this event.

Dr. Sarah Rose Cavanagh

Dr. Sarah Rose Cavanagh is a psychologist, professor, writer, and Associate Director for grants and research for the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College. Dr. Cavanagh research focuses on affective science, specifically emotion regulation and mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Cavanagh is the author of The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion, and she's been contributed to publications like Motherboard and Darling Magazine. She lives in Massachusetts.

Zara Zimbardo

Zara Zimbardo is an Interdisciplinary Studies faculty in the BA Completion and MFA programs at CIIS. Zara is a presenter and published writer on topics of the social construction of whiteness, critical media literacy, Islamophobia, subversion of stereotypes in a time of war, social justice comedy, modern monsters and the zombie apocalypse, and representations of gender, race, consumerism and U.S. imperialism/militarism. Zara co-founded the White Noise Collective, an anti-racist feminist training and resource organization. Zara is a co-founder and Special Projects Director of Partners for Collaborative Change, which supports organizations to become more equitable through democratizing research planning and design, and through anti-oppression facilitation and coaching. Click here to learn more about Zara’s work. 


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