Preeminent Scientists & Scholars to Explore the Nature of Human Experience at Being Human 2013

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Some of the brightest minds from a variety of diverse scientific disciplines will share their latest insights, pique curiosities, and provide a sense of connection and understanding of our common humanity at Being Human 2013 on Saturday, September 28 in San Francisco’s Nourse Theater.

The biological underpinnings of ethical behavior, the function of emotions, the role of love and sex in human relations, and what lies ahead for humankind will all be explored at the second annual Being Human event presented by the Baumann Foundation, and co-sponsored by KQED, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Long Now Foundation.

“The experience of being human can be confusing,” said Peter Baumann, founder of the Baumann Foundation. “Science provides powerful new ways to look at ourselves and the world, and gives us a more comprehensive view of human nature. We aim to foster greater understanding of what it means to be human and catalyze a robust public dialog.”

Being Human 2103 will feature:

  •     Leading researchers from Stanford, Harvard and Princeton exploring the biological and psychological underpinnings driving the evolution of ethics in “The Biology and Psychology of Ethical Behavior”
  •     Accomplished researchers in the field of human behavior discussing “Human Emotions,” including why we’ve needed them in the past and their function now
  •     A panel of experts in human evolution and sexual anthropology sharing insights about two of the most powerful forces on earth: “Love & Sex”
  •     A prescient neuroscientist, an integrative philosopher, and 21st century information designer examining “The Future of Being Human”
  •     Live performances by dubstep sensation Marquese Scott and piano iconoclast ELEW.

“We’ve invited an incredible line up of some of today’s most enlightened scientists, thinkers, and extraordinary performance artists to expand our perspective of what humans are capable of. We welcome anyone who wants to elevate their understanding of what it means to be human to join us for a stimulating and thought-provoking day,” added Baumann.

Tickets to Being Human 2013 and more information are available at

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Being Human is an initiative of The Baumann Foundation that fosters an ongoing exploration into the nature of human experience from an evolutionary, scientific and philosophical perspective. For more information visit

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