How do you live with a legacy of repression or trauma? How do we process empathy in our brains?
These are just two of the questions that Tim Phillips posed to the crowd of staff and guests here at AACA on November 17th. Phillips is the co-founder and chairman of the board of “Beyond Conflict” , a non-profit organization that has been instrumental in assisting with peaceful resolutions in countries all around the world.
Phillips spoke on his findings regarding relations between the study of neuroscience and social conflict resolution in troubled societies. He and scientist Lee-Or Karlinsky discussed new discoveries in brain mapping where they have found that the human brain experiences rejection in the same area of the brain where we experience pain. He challenged us to think about how exclusion leads to anger and hatred. After providing us with a brief history of his organization, Beyond Conflict, he gave us examples of how his organization has intervened in the conflicts in Northern Ireland, South Africa, and currently in Eastern Europe, where they are working at including the Roma people.
His talk also focused on how AACA does great work helping refugees and American born clients find a safe place where they can be accepted, included, and then excel. A brief question and answer session followed his talk and then Mr. Phillips graciously provided AACA with an autographed copy of his new book, aptly titled “Beyond Conflict.”
Since 2011, Beyond Conflict has cultivated the nascent field of the neuroscience of social conflict by disseminating new insights from neuroscience to key audiences and partnering in efforts to directly translate and apply the findings of neuroscience research to help end existing conflicts. Phillips described the process of his research on Beyond Conflict’s work with MIT’s Saxe Lab and how the research findings have been applied to the field of conflict resolution and public diplomacy.
Tim Phillips presented a signed copy of his new book “Beyond Conflict” to AACA. The book has received good reviews from experts in the field and peers. If interested in learning more his research and reading the book, please visit http://www.beyondconflictint.org/the-book/
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