Where is My "Self"? A Dialogue between East and West

Darryl Aiken-Afam at Online

Tue, Mar 23 at 6 p.m.   |   60 minutes
Olios: Drop-in classes led by professors

Eastern and Western philosophers Darryl and Jeanne, will meet for the first time to discuss how consciousness, awareness, personal identity and agency can be explored and understood in radically different ways. They'll discuss concepts like self-care, narcissism, and personal identity during this hour long forum and leave plenty of time for audience questions.


In this edition of "A Philosopher Walks into a Bar" a format where western philosopher Jeanne Proust meets an Olio teacher from a different background for a free-flowing conversation, we have Darryl Aiken-Afam. Darryl will be dropping in to share how his background in eastern philosophy, martial arts, and cognitive psychology brings him to very different understandings of the mind-body connection we call "The Self" and he'll have a chance to chat with Jeanne who is well versed in how the great philosophers of the west have dealt with this enigma. 

During this hour long conversation, we'll dive into the following topics while also leaving ample time for audience questions: 

What is the relationship between identity and self?
What is most essential to what I call "myself"?
What makes me an individual - different from, but also somehow similar to others?
Isn't the obsession with self-care indicative of modern narcissism?

What is the relationship between soul or mind and body? And is the mind the same thing as the soul?

Darryl and Jeanne will discuss how consciousness, awareness, personal identity and agency can be explored and understood in radically different ways.

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

Darryl Aiken-Afam is CEO of AFAM Consulting and a martial artist and a practitioner of the Taoist healing and meditation arts, Meridian Cleansing Qigong, Zen Shiatsu and Taoist psychology. Darryl created his own system of Chi energy-based yoga called Meridian Touch back in 2000, derived from Chinese Tao-In exercises and blended with Zen Shiatsu, Athletic Training, and Martial Arts philosophy.


Venue: Online

Zoom link will be sent upon signup.


Add to Calendar March 23, 20216 p.m. March 23, 2021 America/New_York Think Olio | Where is My "Self"? A Dialogue between East and West Eastern and Western philosophers Darryl and Jeanne, will meet for the first time to discuss how consciousness, awareness, personal identity and agency can be explored and understood in radically different ways. They'll discuss concepts like self-care, narcissism, and personal identity during this hour long forum and leave plenty of time for audience questions. Online

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