A Sceptic’s Guide to Mindfulness with Dr Ash Ranpura

Dr Ash Ranpura

Ebenezer Presents is delighted to welcome brilliant neurologist, Dr Ash Ranpura for this inaugural lecture in our new autumn season. It is based on the new smash hit bestseller, How To Be Human: The Manual which Ash has co-written with Ruby Wax and a buddhist monk.

Meditation, or ‘mindfulness,’ seems to be the hippest trend going, the darling of the celebrity A-List, the corporate world’s favourite new management strategy, and the government’s best solution for struggling schools. But is meditation really the cognitive panacea that its ardent apostles believe it to be?

Join Dr. Ranpura for a Sceptic’s Guide to Mindfulness. We will look at what really happens in the brain during meditative states, and whether these brain changes mean anything significant about our mental lives. Then we’ll ask whether meditation really achieves the practical results that its proponents claim. Finally, we will look at how (and whether) to incorporate meditative practices into our own lives.

Dr Ash Ranpura

Ash is a neuroscientist and clinical neurologist who has been active in brain research for over 25 years.

Ash's wonderful, witty and enlightening explanations of what is really going on in our brains have been smash hits at Ebenezer Presents; we’ve had “The Neurochemistry of Love” and “Nightmares: A Neuro-scientist’s Guide”.

He received his bachelor's degree from Yale University, his M.D. from the Medical College of Ohio, carried out his Ph.D. research at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in Queen Square, London, and completed his residency in clinical neurology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a sought-after public speaker, addressing audiences ranging from the American Medical Association to the British Army, and has been a writer and a host on radio programmes including National Public Radio’s “Science Friday” and Audible's “Wellness 101” series. He lives in Somerset with his wife, the novelist Susan Elderkin, and their son.

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