The harmony of science and religion: Bias, diversity and the brain

The field of neuroscience can help explain mankind's innate struggle to mitigate bias and embrace diversity, but by understanding the brain mechanisms common to all humans which drive many of our decisions and behaviors, we can start to create self-awareness of our hidden biases and understand why embracing diversity is so important to the health of our society. This presentation will help the participant appreciate the link between the core principles of the Bahá’í Faith and what neuroscience has discovered around how to manage our biased brain.

  • Dan Radecki

    Dr Dan Radecki is Co-founder at the Academy of Brain-based Leadership (ABL), and also serves as Executive Director of Research and Development at AbbVie Inc., where he is a Global Leader for Neuroscience drug development programs. Dan holds a Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Biopsychology and PhD in Neuroscience. Working as a leader in the corporate world allows Dan the unique perspective on how our knowledge of brain functioning can aid leaders in maximizing their results as well as the results of their teams. With this unique perspective from roles in both the leadership and neuroscientific world, in 2009 Dan created the content for the educational arm of the NeuroLeadership Institute and served as the lead professor and advisor for the Master of Science program in the Neuroscience of Leadership. This was the first university-accredited program ever developed to incorporate cutting edge neuroscience research into an optimal model of leadership. In the following 12 years, Dan has taught thousands of leaders in 50 countries, on the neuroscientific underpinnings of effective leadership. Over the years, Dan has realized the wide-ranging applications for a brain-based leadership approach and has a passion for bringing this information to children and teens. He has seen the positive impact that this self-awareness can have on youth in areas such as bullying, academic achievement, social relationships and emotional regulation, and envisions a day when this curriculum becomes mainstream in our schools. Dan co-authored the book “Psychological Safety: Managing the Hidden Drivers of Individual Behavior and Team Success.” He has been guest editor on a special issue for the Journal of Consulting Psychology, written numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, been published in the Harvard Business Review, delivered a TEDx keynote, and has lectured internationally on topics such as the neuroscience of resilience, bias, creativity, leadership wisdom, the aging brain, the biology of collaboration and the impact of stress on the brain.


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The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.