"Dr. Rick Hanson presents a free seven-part video series—The Compassionate Brain—that explores effective ways to change your brain and heart and life. Each week Dr. Hanson will be joined by a world-class scholar/teacher, including Richie Davidson, Dan Siegel, Tara Brach, Dacher Keltner, Kelly McGonigal, Kristin Neff, and Jean Houston. They’ll discuss different ways to use the power of neuroplasticity—how the mind can change the brain to transform the mind—to open the heart, build courage, find compassion, forgive oneself and others, and heal the world." I feel a bit wary whenever I hear exhortations like "practical neuroscience for transformation", as if I can almost hear a chorus of drunk-on-mindfulness, exuberant exclamation points ringing in the air afterward. Nonetheless, I do find the evidence for neuroplasticity robust and compelling, and the cultivation of affective states like compassion extremely valuable. I'll be curious to see where these conversations fall along the continuum spanning ectstatic optimism and evidence-based pragmatism. The series begins tonight, Monday 8 October 2012, 8-9 PM (eastern time).