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Swami Sarvapriyananda + Kevin Mitchell

Genetics Is Karma

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
7:30 PM–9:00 PM
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Is destiny hereditary? Can the ancient concept of karma help us understand genetics? Vedanta Society’s Swami Sarvapriyananda meets with leading neuroscientist and popular science blogger Kevin Mitchell to trace human diversity and individual differences to their deepest level. In his new book Innate Dr. Mitchell argues it all lies in the wiring of our brains. Will Swami Sarvapriyananda argue otherwise?


About the Speakers

Swami Sarvapriyananda is the Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York. Previously he was an Assistant Minister at the Vedanta Society of Southern California. Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission (Belur, India) in 1994 (Sannyas in 2004). Before moving to the United States in 2015 he served in various capacities: Vice Principal, Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary School; Principal, Shikshana Mandira Teacher Education College; Registrar, Vivekananda University; and Acharya (Spiritual Teacher), Monastic Probationers’ Training Centre at Belur Math. This is his second onstage appearance at the Rubin Museum.

Kevin Mitchell is associate professor of genetics and neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on understanding the genetic program specifying the wiring of the brain and its relevance to variation in human faculties, especially to psychiatric and neurological disease and to perceptual conditions like synaesthesia. A contributor to The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists, Mitchell writes the popular blog Wiring the Brain ( and is on Twitter @WiringtheBrain.

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