CMAC’s Mission & Core Values

Mission

The Center for Mind and Culture (CMAC) is a non-profit research center that innovates creative solutions for urgent and complex social problems. Committed to a radically interdisciplinary, non-partisan, high-tech approach, CMAC mobilizes an international network of experts to develop and disseminate visionary insights to public and professional stakeholders.

Core Values

The Center for Mind and Culture’s core values include the following:

    • upholding the highest intellectual standards in all phases of our work
    • acting ethically toward our business partners and funding sources
    • maintaining neutrality regarding the ideological promotion or critique of healing traditions, faith communities and political outlooks
    • remaining institutionally agile and creative
    • maximizing efficiency and productivity by optimizing infrastructure and overhead

Strategy

CMAC’s mission has three strategic elements: research, training, and outreach.

Research

CMAC develops, supports, and catalyzes research initiatives into the unendingly rich nexus of mind and culture. This involves:

    • conducting research on the patterns of human behavior, belief, and experience
    • sponsoring the research efforts of others in this area
    • coordinating international projects to achieve large sample sizes & register cultural differences
    • working across multiple disciplines to produce sophisticated and sensitive interpretations


Training

CMAC provides an institutional locus for training people to learn bio-cultural methods and conduct cutting-edge research into diverse phenomena at the intersection of mind and culture. This involves:

    • providing established investigators with the necessary resources
    • sponsoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows
    • introducing undergraduate and graduate students to the numerous tasks of such research
    • establishing and nurturing affiliations with universities


Outreach

CMAC disseminates knowledge about the mind-culture nexus so as to have a positive influence on both academic scholarship and the general public. This involves:

    • creating a cadre of trained experts who can offer guidance on the ethical, medical and social implications of phenomena in the mind-culture nexus
    • producing a series of technical working papers and policy recommendations for governments, international NGOs, business ventures, health-care organizations, schools and religious groups
    • issuing press releases about new results and working with media outlets to explain the significance of research efforts for the general public
    • creating films and animations to explain salient research results
    • launching new publishing projects such as a scholarly journal and an academic book series
    • developing curriculum materials for related course work
    • sponsoring colloquia, seminars, working groups and public lectures
    • maintaining a web presence that centralizes resources for the scientific study of human life