Two fundamental shifts have occurred in the understanding our very nature as human beings. Research in neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and other fields is converging to suggest the idea human beings are neither innately mutually and destructively competitive or separate. Rather, because we have the need for maternal care and community at the core of our existence, human beings are fundamentally compassionate at our core. The second shift is the  understanding of neuroplasticity, meaning we have the ability to change our brains by consciously and rationally practicing compassionate integrity.

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Michael Karlin is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Life University in the Positive Human Development and Social Change Department and the Associate Director of the Life University Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics. Karlin received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies from Emory University in 2014. Karlin is also a Fellow of the Tam Institute of Jewish Studies and the Mind and Life Institute. Prior to graduate school Karlin was the founder and President of the Mythic Imagination Institute, a nonprofit institution dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of myth and ritual and how it functions in daily life. Additionally, he served as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Alliance for a New Humanity, an international non-profit organization founded by two Nobel Peace Prize winners and Deepak Chopra that attempted to address pressing international issues by bridging the spheres of politics, economics, and religion.
Karlin is also an active real estate investor and was co-founder of Security First Network Bank, the world’s first Internet bank, and S1 Corporation, Inc. (NASDAQ: SONE), the world’s leading provider of financial portal solutions. He was president of Security First Network Bank at its inception, and was responsible for setting up the Internet operations, defining the original product offering.

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