The Ernest Becker Foundation
The EBF has active members in North America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, and Oceania. Every year, giving this widespread membership the chance to get to know each other face-to-face, we organize an October Seattle fall conference (from 1995 to 2004 called the LOV — for Love of Violence, and since 2007, UVTEC — for Understanding Violence: Tools for Educators and Communities).
We also sponsor smaller events, symposia, workshops, salons, and lectures to expand the discussion and advance the application of Becker’s synthesis. Write-ups of past events and promotions for upcoming events, when available, can be accessed through the links provided.
Unless otherwise noted, all prior events took place in Seattle.
Philip Nicholson in Seattle March 16
M.S.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health
Author of Meditation and Light Visions: A Neurological Analysis, 2010
Will speak on:
"The World's Next Savior: Does the Past Predict the Future?"
In the Parlor, Seattle First Baptist Church
Sunday March 16, 1 p.m.
A box lunch will be served for $5 in the parlor after the morning church service, which runs from 11 to noon.
Please call Neil at 206-232-2994
Becker on Otto Rank
"Rank goes so far as to say that the 'need for a truly religious ideology is inherent in human nature and its fulfillment is basic to any kind of social life.' Only in this way, says Rank, only by surrendering to the bigness of nature on the highest, least-fetishized level, can man conquer death. In other words, the true heroic validation or one's life, lies beyond sex, beyond the other, beyond the private religion-all these are makeshifts that pull man down or that hem him in, leaving him torn with ambiguity."
-From Denial of Death, Chapter 8
more on Otto Rank here