Mount Sinai Health System

Transformative Change and Big Life Decisions featuring L.A. Paul

For the third event of the 2019-20 Richman and Yudell Seminar Series on Humanism and Ethcs in Medicine, we bring you L.A. Paul—author and professor of philosophical and cognitive science.

Join us in a discussion about decision theory; philosophical concepts of transformative and life-defining experiences and how these elements affect major life decisions.

The 2019-20 season is themed "Decisions in Medicine," and is sponsored by the Academy for Medicine and the Humanities and the Richman Series Planning Committee. 


Thursday, March 12 at 5:15pm to 6:30pm

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Hatch Auditorium, Guggenheim Pavilion East, Second Floor
One Gustave L. Levy Place New York, NY 10029-6574

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Alumni, Community, Faculty, Patients, Postdocs, Staff, Students, Housestaff, Health Care Professionals


Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Medical Education, Graduate Education, Postdoctoral Affairs, Continuing Medical Education (CME), Residencies, Fellowships, Social Work Continuing Education



Registration is required to attend.


L. A. Paul, Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Yale University, works on the nature of time, temporal experience, causation, decision theory, and the self.

Her recent work focuses on developing the philosophical concept of transformative experience, which concerns the nature of life-defining experiences, epistemic changes, and major life decisions.

Her work on transformative experience has been covered in major media venues such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, the LA Times Book Review, NPR, and the BBC; and explored artistically, in "The Missing Shade of You", a dance and spoken word performance by the Logos Dance Collective, performed in New York City in 2017; and in the documentary film “Comfort Zone," about extreme skiing in Scotland.

She is currently working on a bookabout self construction, trans formative experience, humility, and fear of mental corruption.