In my professional life I have been asked many times the simple
question: What is transpersonal psychology, counselling or psychotherapy?
The answer is straightforward: it is a broad transcultural theory of
human nature that posits that human beings are more than physical and
psychological beings, with some form of spirituality being a reasonable
bet. Oh, and by the way, it is also a discrete field of study that could be
conceived as having had about 40 years of academic recognition.
How did the mind evolve? How does the human mind differ from the minds of our ancestors, and from the minds of our nearest relatives, the apes? What are the universal features of the human mind, are why are they designed the way they are? If our minds are built by selfish genes, why are we so cooperative? Can the differences between male and female psychology be explained in evolutionary terms?
For their controversial new book on the differences between the way men and women think and communicate, Barbara and Allan Pease spent three years traveling around the world, collecting the dramatic findings of new research on the brain, investigating evolutionary biology, analyzing psychologists, studying social changes, and annoying the locals.
Research shows that sensational news stories as well as popular romance novels
often feature themes related to important topics in evolutionary psychology. In the first of
four studies described in this paper we examined the song lyrics from three Billboard
charts: Country, Pop, and R&B. A content analysis of the lyrics revealed 18 reproductive
themes that read like an outline for a course in evolutionary psychology. Approximately
92% of the 174 songs that made it into the Top Ten in 2009 contained one or more
reproductive messages, with an average of 10.49 reproductive...
Cognition encompasses the scientific study of the human mind and how it
processes information; it focuses on one of the most difficult of all mysteries
that humans have addressed. The mind is an enormously complex system
holding a unique position in science: by necessity, we must use the mind to
study itself, and so the focus of study and the instrument used for study are
recursively linked. The sheer tenacity of human curiosity has in our own lifetimes
brought answers to many of the most challenging scientific questions we
have had the ambition to ask.
now is the time for all partners to join forces in a
concerted effort. this means scaling up and prioritizing
a package of high-impact interventions, strengthening
health systems, and integrating efforts across diseases
and sectors such as health, education, water, sanitation
and nutrition. It also means promoting human rights,
gender equality and poverty reduction.
all actors should work to optimize current investments.
Birgitte Andersen is Reader in the Economics and Management of
Innovation in the School of Management and Organizational Psychology,
Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, where she is also Director of
E-business Programmes (since October 2000). She has a PhD in Economics.
Her research profile includes evolutionary economics and industrial
dynamics with respect to innovation and institutions, and the economics
and management of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).
TOWARD A GREATER AWARENESS OF THE PRIVILEGE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO be the
human animal is what this book is about. To me, it is a wild and ethical imperative—an urgent reminder
that we are inextricably linked to the land; that the history of every living creature is within us; that we
are above all a mindful, poetic species and that we are the “keepers of our zoo.” If we cannot accept
this then we will continue to be the creatures of our own undoing.