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Saybrook Student Denita Benyshek Submits Request for Submissions to an Anthology on Myth and Theater

06/27/2011
Dear Remarkable Friends, I am forwarding to you a request for submissions for an anthology on myth and theatre. This is broadly defined and can include shamanism. Not only open to scholarly academic papers but also to submissions of art, poetry, etc. You can see examples of previous articles at http://sites.google.com/site/mythandtheatre Good luck! Denita M. Benyshek Faculty - University...

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Saybrook Alumna Dana Klisanin, PhD '03 Requests Your Help with a Survey for Information She Will Use At This Year's APA Convention

06/26/2011
Dear Fellow Saybrookians, I am trying to collect information about the characteristics of people who "actively use the Internet to help other people, animals, or the environment" --- aka cyberheroes [You might be surprised that you actually do qualify for this survey, when you see the questions. I suggest you give it a try. - George Aiken - Saybrook Director of Alumni Affairs] In an attempt to...

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Saybrook Alumna Dana Klisanin, PhD '03 Presents Transformative Media's Next Evolution at Institute of Noetic Science in Sonoma County, CA

06/26/2011
Saybrook Alumna Dana Klisanin, PhD '03 Presents Transformative Media's Next Evolution at Institute of Noetic Science in Sonoma County, CA Institute of Noetic Sciences July 20-24) http://www.noetic.org/conference/program/transformative-media/ Dana Klisanin, PhD, is founder and executive director of the Evolutionary Guidance Media Research & Design Group. A pioneer in conscious media...

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Video available of Saybrook Faculty Member Dr. Ruth Richards' Ahimsa Talk on Empathy

06/26/2011
From Saybrook Executive Faculty member, Dr. Ruth Richards: This is a talk I gave on 5-17-11 for AHIMSA: AGE OF EMPATHY? NEW VIEWS OF HEALTH, HUMAN NATURE, AND RELATIONAL CREATIVITY. Empathy is an essential yet often unsung human quality --creative, connecting, powerful. We consider its vital role for humans individually and together, for our health, our progress, our development. And...

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Saybrook Alumnus Kirk Schneider, PhD '84 Presents Awakening to Awe at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

06/26/2011
Awakening to Awe Dr. Kirk J. Schneider - Saybrook PhD '84 Humanist Psychologist and author of Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation Sunday, July 31, 2011 Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture 53 Prospect Park West at 2nd St. Dr. Schneider will offer a morning presentation for the general public and an afternoon workshop for clergy, counselors, and therapists. 11am-12:...

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Saybrook Alumna Myrna Araneta, PhD '09 Presents Exploring the Ancient Designs of Labyrinths and Mazes at PATHWAY TO TRANSFORMATION Conference

06/26/2011
Exploring the Ancient Designs of Labyrinths and Mazes By Saybrook Alumna Myrna Araneta, Ph.D. '09 http://www.myrnaaranetaphd.com/ PATHWAY TO TRANSFORMATION - A Healing Journey for Women Leaders, Managers and Entrepreneurs Ready to Thrive and Prosper NOW! Sunday, July 24, 9:30 - 4:30pm Oakland, CA Advance Registration Required. For more information, please see: http://www.thewrightresort...

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Position Open for Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in San Diego County

06/24/2011
This could be an excellent job opportunity for one of our alumni. Alumnus Mark Malay sent this notice: The county of San Diego is hiring for a licensed mental health practitioner (PSY, LMFT, LCSW). It is where I work as well. The position posted either Friday or today. http://agency.governmentjobs.com/sdcounty/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=323268&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1...

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Saybrook Alumnus and OS Pioneer Jeff Stamps, PhD '80 Recently Passes

06/23/2011
The following is a beautiful obit from the Boston Globe about Alumnus Jeff Stamps, PhD '80: http://articles.boston.com/2011-06-15/bostonglobe/29661835_1_networks-books-virtual-teams This is an iterview with Jeff printed in the November 2010 HOMEPAGE Newsletter: http://www.saybrook.edu/sites/default/files/alumni/news/interview_stamps_lipnack.pdf Both of these articles are well worth your time...

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Does our "work self" need therapy too?

06/20/2011

Anybody who's had to work for a living knows that we have a "work self" that is noticeably different from who we are outside of work. 

Maybe we're more guarded, or more serious;  maybe there are important parts of our lives we don't talk about. 

At Rethinking Complexity, Dennis Rebelo has an interesting post asking about the stories we tell ourselves about who we are at the office.  It's a great piece, work a read.  It also raises the question:  how do we integrate our work selves with who we are the rest of the time?  Do we like it's a seperate person?  Or a costuem?  Or a side of ourselves? 

How do we navigate our professional obligations while maintaining personal integrity?

If you have some thoughts or advice, leave them in the comments section below.

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Neuroscience is starting to sound suspiciously like the 21st century's version of phrenology

06/17/2011

Phrenology1 You know a scientific field has turned into a scientific fad when it says it’s changed EVERYTHING. 

Real scientific breakthroughs of that scope don’t have to announce themselves.  Fake ones do, because evolutionary psychology never produced a lightbulb and “artificial intelligence” never built a car.  They certainly made advances, they contributed, but the wild claims that they would change everything about human society were the lonely mating call of scientists out on a limb.

If your ears are open, you can hear neurobiology making that same sound. 

In this month’s Atlantic, neuroscientist David Eagleman is crowing about the way his field is going to forever change the criminal justice system. Apparently it has proven … or is on the verge of proving … or probably will eventually prove … or could in theory at some point arguably argue … that there is no free will, only differences in biology. 

Eventually, at some point, probably, possibly, maybe … let’s hypothesize … this will have a huge impact on the way we assign blame in criminal cases.

The fact that it hasn’t done so yet is merely an accident of timing.  Science, Eagleman tells us, will come through:  We’ll get those flying cars eventually.  We always have. 

The trouble is that the case he builds is based on two premises – one of which is indisputably true, and one of which is horrifically wrong. 

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