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Beginners Wanted

by Roz Hertzmark

Mark Barnett, who from the earliest days of classes at Senior University (now OLLI) brought learning and insights to the many classes he taught, will be embarking on a three-term series on psychology starting this spring.
The instructor’s description of his course content was influenced by the American philosopher and psychologist Ken Wilber. He states in his book, Integral Vision, “During the last 30 years, we have witnessed a historical first. . . . Knowledge itself is now global. . . . for the first time, the sum total of human knowledge is available to us––the knowledge, experience, wisdom, and reflection of all major human civilizations . . . . ” How can anyone make this claim? How is such knowledge possible? What does such study entail? These questions are what this new three-term series will explore.
In the first session of History of Psychology (spring), Mark will present the historical beginnings of psychology and how it became a separate scientific discipline emerging from philosophy. The class will look at both Freud’s and Jung’s analysis of the human psyche or consciousness. The second session (summer 2015) will focus on Carl Jung and how Depth Psychology and Humanistic Psychology merged to produce the Transpersonal Psychology of Maslow and Grof. The third session (fall 2015) will examine the merger of these disciplines (including biology, physics and philosophy) to culminate in what is now referred to as Integral Studies or Integral Science.
Learn more about this trend that is fast becoming the wave of the future. This long-term study of the evolution of the field of psychology should be a fascinating endeavor.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Building HS&D, Rooms 100 & 101
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5609
Phone: 562-985-8237 Fax: 562-985-8213
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