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David C. Borsos, Ph.D.

David C. Borsos is interested in introducing Alice A. Bailey’s esoteric philosophy, especially as presented in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, into academic discourse and transpersonal studies. He earned an MA in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University in 1994 and his PhD in Integral Studies with a Concentration in Learning and Change in Human Systems at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012. His dissertation reconstructed Jurgen Habermas’ theory of communicative rationality from the perspective of Bailey’s esoteric philosophy. dborsos2

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Bruce Ellis Benson

Dr. Bruce Ellis Benson is Senior Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews, where he is funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. Prior to that, he has taught and engaged in research at four institutions that cross the religious spectrum: Loyola Marymount University, Wheaton College (IL), the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Union Theological Seminary (NYC). His work is largely dependent upon his training as a phenomenologist in the tradition of Husserl, Heidegger, and Gadamer (with whom he studied). In its most basic form, phenomenology is the study of human consciousness. Benson’s work so far has primarily focused on religious and musical consciousness. He is the author or editor of thirteen books. In Graven Ideologies: Nietzsche, Derrida and Marion on Modern Idolatry (IVP), he considers the phenomenon of idolatry. The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue: A Phenomenology of Music (Cambridge) is concerned with the improvisational interplay of composing and performing. In Pious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian Faith (Indiana), Benson argues that Nietzsche moves from Christian Pietism to Dionysian Pietism, retaining the exact same German pietistic structure but changing its content. Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship (Baker Academic) is an exposition of the deep liturgical structure of human consciousness and how that structure manifests itself in everyday life and in Christian worship. In The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction (Bloomsbury), Benson and co-author Aaron Simmons consider how later phenomenologists (such as Levinas, Derrida, Chrétien, and Henry) have expanded the study of human consciousness in such a way that ethical and religious themes are fundamental to human existence. His edited books include: Evil, Fallenness, Finitude (Palgrave) and Transforming Philosophy and Religion: Love’s Wisdom (Indiana). His work on music and improvisation includes: 1) “Improvisation” in The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy (forthcoming 2019), “In the Beginning, There Was Improvisation” in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016), and “Phenomenology of Religion” in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music. He has published over 100 book chapters, articles, and reviews. He serves as the Executive Director of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology and Philosophy of Religion editor for Syndicate Journal. His current work is concerned with the very notion of “religion” and the divide between the “sacred” and the “secular.” On Benson’s view, “religion” is not about a set of beliefs or doctrines but a kind of consciousness of ourselves, others, and the beyond.



Jonathan Bricklin

Jonathan Bricklin Program Consultant to the New York Open Center is the the author of The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time: William James’s Reluctant Guide to Enlightenment (SUNY Press), and the Editor of Sciousness (Eirini Press).  His radical reconstructions of James have appeared in numerous journals. jonathanbriclin


Søren Brier, Ph.D.

Søren Brieris Professor in the Semiotics of Information, Cognition and Communication Sciences at the Centre for International Business Communication Studies at Copenhagen Business School, where he has been teaching philosophy of science as well as semiotics on five different communication programs. He has an MSc in biology from U. of Copenhagen, a  Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science at U. of Roskilde and a Doctor (Habil) of Philosophy at CBS. He is the founder and editor of the interdisciplinary quarterly journal Cybernetics & Human Knowing; a fellow of the American Society for Cybernetics and was awarded with The Warren McCulloch Award; member of the board of Int. Ass. For Biosemiotic Studies and its Journal Biosemiotics, as well as the scientific board of The Science of Information Institute and Foundation of Information Science and of several scientific journals. His research interest is focused on the transdisciplinary foundation for the interplay between cybernetic and systemic information science, Peircean triadic semiotics and also in its modern development as a part of biosemiotics. sb.ibc @cbs.d

John Briggs, PhD (aesthetics and psychology)

John Briggs has authored and co-authored several books on chaos, fractals and creativity, including Fire in the Crucible (St. Martin’s Press), Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos (Simon & Schuster) Looking Glass Universe (Simon & Schuster) and Turbulent Mirror (Harper-Collins). Prof. Briggs was the editor of a 2012 collection of essays, Creativity & Compassion, How They Come Together (Karuna Publications). He is the former senior editor of Connecticut Review. He is a fine art photographer. His fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous publications. His collection of stories, Trickster Tales, appeared with Fine Tooth Press in 2005. His most recent book is a collection of photographs, Curtains: Windows on the Unreality We Live In (Between Lines Books, 2015). Briggs is an emeritus Distinguished CSU Professor  of aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University and a Fellow at the Black Earth Institute. betweenlinesbooksandarts


Thomas Brophy

Thomas Brophy is Executive Dean and Integral Health and Sciences Director at California Institute for Human Science, teaching Integral Theory, and forefront issues of mind-body cosmology. He earned a Ph.D. in physics at University of Colorado, Boulder, working with LASP (Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics) and NASA interplanetary spacecraft projects, and was a National Science Foundation exchange scientist to the Japan Space Program, University of Tokyo. Through partnership with Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, founder of CIHS, he has developed science-consciousness integrative research and teaching programs. He has published peer reviewed scientific articles in premier journals, been a featured presenter at scientific conferences, and Integral  spirituality meetings around the world. tgbrophy


Richard Brown

Richard Brown is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Program at LaGuardia Community College. He is also a member of the NYU Project on Space, Time and Consciousness. This is a five-year project sponsored by the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Studied, directed by David Chalmers. Brown earned his PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Cognitive Science from the Graduate Center in 2008. His work is focused on the philosophy of mind, consciousness studies, and the foundations of cognitive science. faculty.lagcc.cuny .edu/rbrown/. onemorebrown

Robin S. Brown, Ph.D.

Robin S. Brown is a psychoanalyst, and a member of adjunct faculty for the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. His academic work has been published widely and spans the disciplines of psychoanalysis, Jungian psychology, and transpersonal studies. He is the author of Psychoanalysis Beyond the End of Metaphysics: Thinking Towards the Post-Relational (Routledge, 2017), and the editor of Re-Encountering Jung: Analytical Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis (currently in production). robin_s_brown


Richard Buck

Richard Buck retired in 2002 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a 30-year career managing disaster relief in U.S. States and Territories. He has been on the adjunct facilities of Villanova University and the University of Delaware, specializing in natural hazards and disaster relief management. He holds degrees from San Diego State, Stanford, and Villanova Universities, and has taken graduate courses at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His current scholarly interest is the religious and philosophical basis for the formation of liberating human relationships. rbuck

Mali Burgess, Ph.D.

Mali Burgess is a faculty member at California Institute for Human Science, Self-Design Graduate Institute, Energy Medicine University, International University of Professional Studies, and consultant for Iris Institute. Her works as a visual artist have been shown and awarded internationally. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and Ph.D. from Union Institute and University. She is the author of digital and limited-edition publications. mali


Joanne Burtch

Joanne Burtch is a Ph.D. student in Transformative Studies with a concentration in Consciousness Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her current research interest is the relationship between transpersonal psychology, religious philosophy, and theories of consciousness. A long-time student and practitioner of shamanism and of Zen, she is also an 18-year veteran of the corporate business world. Her MA is in Whole Systems Design (a transdisciplinary degree in systems theory, design philosophy, and leadership). joanne

Etzel Cardeña, Ph.D.

Etzel Cardeña holds the endowed Thorsen Chair on parapsychology and hypnosis at Lund University in Sweden. Born and raised in México, he did postgraduate work in Canada, and the United States, where he got his PhD in psychology from UC Davis under Charles Tart, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford under David Spiegel. Etzel has been faculty at, among others, Georgetown University and The University of Texas-Pan American, where he was Department Chair and Director of the Graduate Program. He was elected President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Division 30 of the American Psychological Association, and the Parapsychological Association. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Studies, his main areas of interest include research on anomalous experiences (including potential psi phenomena), hypnosis (neurophenomenology of spontaneous hypnotic phenomena, hypnotic typology, cultural aspects, personality correlates, hypnosis for posttraumatic conditions, hypnosis and psi), and dissociative and acute posttraumatic disorders. Etzel’s teaching, empirical, and theoretical work has garnered multiple awards from five different organizations and he has been a consultant to the DSM-IV and the DSM-5. His close to 300 publications include Varieties of Anomalous Experience published by APA and now in its second edition, and the two-volumes Altering Consciousness: A multidisciplinary perspective. Etzel is co-editing a follow-up to the classical Handbook of Parapsychology. He also works in theatre and is the Artistic Director of the International Theatre of Malmö. etzel.cardena


Herb Caron, Ph.D.

Herb Caron was in the US Army, 1943 to 1946: Pacific theatre, Okinawa, and Korean occupation of 1945. He Returned for graduate studies in Harvard’s Dept of Social Relations, 1946-1952 (Ph.D. 1953) with focus on social psychology (with Gordon Allport and Daniel Levinson), cultural anthropology (Gregory Bateson and Clyde Kluckhohn), and the behavioral studies of BF Skinner. Human evolution and “the beginnings of consciousness” have been his central dedication for the past 15 years, consolidating his central break with Skinner’s work. Most of his life has been in Cleveland, doing research on “patients’ behavior”, compliance with medical regimens, emotional and neural factors in asymmetries of facial expression, clinical studies of crises, and the supervision of dissertation students at Case-Western Reserve U, and teaching two courses per year for 22 years, mostly graduate courses in psychology. In more recent years, he has added clinical work and research, developing or perfecting techniques for improving lives of neurotically handicapped adults, including flooding for anxiety (along with T. Stampfl’s “implosive methods”), teaching quick and effective methods for relaxation, and methods for enhancing sleep and combating insomnia. herbcaron .com/. hcaron@cox.n

Steven M. Carpenter

Dr. Steven M. Carpenter is a Director and former Vice President with more than 30 years of experience in the energy, environmental, mining, international, and federal contracting industry. He is an internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert for climate change, carbon, and risk management issues. Dr. Carpenter’s clientele include EPA, DOE, DOD, USACE, USAID, USTDA, the International Performance Assessment Centre for Geologic Storage of CO2 (IPAC-CO2), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), International Standards Organization (ISO), the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), the Energy Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), the World Bank/International Finance Corporation, and the Countries of Canada, China, Malawi, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, and Turkey. His work includes technical assessment/ expertise, public policy and legal/regulatory issues, training/education, and is a highly sought after public speaker. Dr. Carpenter can be reached at +1-513-460-0360, at steve or at