The Human Journey Blog
The Human Journey blog highlights the many aspects of human nature that impact our lives and cultures today, often without us realizing it.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment
Humor and laughter can confer all sorts of health benefits, but as Andrew Boden writes it can also be a powerful tool that opens up a wide range of perceptual experiences and insights.
Finding the Right Way Home
For most of us, designating cult behaviour is a black-or-white proposition. But as John Zada writes, the question is less often: ‘Is this, or isn’t this a cult?’—but more ‘how much cult thinking is present in any group dynamic?’
Time and Self
Our perception of time is inherently skewed by our self-centered view of life. But as Hugh McGilvery writes, while most of us may never grasp time’s true nature, there are things we can do to gain a less self-centered perspective—and which brings its own benefits.
Escaping the Either/Or Thinking Trap
Can we move beyond the common human tendency to think in largely dualistic terms? John Zada suggests that the wellbeing of our societies, and even their survival, may in part, depend on it.
Looking Up, Looking Out
David Sobel MD suggests that exploring wider contexts not only alters our perceptions, but also reframes more healthily how we regard ourselves in respect to the bigger picture.
Conditioning and the Gendered Brain
Denise Winn explores new research poking holes in our cherished understanding of male and female brains—and how we embraced those notions to begin with.
New World, Same Mind?
Decades after Ornstein and Ehrlich published ‘New World New Mind,’ arguing the need for “conscious evolution,” Andrew Boden asks if there are any indications we are heeding their call.
One Small Word
Sally Mallam writes that adopting a receptive mindset can lead to a continuum of expanding perceptions and understandings.
Meaning: The Enduring Gift to Spirit
Psychotherapist and journalist Denise Winn illustrates the importance of cultivating meaning in our lives: whether as a conduit for survival, well-being, or seeing the bigger picture.
Beyond East and West: Human Nature and World Politics
Diplomat John Bell reflects on how author Idries Shah has shaped his outlook on East and West—and the fundamental questions of human nature which transcend them.
Forest Smarts: A Part of or Apart From?
The best nature stewards, David Sobel, MD, suggests, may be those who see themselves not as intruders and interlopers, but as a crucial part of the ecosystems that they wish to protect.
How to Improve Group Decision-Making
When groups demand excessive conformity they negate some of their greatest assets: dissenting views and a diversity of perspective. John Zada argues that successful group decisions hinge upon ‘cognitive diversity.’
We Know More Than We Think We Do
Our human story proves we know much more than we think we do, but in a different way. As Sally Mallam argues, we need to reactivate and develop this faculty now.
How Deep Can a Story Go?
Canadian writer and author Andrew Boden reflects on his understanding of the function and potential of stories, and storytelling.
Lost and Found: An Encounter with the Intuitive Mind
Stanford University’s David S. Sobel, MD, recalls an how an unexpected crisis moment shifted his mental mode from one that was more linear, to more intuitive.
The Devil’s Tuning Fork
Sally Mallam suggests that our human capacity to adapt, and our extraordinary ability to connect and collaborate, are what we need to draw upon to solve the global problems we face today.
Welcome to the Human Journey Blog
We’ve created this page to bring you supplemental material related to our core website content, which looks at the current scientific knowledge about our origins, evolution, and development potential.