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    Where has the Western attraction to the study and practice of shamanic techniques brought us? Where might it take us? In what ways have our Western biases and philosophical underpinnings influenced and changed how shamanism is practiced, both in the West and in the traditional cultures out of which they emerged? Is it time to stop using the umbrella term “shamanism” to refer to such diverse cross-cultural practices? What are our responsibilities, both as researchers and as spiritual seekers? In …Read more
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    What are the ethical obligations of a researcher who wishes to study another culture's ceremonial practices, in particular those of the Native American Church (NAC)? What promise do peyote and the NAC peyote ceremony show for the treatment of alcoholism amongst NAC members? How does one approach the philosophical issues regarding “consciousness” within the context of such a study? In this interview, Dr. John Halpern, M.D., discusses how the fields of medicine and anthropology converged and infor…Read more
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    For anyone who’s ever had the desire to look at the world through the eyes of our indigenous ancestors, here is a unique opportunity. Traveling between the Worlds is a treasure trove of insight and exploration into the ancient spiritual wisdom of such diverse cultures as Ireland, Africa, and the Americas. The keeper of this wisdom is the shaman—a man or woman who can, at will, enter into altered states of consciousness in order to acquire extrasensory knowledge and healing power. In this impor…Read more
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    The question of what human consciousness “is,” how it “works,” and what it “does” is currently being approached by myriad fields of study, each with their own particular goals and research techniques. But despite the undeniably complex nature of this enigmatic phenomenon, the prevailing scientific and institutional paradigm seems to imply that only quantitative, experimentally focused approaches are a worthy means of illuminating “truth” about human consciousness. In this paper, I begin by borr…Read more
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    One of the most well-known and defining characteristics of indigenous Andean thought is its adherence to a “complementary dualism” in which the “opposites” of existence are viewed as interdependent parts of a harmonious whole. This is in many ways in stark contrast to Western philosophical models, which have historically tended towards an “antagonistic dualism,” the view that the opposites are engaged in an eternal struggle for dominance. This paper considers how a culture’s relationship to the …Read more
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    Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World: Complementary Dualism in Modern Peru (edited book)
    University of New Mexico Press. 2012.
    When psychological anthropologist Dr. Hillary Webb went to Peru to study the Andean concept of yanantin or “complementary opposites,” she arrived with the intent to use a traditional ethnographic approach in which she would attempt to understand how this remarkable philosophical perspective is lived by the indigenous Peruvians themselves. But when she asked a young shaman named Amado to explain yanantin, she was given an answer that would not only change the way she viewed the research process, …Read more
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