Course at a Glance

September 25 to October 9
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC)

Making Sense of Current Events: A Psychological Exploration


With David Marshak

Psychological research in the last 60 years has provided clear evidence that just as children and teens move through various stages of cognitive development, this process of development can continue in adults. One way to understand this variation is to see that humans centered at different stages of adult development literally perceive and conceive of the world differently. For example, "religious fundamentalists" live within a profoundly different consciousness than humans who are centered on rationality as the dominant human means to knowledge. In this course, we will first explore these stages of adult development and then apply the insights that come from this tool for the purpose of making better sense of current political and social events. For example, why is there a wave of renewed nationalism moving through the West? What is the likely future of one-party rule in China? What is likely to happen in the U.S. as Millennials become the largest sector of the adult population? The course will draw on publications from Steve McIntosh, Jenny Wade, Robert Kegan, and Paul Ray.

Wed., Sept. 25-Oct. 9 • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC)

$60 • Class #: 43887

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David Marshak

David Marshak

David Marshak was the Founding President of the Graduate Institute for Transformative Learning (formerly the SelfDesign Graduate Institute). He taught at Seattle University for many years. David is the author of six books, including Evolutionary Parenting and Kids Need the Same Teacher for More than One Year.