Raison d’etre (Background)
Back in the 1990s my vision had deteriorated to the point where I could no longer work as a Certified Public Accountant. So I returned to university to acquire an MA in Psychology and to work as a mental health counselor. Being a fan of Victor Frankl and other existential authors, my plan was to acquire a BA in Fine Arts from Fairhaven College of Western Washington University. After that I would acquire an MA in Psychology from Seattle University (SU). The Psychology track at SU was described as Existential-Phenomenological-Therapeutic Psychology. Before my cancer diagnosis I was an Associate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and belonged to the division focusing on LGBT Studies.
The experience of being diagnosed with stomach cancer, being a resident in a hospice home waiting to die for one year, and then finding myself as a very-much-alive resident of an Adult Foster Home has been an existential journey I am led to share with my readers. Thrown into existence as a “war baby” during WWII, I am now at the other end of life, striving to put the finishing touches on the essence of my existence. Being a “religious” existentialist, I thank God for the gift of life AND I recognize the responsibility I have to live that life so that other persons are lifted up by my actions.
CONSCIOUSNESS is something that is just starting to be investigated by positivistic science. The Division of Perceptual Science at the University of Virginia is a response by doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others to things that quantum biology MAY hold an answer to. The references below may be helpful to readers needing a bridge across the divide of classical thinking thinking to quantum thinking.
James, William: Varieties of Religious Experience (Lectures in Psychology)
Frankl, Viktor: Man’s Search for Meaning (Frankl’s time in German concentration camps and the Purpose in Life that kept him alive)
McFadden, Johnjoe and al-Khalili, Jim: Life on the Edge-The coming of the age of quantum biology (An introduction to quantum thinking that may need more than one read). All available at Amazon.com