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What is the cultural significance in our time of “heroic” communities: that is, communities like CIIS that are consciously oriented toward a framework of values, or a vision of the good, which fundamentally challenges that of the larger mainstream society? Here we could also include such communities as the Bioneers, Esalen, Findhorn, Damanhur, Schumacher, Naropa, IONS, Jungian associations, and the like.


Richard Tarnas, PhD, teaches philosophy and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he co-founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of Western thought widely used in universities, and Cosmos and Psyche, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network. He is on the Board of Governors of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and frequently lectures both here and abroad for communities like those addressed in this talk.