The Ernest Becker Foundation
The EBF has active members in North America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, and Oceania. Every year, giving this widespread membership the chance to get to know each other face-to-face, we organize an October Seattle fall conference (from 1995 to 2004 called the LOV — for Love of Violence, and since 2007, UVTEC — for Understanding Violence: Tools for Educators and Communities).
We also sponsor smaller events, symposia, workshops, salons, and lectures to expand the discussion and advance the application of Becker’s synthesis. Write-ups of past events and promotions for upcoming events, when available, can be accessed through the links provided.
Unless otherwise noted, all prior events took place in Seattle.
Kirk Schneider in Seattle November 6-7
The Polarized Mind: Humanity’s Plague and What We Can Do About It
November 6, 7 p.m.
Seattle University, Student Center rm. 160
What do a school shooter, a corporate swindler, and a bullheaded ideologue have in common? They all converge on what I call “the polarized mind.” The polarized mind, which is the fixation on one point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view, is killing us—personally, politically, and environmentally. Drawing from the standpoint of existential psychology as well as my recent book The Polarized Mind: Why Its Killing Us and What We Can Do About It, I elaborate the basis for the polarized mind, how it has ravaged leaders and their cultures down through history (up to and including our own time), and steps we urgently need to take to address the problem. These steps combine contemporary insights with centuries of cross-cultural, awe-inspired wisdom.
This event is free and open to the public. A donation basket will welcome your help. Contact the EBF for more info.
The Polarized Mind: Why It’s Killing Us and What We Can Do About It
November 7, 7 p.m.
Seattle University, Casey Commons (5th floor)
This is an SU campus event with Kirk Schneider on basically the same topic Thursday evening Nov 7 that is available to the public. With a light meal provided at 6 pm it requires a prepayment of $20. For just the lecture part of the evening, 7-9 pm, without the meal, a registration fee of $10 is required. A detailed description of the Thursday event can be found at http://eventful.com/seattle_wa/events/map-lecture-series-polarized-mind-why-its-killin-/E0-001-060562899-0
KIRK J. SCHNEIDER, Ph.D., is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. He has been editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), is vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited 10 books (seven either have been or soon will be translated into Chinese). His present book is reviewed in this newsletter (p. 2).
Kirk has graced our functions many times. Use the search function at the upper right to find 10 entries. Also visit www.kirkjschneider.com.
Becker on Otto Rank
"Rank goes so far as to say that the 'need for a truly religious ideology is inherent in human nature and its fulfillment is basic to any kind of social life.' Only in this way, says Rank, only by surrendering to the bigness of nature on the highest, least-fetishized level, can man conquer death. In other words, the true heroic validation or one's life, lies beyond sex, beyond the other, beyond the private religion-all these are makeshifts that pull man down or that hem him in, leaving him torn with ambiguity."
-From Denial of Death, Chapter 8
more on Otto Rank here