Charles Laughlin's Home Page
Charlie Laughlin & Toby
[Updated: 29 May 2008]
Welcome to Charlie Laughlin's homepage. It is designed to provide information for people who are interested in the theory of biogenetic structuralism - a perspective in anthropology having to do with the brain, consciousness (including alternative states of consciousness) and culture. In other words, biogenetic structuralism is a kind of neuroanthropology with touches of neurophenomenology about it. The perspective was developed by Charlie and his late friends Eugene G. d'Aquili and John McManus during the 1970s and 1980s. A special application of biogenetic structural theory has been added covering the joint work of Charlie and C. Jason Throop in developing a cultural neurophenomenology .
Charlie would like to hear any criticisms or suggestions you might have to offer that would make future versions of the homepage better. You can send Charlie an e-mail message from here.
What's of Special Interest on Charlie's Homepage?
Charlie's professional career, as well as a list of all his publications, most of which are in the area of the anthropology of consciousness, ritual, religious symbolism, and the brain. You may also wish to explore the home page of Carleton University's Department of Sociology & Anthropology where Charlie taught for 26-plus years. He is now an emeritus professor in that department.
Biogenetic structuralism is a body of theory and research projects that integrates anthropology with the neurosciences, phenomenology and quantum physics. This interdisciplinary perspective attempts to account for the structure of consciousness and culture by reference to the neurobiology of cognition. This section will be of interest to anyone seriously interested in the science of consciousness, transpersonal experience, religion, human universals and the relations between consciousness and reality . A "Self-Guided Tutorial" in biogenetic structuralism has been added for those wishing to study biogenetic structuralism in more depth.
This link takes you to a page where various articles, chapters and books written by Charlie may be found organized by topic area. Most pieces have to do with biogenetic structural theory, neurophenomenology, neuroanthropology, pre- and perinatal anthropology, and transpersonal anthropology.
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