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Christian de Quincey, Ph.D., is Professor of Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology at International University of Professional Studies (IUPS), at John F. Kennedy University, and adjunct faculty at The Holmes Institute. He is also founder of The Wisdom Academy, offering private mentorships in consciousness studies, and founder of The Writers Academy, offering professional editing and writing-coach services to other writers.


Dr. de Quincey is author of the award-winning book Radical Nature: The Soul of Matter and Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship, as well as Consciousness from Zombies to Angels and Deep Spirit: Cracking the Noetic Code. His latest book BlindSpots: 21 Good Reasons to

Think Before You Talk is available online and in bookstores nationwide. Samples of his writings on consciousness and cosmology are available at and his Facebook page “Consciousness for Life.” His services as an editor and writing coach can be accessed at

Per Dr. de Quincy:

My work as a philosopher has followed a rather “unorthodox” approach to knowledge. Unlike most of my philosopher colleagues, I have focused on expanding our epistemology—how can we know the world, ourselves, and how they relate? Typically, most philosophers rely on reason, logic, and language to explore the nature of knowledge. However, for most of my career (and before), I have been blessed with numerous “non-ordinary” states of consciousness. As a result, my work as a philosopher elucidates what I call the Four Gifts of Knowing:


The Scientist’s Gift of senses and method.


The Philosopher’s Gift of reason and language. 


(Almost all Western philosophy and science limits itself to these two modes of knowing. However, I also incorporate):


The Shaman’s Gift of feeling and alternative states of consciousness.


The Mystic’s Gift of intuition accessed in sacred silence.


I write about this in detail in my book Radical Knowing: Exploring Consciousness through Relationship.


In short: I have been a scholar and practitioner of both shamanism and mysticism throughout my career.  My work focuses on integrating these four ways of knowing and engaging in practices that support us in learning when to use the appropriate mode of knowing—and then to use our always-embodied-mind to feel (and not just think about) the relationship between the various ways of knowing.


This work has involved participating in various shamanic practices and journeys, as well as engaging in experiential explorations of mysticism and spirituality. In short, my work integrates philosophy, science, shamanism, and spirituality.

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