30 years of working to advance our understanding of the mind toward conscious evolution
Today humanity faces unprecedented challenges. How can we apply advances in science and technology to ensure health and safety for all the world's people? Can we learn to tolerate and appreciate cultural diversity in an ever-shrinking global community? Can we learn to manage the planet's dwindling vital resources and basic life-support systems before it's too late?
Many worthy organizations address these issues in the political, cultural, and humanitarian spheres. But none focus, as does ISHK, on the root cause our very nature as human beings. What do we know about the way our brains work, about the way we receive and process information from our environment, about how our mental and nervous systems evolved, which create these crises in the first place? What other capacities might be inherent in our nature to help us rise above our narrow-minded reactions and choose the most appropriate mindset for a given situation? How can we develop these new capacities in ourselves and in our children?
For more than thirty years, ISHK's programs have been addressing these questions, contributing to some major shifts in public thinking and public policy such as in the recognition of the role of the mind in health. ISHK's efforts have been supported by renowned specialists in medicine, ecology, psychology, and education. Today some of our key programs focus on early education.
Humanity now needs to adapt to a world that is far different from that of the past. A primary need at this critical point in human history is to understand our human nature. If we know who we are, how human beings evolved, what our possibilities and weaknesses are, we might correctly assess what we can change, adapt, and create so that humanity and the planet thrive.
It is the mission of ISHK to gain such insight through the investigation of humanity's biological and cultural evolution and to communicate new understandings in the human sciences to both professionals and the culture at large through symposia, curricula development, workshops and publications.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are making good progress on our programs. Here are the most recent NEWS & UPDATES.
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NEW FROM MALOR BOOKS-AVAILABLE NOW
ISHK RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE US DEPARTMENT
OF STATE To provide over 2.4 million books to the children of Afghanistan!
SPECIAL OFFER ON THREE ALL ABOUT ME BOOKS - Me and My Memory; Me and My Feelings; and What's the Catch! [click here for details]
Focus on 9/11 and Beyond: ISHK stresses the need for greater understanding of the psychological impact of this and subsequent events, and a need for better understanding of other cultures and religions, and how these came about. Our cross-cultural studies include the rich cultural heritage of Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Middle East.
The California Learning Resource Network (www.CLRN.org) has accepted the Human Journey website as an Electronic Learning Resource.
DOWNLOADABLE NOW FROM THIS WEBSITE:
EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATIONS
Hoopoe Books: Teaching Stories for Children by Idries Shah. Hoopoe Books publishes a series of 11 illustrated tales for children retold by the Afghan author and educator Idries Shah. These books with a curriculum alined to Head Start, national performance and assessment standards and other educational standards in the United States have been used in over 150 schools and educational agencies across the country primarily in grades preK-6. The stories have been highly praised for their unique ability to foster not only literacy but thinking skills, social-emotional development and perception in students of all ages. www.hoopoekids.com
Children's Literacy: Responding to deep cuts in education budgets, ISHK partners with corporate and other co-funders to donate books to literacy programs nationwide.
All About Me: This series of paperbacks teaches middle-school students about their human nature. Through reading, activities and discussions they will learn to understand and appreciate the power of unconscious mechanisms in their thoughts, emotions and behavior and, as a result, develop more flexibility, confidence and control.
Books for Afghanistan Program: We provide bilingual Dari and Pashto Hoopoe titles, audio readings of them and classroom Teacher Guides to schools, orphanages and libraries throughout Afghanistan.
Books for Pakistan Program: We provide bilingual Urdu-English and Urdu-Pashto Hoopoe titles and classroom Teacher Guides to schools, orphanages and libraries throughout Pakistan, currently focusing on the Afghan-Pakistan border region.