CLINICAL ANTHROPOLOGY – is the study of healing systems around the world and the use of these systems, processes, and techniques in clinical settings. Clinical Anthropologists looks at systems, physical as well psychological and social, using an information model. Systems break down when information is inadequate, for example when you are deficient is some essential nutrient or when trying to determine the best course of action to stop a terrorist attack. Information can be lost from a system, as in blood loss, or the death of the shaman who knew where to find the mushrooms. Then there is information intrusion as when attacked by a virus, or when new ideas (evolution), world views, and technology (AK-47s and IEDs) enter Third World countries.

Entheogens And the Development of Culture

Chapter One : Mind-Altering Substances and Decision Making John A. Rush.
Chapter Two : Altered Consciousness and Drugs in Human Evolution Michael Winkelman.
Chapter Three : Cannabis and the Hebrew BibleChris Bennett and Neil McQueen.
Chapter Four : Hildegard of Bingen: Unveiling the Secrets of a Medieval High Priestess and VisionaryGerrit Keizer.

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John A. Rush, Ph.D

He is Professor of Anthropology at Sierra College, Rocklin, California, teaching Physical Anthropology and Magic, Witchcraft, Myth, and Religion. He and his wife manage a feral cat community and conduct on-going research into feline behavior to be published in the near future.They also maintain a large herb garden where students and faculty learn about the cultivation and preparation of numerous medicinal and magical herbs and the myths that surround them.

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