Understanding Human Behavior, Culture, and Everything through an Emergent System Lens: Consilience with Tom Beakbane

[Episode 69 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

Tom Beakbane and Paul Krauss MA LPC discuss Tom’s new book, How to Understand Everything: Consilience: A New Way to See the World. Tom Beakbane is president of a brand marketing company in Toronto, Canada. With an honors degree in biochemistry and neurophysiology from Durham University in England, he was puzzled by the gap between textbook theories of human behavior and his experiences creating business communications. He closed the gap by tapping into developments at the frontiers of science and explains this in his new book.

Tom begins by explaining the main concept of his approach to life–consilience. Consilience is a convergent method of thinking about the world which integrates principles from a variety of academic subjects. In Tom’s words, “Consilience is an entirely new way of conceptualizing human behavior.” Tom and Paul also discuss many topics including the hard science of how the body and mind interact, tribalism, culture, human behavior, communication and much more. Paul also integrates Tom’s ideas with the mental health field and discusses how humans make sense of the world and themselves in light of consciousness and cognitive processes. Tom and Paul close by thinking about the future, emphasizing how our views are being currently shaped and how we can avoid falling into cognitive pitfalls in order to embrace human flourishing.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency” [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Jazzy June Afternoon” from A Year by PAWL (Spotify)

“September Clear” from A Year by PAWL (Spotify)

“Moonlight in July” from A Year by PAWL (Spotify)

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