Jean Houston

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Human Potential Movement
Jean Houston, Ph.D., scholar, philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. She is long regarded as one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. Dr. Houston is noted for her ability to combine a deep knowledge of history, culture, new science, spirituality and human development into her teaching. She is known for her inter-disciplinary perspective delivered in inspirational and humorous keynote addresses. Jean Houston is an interdisciplinary thinker and author, known for her ability to weave history, culture, spirituality, and science. While participating in a US Government-sanctioned research project on the effects of LSD (before such research was banned), Houston became acquainted with Robert Masters, a writer and a researcher into the varieties of human behavior and potentials. The two married in 1965, and soon became known for their work in the Human Potential Movement. During the first term of the Clinton administration, First Lady Hillary Clinton, while she was writing "It Takes a Village", invited Houston to work with her in the White House as an advisor. Dr. Houston is the author of 26 books and has worked in over 100 countries. She came to Esalen to teach about quantum theory and concurrent realities, and she and I spent much of our time together talking about her relationships with Margaret Mead, Joseph Campbell, Alduous Huxley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Deepak Chopra, and Hilary Clinton. “Jean Houston’s mind should be considered a national treasure,” says Buckminster Fuller, and I must say that I agree.

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