Hi there. My name is Mike Sosteric. I am a sociologist in the Faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences, Athabasca University. I teach and coordinate several of the University's Sociology courses (including our introductory courses, our statistics course, and several advanced study and reading courses) and am available for reading and individualized study classes in any of my areas of interest. For a list of some academic papers, visit me at https://athabascau.academia.edu/DrS. For a more complete list of my writings, visit http://dr-s.sociology.org/
My interests are wide ranging, but I am most interested in human spirituality, human potential, and human transformation. You will find my concern with human transformation represented in all the courses I teach and coordinate. If you are interested in human religion and spirituality, I recommend you start with Sociology 231: Sociology of Religion
When it comes to human potential and human transformation, I find human spirituality and, in particular, mystical experience (what I would call connection experience) a fascinating subject. An invited paper I wrote for the 2017 ISA eSymposium entitled The Sociology of Mysticism outlines the issues and potential, as I see it. If you are interested in exploring, you might also be interested in another article I wrote, still waiting to be published, entitled Dangerous Memories: Slavery, Mysticism, and Transformation. You can find both at https://athabascau.academia.edu/DrS
Education is a critical component of human potential and human transformation. Depending on your particular philosophical/spiritual orientation, we are either born tabula rasa or we forget everything when we incarnate. Whatever your faith or belief, it is only through education that we come to understand and realize our full human potential. It is only through educate (engineering, psychology, sociology, etc.) that we transform the world. I believe education is a human right and my philosophy with regards science and education is straight forward and simple. I believe scientists and educators have a responsibility to be communicators. Whether we teach courses, write scholarly articles, create books, or produce educational multimedia, our goal must be to communicate. This is especially true when it comes to complex human phenomenon like social class, spirituality, or money. If we hide our knowledge and insight behind turgid prose and complicated EPMO, if we communicate only to a handful of specialists around the world, we have failed as scientists, educators, and human beings. Therefore, it is my view that as educators and scientists we have to make more effort, both individually and as a group, to reach out directly, to share our knowledge and insight with the world. We can’t leave it to Hollywood or the media. They are doing a bang up job with technology, and a not so bad job with psychology, but when it comes to the wisdom and insight of sociology, human potential, and human transformation, it is a clear and unconscionable fail. Sociologists need to get involved.
Reaching out in this fashion is, of course, not for everybody, and that’s perfectly fine. But we should support and nurture those who do.
I’m available to do reading classes and advanced MAIS classes in the general area of human religion, human spirituality, human potential, and human transformation. If you are interested, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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