Allan Combs

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Allan Combs (born 6 November 1942) is the Doshi Professor of Consciousness Studies and Director of The Center for Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also the President of the Society for Consciousness Studies and Director of Consciousness Studies master's degree program at the Graduate Institute of Connecticut. His background is in consciousness studies, neuralpsychology, and systems sciences. Combs is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. He is author of over 200 articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain. Combs is a co-founder of The Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, a member of The General Evolution Research Group, and the one-hundred member Club of Budapest.

He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Conscious Evolution, and Associate Editor of Dynamical Psychology. He was the winner of the 2002-2003 National Teaching Award of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, and in the same year the held the UNCA Honorary Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship.

He in Santa Rosa, California, with his wife Julie. His daughter Monica Combs works as an artist and tattoo master in Asheville, North Carolina, and his daughter Mollie Dezern is an art critic and lives in San Francisco.


  • Combs, A. (2002). The Radiance of being: Understanding the grand integral vision; Living the integral life. St Paul, MN: Paragon House.
  • Combs, A. (2009). Consciousness explained better: Towards an integral understanding of the multifaceted nature of consciousness. St Paul, MN: Paragon House.
  • Combs, A. (Ed.). (1910). Special issue of Journal of Consciousness Studies: A Victorian’s Guide to Consciousness. 17 (11-2).
  • Combs, A., Germine, M, & Goertzel, B. (Eds.). (2004). Mind in time: The dynamics of thought, reality, and consciousness. Hampton, Cresskill, NJ.
  • Combs, A., & Holland, M. (1990). Synchronicity: Through the Eyes of Science, Myth, and the Trickster. New York: Paragon House. (Second edition with forward by Ervin Laszlo; 1995. Third edition with foreword by Robin Robertson; 2001.)
  • Combs, A. (Ed.), Laszlo, E., Artigiani, R., & Csányi, V. (1996). Changing visions: Human cognitive maps, past, present and future. London: Adamantine Press; Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Combs, A., Pfaffenberger, A., & Marko, P. (Eds.). (2011). The postconventional personality: Empirical perspectives on higher development. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
  • Ervin Laszlo, E., & Combs, A. (2011). Dreamer of the Earth: The Relevance of Thomas Berry, prophetic visionary (1914-2009). Selected essays. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions.
  • Robertson, R., & Combs, A. (Eds.). (1995). Chaos theory in psychology and the life sciences. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Sulis, W., & Combs, A. (Eds.). (1996). Nonlinear dynamics in human behavior. Singapore: World Scientific.

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