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, including The Radiance of Being (2nd Ed): Understanding the Grand Integral Vision; Living the Integral Life, winner of the best-book award of the Scientific and Medical Network of the UK, with a foreword by Ken Wilber; Synchronicity: Through the Eyes of Science, Myth, and the Trickster, with Mark Holland; Consciousness Explained Better: Towards an Integral Understanding of the Multifaceted Nature of Consciousness; The Victorian's Guide to Consciousness; The Postconventional Personality: Empirical Perspectives on Higher Development, with Angela Pfaffenberger & Paul Marko; and Dreamer of the Earth: The Relevance of Thomas Berry, Prophetic Visionary, with Ervin Laszlo.Professor 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.Allan 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.

Allan lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his wife Julie and two corgi dogs named Bonnie and Clyde. 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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