Joseph Chilton Pearce

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Joseph Chilton Pearce
Born (1926-01-14) January 14, 1926 (age 90)
Pineville, Kentucky, US
Other names Joe
Occupation author, lecturer

Joseph Chilton Pearce (born January 14, 1926) is an American author of a number of books on human development and child development and is best known for his books, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg (1971), Magical Child (1977) and The Bond of Power: Meditation and Wholeness (1981).[1] He prefers the name "Joe".[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Pearce was born January 14, 1926, in Pineville, Kentucky, US.[3] He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated with a BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, received a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University, and did post-graduate studies at Geneva Theological College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.[3]


Pearce taught college humanities until the mid-1960s, and thereafter devoted himself to writing and lecturing. In the following decades, he has written on themes ranging from child development, mind-heart connection and themes in spirituality, in over 12 books.[3][4]

He presents the idea of the heart - or compassionate mind - as a category of brain function equal in stature to the thalamus, prefrontal cortex and lower brain.[5] He believes that active, imaginative play is the most important of all childhood activities because it cultivates mastery of one's environment, which he terms "creative competence." Children denied that form of play develop feelings of isolation and anxiety.[6] He also believes that child-parent bonding is crucial, and sees modern clinical childbirth and lack of breast feeding as obstructions to that bonding.[7]



  1. ^ Myrtle Heery; Maia Madden (February 1982). 'Joseph Chilton Pearce: The Bond of Power. Yoga Journal. pp. 5–8. ISSN 0191-0965. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Mercogliano, Chris and Debus, Kim, Interview. Journal Of Family Life magazine, Vol. 5 #1 1999.
  3. ^ a b c "Joseph Chilton Pearce , brief bio". Tanglewood II Symposium - Presenters and Panelists. Boston University College of Fine Arts. 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Very Happy Intelligent Children..". The Montreal Gazette (Google News Archive). Sep 26, 1984. p. 47. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  5. ^ Peirsman (2006) p.14
  6. ^ Rosemond (2001) p.218
  7. ^ Mercogliano (2003) p.191
  • Mercogliano, Chris (2003) Teaching the Restless: One School's Remarkable No-Ritalin Approach ISBN 0-8070-3246-8
  • Rosemond, John (2001) New Parent Power! ISBN 0-7407-1415-5
  • Peirsman, Etienne and Peirsman, Neeto (2006) Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children ISBN 1-55643-597-5

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