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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Dynamical Psychology (DP) is an electronic continuation of the paper journal, PsychoScience, which was published between 1994 and1995. The entire contents of both the print and the electronic journal are available at the DP website. Although the journal title is Dynamical Psychology, in the editorial portions of the website it is often referred to as DynaPsyc.
DP is mainly concerned with “the patterns by which psychological processes unfold through time [and] the emergent, persistent structures which arise as a consequence of this unfolding.” The editors invite contributions from a variety of perspectives, including behavioral, cognitive, nonlinear-science, phenomenological, physics-oriented, sociological, and transpersonal, aiming at “a side-by-side presentation of theoretical explorations, mathematical analyses, computational experiments, and empirical data.”
To that end, they publish five types of material: research articles (presenting experimental data, computational experiments, mathematical analyses, or clearly-formulated theoretical ideas), informal essays (presenting more personal, wide-ranging views on aspects of mental process), survey articles (presenting summaries of past contributions, or synthesizing ideas and results from different paradigms), brief commentaries (about the contents of research articles, essays, survey articles, or other commentaries), and book reviews. Research papers and survey articles in DP are peer-reviewed, while commentaries and book reviews are reviewed by the journal editors. Informal essays can either be editorially or peer reviewed at the author’s request. The editorial board is comprised of Mark Germine, Allan Combs, Ben Goertzel, Ervin Laszlo, Stanley Krippner, Fred Abraham, John Arden, Jason Brown, George Christos, and Thomas Germinario, and that’s a very interesting group of cognitive scientists, mathematicians, consciousness scholars, psychologists, theoreticians, AI experts, and mythologists (Germine is at the Institute for Psychoscience in Mount Shasta, CA, Combs is in the Department of Transformative Inquiry at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and Goertzel, among many other roles, is Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and the OpenCog Foundation – this mostly comes from Googling them, since there’s minimal information on the DP site about each).
The 2014-2015 issue thus far holds two articles: Mark Germine’s “The Holographic Principle Theory of Mind — Revised” and “The Maximum Power Principle: a new step in bringing psychoanalysis closer to modern holistic sciences,” by Fabio Beni and Marco Raugei. The abstract for the first ends with “”In summation, the Holographic Principle can help us explain the unity and mechanisms of perception, experience, memory, mind, and divinity.” For lack of any other definition, that sentence helps sum up what is being explored throughout DP. Other recent articles include: “CogPrime: An Integrative Architecture for Embodied Artificial General Intelligence,” “Pattern Theory and the Creation of a Pattern Assessment,” “Dynamic Systems Theory in Cognitive Science: Major Elements, Applications, and Debates Surrounding a Revolutionary Meta-Theory,” “Language development in children with mental retardation,” “A Model of Assimilation and Accommodation in the Cognitive & Cultural Realms,” “The Mind-World Correspondence Principle (Toward a General Theory of General Intelligence),” “Morphic Pilot Theory: Toward an Extension of Quantum Physics that Better Explains Psi Phenomena,” “A Model of Language Based on Self-Organization of Gestalts and Metaphors,” “A Framework for Quantum Paradigms in Psychopathology Based on the One Mind Model of Quantum Reality,” “The Evolution of Consciousness (LNNL-39241, 1996),” “Neuroplasticity explained by broad-scale networks and modularity?,” “The Next Scientific Revolution: The Theory of Mind, Evolution, and Quantum Reality Based on Process Metaphysics,” “On Dualistic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: Arguments in Favor of Squire’s One Mind Interpretation in the Setting of Mental Monism,” “An Exploration of Creativity Facilitated by Hypnosis: The Trail of Tears Trilogy,” and “Exploring the Hypothesis of “Energetic Attractions” in Romantic Compatibility.”
Anyone studying or working in psychology, human intelligence, religion, mathematics, or philosophy is likely to find this journal fascinating. Recommended for this wide variety of researchers.