ECO 508pub. A home study conflict resolution reading course, (credit optional,) that uses the WTO protest book Einstein's World to help people improve their global intelligence and ability to build equilibrium relationships.

Institute of Global Education
Special NGO consultant to United Nations Economic and Social Council
Online conflict resolution and conflict managemen courses.



..Einstein's World:

..Natural Attractions, Intelligences
..and Sanity




How educating and counseling with nature restores our 53 natural senses and helps conflict management build responsible, interpersonal, web of life relationships.

We, and all of Nature, basically consist of attraction bonds within and between atoms and solar systems. In us, at least 53 of these attractions register as biophilia, a conscious love of nature that our excessively nature disconnected culture deteriorates. 

To peacefully preserve species, human dignity and environments we need a holistic conflict management process that enables us to restore this love -for we don't fight to save what we don't love. This need is met by the scientific, nature reconnecting, ecopsychology process in "Einstein's World." 

This One Credit (30 hours) course can be completed in two weeks or less. It may be incorporated in most academic or professional programs and is approved for one unit of credit by the Extended Studies Division of Portland State University.
CI 408/808 1 Credit (Curriculum Instruction)
COUN 408/808 1 Credit (Counseling)
K3225BAU Undergrad...K3225BAG Grad

See instructions 6-I, below, for obtaining credit from PSU upon the completion of the course.

Faculty: Dr. Michael J. Cohen, P.O. Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-6313

Faculty Assistant: It could be you.

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Course Description Discover how to prevent contemporary society's nature-separated thought process from deteriorating personal growth and responsible relationships. Increase your conflict resolution marketability, effectiveness and global citizenship by educating and counseling with nature using the Natural Systems Thinking Process.

Primary Objective

"Until mankind can extend the circle
of his compassion to include all living things,
he will never, himself, know peace."

Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize, l950

Course Procedure

Using the book Einstein's World, participate in the Introduction and Chapters 1-9 as follows:

[The book, until in bookstores, is available by mail from the IGE PO Box 1605 in Friday Harbor, WA 98250 for $19.00 including postage. Email your order to nature@interisland.net or phone 1-360-378-6313. Book is sent out with an invoice that is payable by check.]

1. Read a Chapter for content.

2. Read the Chapter a second time and, in a journal, copy seven or more statements or concepts in this Chapter that you find attractive. Important: be sure to bypass all statements that you do not find attractive. At the end or the course, your journal may be requested for review by the instructor.

Accompany each attraction statement you copy with a paragraph or two that explains

A. Why the statement is attractive to you

B. What attraction ("sensory webstring") in you the statement touches and how it relates to your experiences.

3. Read the opening quote by Albert Einstein in this Chapter and explain how you think it relates to the statements you found attractive in the Chapter.

4. Optional: To build and connect with a wider circle of friends, learning, and support, sign up on the course to be interactive by email.  Share and respond to attractions you find in the course and the emails you receive from other students on this list.

5. Upon completion of the assignments for the introduction and nine chapters in 1-3 above, complete the evaluation procedures in A-F below.

A. Consider where NSTP would make a contribution to real life situations locally and globally

B. Observe the effects from the thinking and activity process described in the course text

C. Seek input from others as to any noticeable effects the course may have had upon you.

D. Using Chapter 10 in the book, research the experiences of others who are engaged in NSTP.

E. Report the values of identifying natural senses through contact with natural systems.

F. Write three paragraphs that identify the learning value of the attractions process (Course Procedures 2 and 3 above) utilized by the course.

6 Upon completion of 5 above:

G. Write a three page paper that describes important attractions you have to the course, why they are important, and what you might do with them.

H. Write and send a letter to an editor or leader about the value you see in NSTP with respect to some contemporary issue.

I. Call or email Dr. Cohen and obtain the address (postal mail or email) to which you should send him a copy of G and H for your grade. Your grade is based upon the ability of your papers to be convincing and make sense. You may later be asked to submit your journal for review.

If you want academic or professional training credit for the course from Portland State University, please request that a Credit Application Form be sent to you. You may obtain one credit at a cost of $47.00 U.S.

Instructional Steps, Format and Topic Outline Sequence

This course follows a twelve part schedule based on one Chapter being completed every 5 days or less. Please read the Evaluation Section above. You may start the evaluations once you have completed Part 4

Part 1.Overview: explore your attractions in the Introduction and Chapter One of Einstein's World

The Natural Systems Thinking Process
.......How to supportively relate peacefully in Earth's playground.

The Lie of Omission
How nature's intelligence is missing from the way we learn to think.

Part 2 The Great Webstring Mystery: explore your attractions in Chapter 2 of Einstein's World.
.......Making the space needed to discover the unknown

Part 3. Sensing Hidden Truths: explore your attractions in Chapter 3 of Einstein's World.
.......Visualizing Nature's presence

Part 4. The Intelligence of Sensory Fulfillment: explore your attractions in Chapter 4 of Einstein's World.
.......Discovering reality through unadulterated contact with it.

Part 5. The Sensory Web: explore your attractions in Chapter 5 of Einstein's World.
.......Bringing webstrings into conscious thought

Part 6. The Truth of Experience: explore your attractions in Chapter 6 of Einstein's World.
.......Helping webstrings validate themselves

Part 7. The Wisdom of Gaining Consent: explore your attractions in Chapter 7 of Einstein's World.
Creating respectful relationships with nature

Part 8. Attraction Distraction: explore your attractions in Chapter 8 of Einstein's World.
.......Dealing with disconnection and prejudice

Part 9. Sprit of the Strings: explore your attractions in Chapter 9 of Einstein's World.
.......Unifying two mental worlds

Part 10 References and Resources: explore your attractions to two references in Einstein's World.
.......Making the space needed to discover the unknown

Part 11. Complete Evaluation procedures in 5 above

Part 12. Complete Evaluation procedures in 6 above

Required Text: Einstein's World by M.J. Cohen
Distributed by Project NatureConnect
P. O. Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-6313, nature@pacificrim.net

Prerequsite: By telephone conversation with the Instructor or the Faculty Assistant, explore how you can best learn and use the course material and process.

Instructor: Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D. founded Project NatureConnect, chairs the Integrated Ecology Department for the Institute of Global Education and Greenwich University. He received the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award for his 34 years of developing Applied Ecopsychology programs, books, articles and courses.

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"Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the action of people."

"Our task must be to free ourselves from (our) prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

- Albert Einstein

By the end of this course students will be able to access and teach, via the internet or locally, basic concepts and activities of the Natural Systems Thinking Process as described in the assigned text "Einstein's World" by Michael J. Cohen.

1. To introduce the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) into any facet of society that seeks to build more responsible relationships with people and the environment.

2. To learn communal, interspecies ways of thinking critically that reconnect with and heed natural attractions within ourselves, others and natural areas.

3. To learn how to self-regulate by letting sensory nature connections nurture the balanced spirit, wisdom and unity of nature within and about us.

4. To scientifically learn how to let our natural connectedness regenerate and rejuvenate the hurt and abandoned parts of our inner nature.

5, To identify and follow 53 natural sensory attractions that enable us to thoughtfully let Earth teach.

6. To learn how to speak to Earth and let it teach us, to know nature as nature knows itself.

7. To distinguish the major conflicting characteristics of the old brain and new brain and know how to let tangible contact with nature re-balance them.

8. To network with others who personally or professionally organize, facilitate and introduce the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) to society.

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Increase you expertise in the Natural Systems Thinking Process. Upon completing the Einstein's World course described above, take the following activity based, online, 3-week course:

Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship:
The Science of Connecting With the Web of Life
...The Art of Thinking With Nature.

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Institute of Global Education
Integrated Ecology/Project NatureConnnect
Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Director
Chair: Akamai University Applied Ecopsychology
Faculty: Portland State University Extended Studies

P. O. Box 1605,
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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