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Dr. Mike Sosteric

Dr. Mike Sosteric

Associate Professor, Sociology, Athabasca University

I am an associate professor of Sociology at Athabasca University. My primary interests are in the areas of human development, human potential, and human transformation.

For full text of my academic papers, visit https://athabascau.academia.edu/DrS

Human Spirituality

When it comes to human potential and human transformation, I find human spirituality and, in particular, mystical experience (what I would call connection experience) a fascinating subject. I explore human mystical experience in four recent papers, one entitled "The Sociology of Mysticism," another entitled "Dangerous Memories: Slavery, Mysticism, and Transformation," a third entitled "The Science of Ascension," and a final entitled "From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behavior."
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Human Economics

You can’t talk about human potential and human transformation without talking about money and the economy. Without sufficient money, there is no way for an individual to actualize their potential. Unfortunately, our current global economy is one where unfettered accumulation ensures the vast majority live without the resources required to live a full and transformative life. I examine our current global economic system, the cyclic global economic crises which regularly ensue, and the pain and suffering involved, in my book, "Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy." I also provide an educational video entitled Money Moksha to go along with the book, available on YouTube.

How the conservative right hijacks religion

Jul 09, 2019 23:29 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Democrats are beginning to challenge the Republican grip on the language of religion and faith in the United States. Democrat Sen. Chris Coons, a graduate of Yale Divinity School, recently wrote an essay for The Atlantic,...

The Catholic Church is a rich male collective

Sep 24, 2018 06:41 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Im a typical sociologist, meaning I am skeptical about religion and human spirituality. Although I attended Catholic Church as a small child, I could see the hypocrisy, even as a child. I rejected that religion at an early...

Global Geopolitics Series

World War Three is being waged in cyberspace

Oct 05, 2017 03:35 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

My introduction to advanced communication technology (i.e. the Internet and World Wide Web) came in 1999. Having grown up in the two-channel universe of the 1960s and 70s, I was agog at the power it represented. The...

Teen suicide is on the rise and this is why

Sep 11, 2017 15:17 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

Every 40 seconds, another human life is taken by suicide, according to World Health Organization data. In Canada, a new report reveals that young people between the ages of 15 and 19, who are struggling with mental...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries surge ahead of PCE and personal spending indices, FOMC member Bullard's speech

The U.S. Treasuries surged during Fridays evening session ahead of the countrys personal consumption expenditure and personal spending index for the month of January, scheduled to be released today by 13:30GMT. Also,...

German bunds jump despite cheerful February employment report; eyes on eurozone CPI

The German bunds jumped during afternoon session of the last trading day of the week Friday even as the countrys employment report for the month of February cheered market investors ahead of the eurozones consumer price...

Malaysia's economic stimulus package unlikely to affect S&P Global Ratings’ outlook

Malaysias economic stimulus package announced on Thursday is unlikely to materially affect SP Global Ratings outlook on the countrys fiscal performance and has a limited impact on the sovereign credit ratings. The...

China’s February PMI to test historic low of 38.8, says ANZ Research

Chinas manufacturing PMI for February is expected to reach an historic low of 38.8. The impact of the virus outbreak will see PMI drop further than the previous low in Q4 2008, according to the latest report from ANZ...

EM Asian currencies likely to advance somewhat temporarily versus dollar due to dropped DXY Index, says Scotiabank

EM Asian currencies are likely to advance somewhat temporarily versus the dollar because of a dropped DXY Index, but will pare their gains soon amid escalating global risk aversion as the US is set to become the next...

Politics

Michelle Obama might become Sherrod Brown’s running mate to unite the party

Apparently, some Democrats are not too happy with the possibility of Bernie Sanders becoming the partys 2020 presidential nominee. In fact, some of the partys officials are reportedly trying to convince Michelle Obama to...

Melania Trump humiliated: First lady’s anti-bullying campaign branded ‘brainless’

Melania Trumps anti-bullying campaign has been branded as brainless all because of her husband, Donald Trump. In 2018, the FLOTUS formally launched her Be Best initiative, which is focused on advocating against...

Donald Trump health rumors: POTUS’s pupils seem dilated again, sparks speculations he was high

Donald Trumps pupils appeared to be dilated again while he was discussing Coronavirus. And according to experts and netizens, this is one indication that the POTUS is unwell. On Twitter, some netizens shared close-up...

Ivanka Trump photo fail: Donald Trump’s daughter tries to channel Princess Diana’s Taj Mahal picture but fails miserably

Ivanka Trump traveled to India earlier this week with her husband, Jared Kushner, her dad, Donald Trump, and stepmom, Melania Trump. While there, the POTUSs favorite daughter posed in front of the Taj Mahal. Ivankas...

CIA suddenly briefs the Gang of Eight, possibly about Donald Trump's relations?

It was only several days ago where President Donald Trump lashed out at the Intelligence community and everyone else that he could think of during a press conference while in New Delhi. What also transpired over those days...

Science

Scientists discover a potentially new state of matter

There is still so much to learn regarding creation or how things come to be. Recently, a group of researchers stumbled upon what could potentially be a new state of matter by accident. Express reports that a group of...

Scientists predict that Earth could be 'kicked out' of Solar System by a wandering star

There have been many theories regarding the supposed end of the world. A group of scientists recently predicted that the end of the world could be caused by the planet leaving its orbit. Researchers from Sharif...

Asteroids: NASA sheds more light on asteroid Vesta 4

The most popularly known thought about asteroids is that these space rocks can crash into the planet or that these were responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. Recently, experts from NASA shed more light on one of...

Asteroid: Space rock Earthbound in a span of 12 hours

Hundreds of asteroids may have flown by Earth in a span of almost two months in 2020, but NASAs asteroid trackers notice one more may be coming this way. The agency spotted an Earthbound space rock that is set to approach...

Technology

‘PUBG Mobile’ update 0.17.0: New survival mode, weapon skins, locations set to arrive this March

PUBG Mobile 0.17.0 will arrive in a couple of days as the game gears up for the new PUBG Mobile Season 12. Here are some of the enhancements that the upcoming update will bring. Death Replay The PUBG Mobile 0.17.0...

‘PUBG Mobile’ v0.17.0 is confirmed to launch on March 3

PUBG Mobile fans may have been wondering where is patch 0.17.0, especially now that February is almost over. While the update has been delayed, developers have finally confirmed that it will arrive in a few days from...

iOS 14 will include a multitasking function as suggested in a video leak

iOS users might finally get the multitasking function they have been asking for once the iOS 14 is live. A video emerged online claiming it is a leaked internal build of the next iOS update giving fans the first look on...

Pixelbook is discounted on Amazon as Samsung Galaxy Chromebook’s release date is leaked

Googles first Pixelbook is now more than 2 years old, but the tech giant is not showing any signs of following up with a Pixelbook 2 anytime soon. However, the 2017-released Chromebook is currently on sale that...

Apple might release an over-ear AirPods alongside iPhone SE 2 in March

AirPods ended up being one of the top-selling products for Apple, especially after the AirPods Pro was launched last fall. It is then not surprising that the tech giant wants to keep the momentum going by adding a new...
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