Bradley Lewis MD, PhD,
is an associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a practicing psychiatrist. He has interdisciplinary training is in humanities and
psychiatry and his recent books are Narrative Psychiatry: How Stories Can Shape Clinical Practice and Depression: Integrating Science, Culture, and Humanities.
We live in challenging times. Traditional beliefs and institutions have been destabilized by modern society, and the promise of science and reason has been shaken by environmental and social destruction. Some have responded by a revival of fundamentalist religions; others have doggedly clung to modern dreams and worldviews. For many of us, neither of these older structures will work. We have chosen to get imaginative and inventive, and to build a new cultural and philosophic home that taps into the wisdom of our human heritage.