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EnlightenedCrowd is the blog and academic home page of Edward J Dale, covering psychology, philosophy, health, exercise, nutrition and other subjects from a spiritual perspective. Ed graduated in psychology and philosophy from Warwick University and worked on research projects on dynamic complex systems theory and on moral development in children in the 2000s, before becoming bored with conventional psychology and turning to transpersonal psychology, where he produced well-regarded niche research. He is the only author to be awarded a double book review in the same issue of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, and has been in the top 1% of downloaded authors on several times. In 2013 he had a Christian awakening experience and began re-aligning his ideas in this direction.

These days, he writes articles about any subject people might find useful. Most recently, this has been a series of articles on the spiritual lives of major scientists, and other great thinkers.


Completing Piaget’s Project is a book on transpersonal (spiritual) psychology, its basically a history of science from a transpersonal perspective that develops lines of thought relating to complex systems biology, and human development through the life cycle. View on publisher’s site. View on Amazon.

Review excerpts

“In sum, Dale’s Completing Piaget’s Project is a groundbreaking book that deserves to be not only widely read and discussed, but also used as textbook in courses on transpersonal psychology, developmental theories, and the philosophy of religious pluralism.”

“I believe that Dale’s transpersonal psychological paradigm represents a genuine advance in transpersonal thinking”


“Ed Dale’s Completing Piaget’s Project is a strikingly original integration of the transpersonal psychology of higher states of consciousness with an expanded neo-Piagetian developmental perspective. Dale convincingly demonstrates the larger transpersonal context of Jean Piaget’s (1896-1980) life work, as revealed by both Piaget’s hitherto untranslated early (1920’s) empirical studies of religious understanding in childhood and in his personal spiritual awakening dramatized in an early (1918) thinly disguised autobiographical novel.”


“A remarkable rediscovery of one of the greatest psychologists in history.”

“Ed Dale has written a fascinating book which should be of interest to those who are serious in studying transpersonal and spiritual development.”


“This is a book for the ages. It is a book that may well shake and shift paradigms. I can not imagine someone writing a book of this nature again, at least not until advances in the neurosciences and evolutionary psychology leave some of this material outdated.”

“This book clearly merits publication with only minor revisions based on my review and those of others.”

“the growing field of transpersonal psychology will be a fertile ground for avid readers. As transpersonal psychology attempts to become more “mainstream,” it will find books like this one useful because it bridges mainstream psychology and transpersonal topics so well.”


“This is a dense, demanding, and rewarding read, reframing as it does the seminal work of Jean Piaget beyond its generally perceived atheism…. This is the Piaget unknown to psychology who was also making important contributions to biology, many of which have since been validated by more recent systemic models…. In the final analysis, the spiritual must incorporate the findings of modernity, which the author find plausible largely because of adaptive complex systems theory restoring a sense of directionality to our view of life.”


“It will make a tremendous difference in the world of transpersonal psychology and the reputation of Piaget”


Academic papers

Some of Ed’s academic papers on transpersonal psychology/anthropology:

Dale, E. (2014b). Spiritual Consciousness and the Age of Quantity: The Strange Case of Jean Piaget’s Mysticism. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 21, 97-119

Dale, E. (2014a). Variability in the emergence point of transpersonal experience in the life cycle. Anthropology of Consciousness, 25, 143–164

Dale, E. (2013), Neo-Piagetian transpersonal psychology: A new perspective. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 45, 118-138

Dale, E. (2012). The equilibration of the self and the sense of sublation: Spirituality in thought, music, and meditation. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 33, 219–232

Dale, E. (2011). Evolutionary developmental biology, the human life course, and transpersonal experience. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 32, 277–294

Full book reviews

Review by Prof Jorge Ferrer for the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

Review by Prof Harry Hunt for the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

Review by Dr Robin S Brown for World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research

Review by Rene Wadlow for International Journal for World Peace