|Other names Joe|
|Name Joseph Pearce|
Occupation author, lecturer
|Born January 14, 1926 (age 89) (1926-01-14) Pineville, Kentucky, US|
Books From Magical Child to, The Crack in the Cosmic E, The Biology of Transcendence, Exploring the Crack in the Co, The Death of Religion and the R
Education College of William & Mary
1 joseph chilton pearce education and the young child s brain development
Joseph Chilton Pearce (January 14, 1926 – August 23, 2016) was an American author of a number of books on human development and child development and is best known for his books, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg (1971), Magical Child (1977) and The Bond of Power: Meditation and Wholeness (1981). He preferred the name "Joe".
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- Joseph chilton pearce the crack in the cosmic egg
- Early life and background
Joseph chilton pearce the crack in the cosmic egg
Early life and background
Pearce was born January 14, 1926, in Pineville, Kentucky, US. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated with a BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, received a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University, and did post-graduate studies at Geneva Theological College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Pearce taught college humanities until the mid-1960s, and thereafter devoted himself to writing and lecturing. In the following decades, he has written on themes ranging from child development, mind-heart connection and themes in spirituality, in over 12 books.
He presented the idea of the heart, or compassionate mind, as a category of brain function equal in stature to the thalamus, prefrontal cortex and lower brain. Pearce believed that active, imaginative play is the most important of all childhood activities because it cultivates mastery of one's environment, which he terms "creative competence." Children denied that form of play develop feelings of isolation and anxiety. He also believed that child-parent bonding is crucial, and sees modern clinical childbirth and lack of breast feeding as obstructions to that bonding. Pearce died in August 2016 at the age of 90.