About psychoGeology


Standing stones in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.

  Strange name? Yes, but it got your attention, didn’t it?

  It is my term for how geology interacts with us, on a personal level — not just the cold, hard facts. In other words, it is where Mind gets shaped by the Earth.



  Here is how I would define psychogeology:

  (1) That branch of the geosciences that deals with the interplay between the human mind and geology, not in a usual, analytical, medical, or academic sense, but in the way that rocks and other geologic phenomena influence our thoughts and actions.

  (2) The study of mental life and behavior in relation to geological processes.

  (3) The science of motivation by geological phenomena.

  (4) Within the context of the Noosphere, it explores and examines the boundary between rocks and other forms of life.

  Analogies can be drawn with psychogeography, which is defined as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals”, or astrology, which could be said to be where Mind gets shaped by the Stars, Planets, and the Moon.


  I first thought up this term, psychogeology, in 1971, while still a geology student at the University of Utah. I had just finished reading Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, and his concept of psychohistory intrigued me (and others in the Geology Department, as well). I thought, well, why not psychogeology, too?

  I use the term now to highlight the magic and mysteries of things geological. And for me, there are plenty of those.

  See also psychoGeology.COM.