Aaron Kheriaty: An Ethical Life

36m | Apr 7, 2023

AARON KHERIATY, MD is a psychiatrist, and the director of the program in Bioethics and American Democracy at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and the director of the Health and Human Flourishing program at the Zephyr Institute in Palo Alto, California. He taught psychiatry previously at the UCI School of Medicine where he was the director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health, and the chairman of the ethics committee at the California Department of State Hospitals. Dr. Kheriaty’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New Atlantis, Arc Digital, Public Discourse, City Journal, and First Things. He blogs at He is author of The New Abnormal: The Rise of the Biomedical Security State

Imaginal Inspirations is hosted by David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and Chair of the Galileo Commission, an academic movement dedicated to expanding the evidence base of a science of consciousness. Imaginal cells are responsible for the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly, which is the Greek symbol for the soul. These cells are dormant in the caterpillar but at a critical point of development they create the new form and structure which becomes the butterfly.


Works and links mentioned:

Viktor Frankl: Man's Search For Meaning

Etty Hillesum:  An interrupted life.

Confessions of St. Augustine


Production: Martin Redfern

Artwork: Amber Haas

Music: Life is a River, by Magnus Moone

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