Dr. Mike Sosteric

Associate Professor, Sociology, Athabasca University

I am an associate professor of Sociology at Athabasca University. My primary interests are in the areas of human development, human potential, and human transformation.

Human Spirituality

When it comes to human potential and human transformation, I find human spirituality and, in particular, mystical experience (what I would call connection experience) a fascinating subject. I explore human mystical experience in four recent papers, one entitled "The Sociology of Mysticism," another entitled "Dangerous Memories: Slavery, Mysticism, and Transformation," a third entitled "The Science of Ascension," and a final entitled "From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behavior."
Human Economics

You can’t talk about human potential and human transformation without talking about money and the economy. Without sufficient money, there is no way for an individual to actualize their potential. Unfortunately, our current global economy is one where unfettered accumulation ensures the vast majority live without the resources required to live a full and transformative life. I examine our current global economic system, the cyclic global economic crises which regularly ensue, and the pain and suffering involved, in my book, "Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy." I also provide an educational video entitled Money Moksha to go along with the book, available on YouTube (https://is.gd/moneymoksha).


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Sociology, Athabasca University


  • 1999 
    University of Alberta, PhD/Sociology
  • 1992 
    University of Regina, Masters/Sociology
  • 1989 
    University of Regina, BA Psychology
  • 1989 
    University of Regina, BA Sociology


  • 2017
    Mysticism, Consciousness, Death, Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research
  • 2016
    Rocket Scientists' Guide to Money and the Economy, LP Press
  • 2014
    A Sociology of Tarot, Canadian Journal of Sociology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Alberta OER Grant
    Funding Source:
    Alberta OER