Amy L. Lansky, PhD
Ph.D., Computer Science, Stanford University, 1983.
M.S., Computer Science, Stanford University, 1979.
B.A., Mathematics and Computer Science (summa cum laude),
University of Rochester, 1977.
2003 -- 2011; Secretary and Executive Board Member, National Center for Homeopathy.
2004 -- 2007; Homeopathic Consultant, practicing in Mountain View, California.
2003 -- present; President, R.L.Ranch Press and RuLabinsky Enterprises, Inc.
2001 -- 2005; Executive Board Member, California Health Freedom Coalition.
1998 -- 2000; Co-editor, The American Homeopath, Journal of the North American
Society of Homeopaths.
1995 -- present; President, Renaissance Research.
1995 -- 1998; Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University,
Symbolic Systems Program
1989 -- 1995;Senior Computer Scientist, Artificial Intelligence
Branch, NASA Ames Research Center.
1984 -- 1989;Computer Scientist, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI
1983 -- 1984; Computer Scientist, Computer Science Laboratory,
Summer 1980; Summer research intern, Computer Science Laboratory, Xerox PARC.
Spring 1980;Teaching fellow, Computer Science, Stanford University.
Summer 1979;Software engineer, Zilog Inc.
1977 -- 1983;Research assistant, Computer Science, Stanford University.
Summer 1976; Research assistant, Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute, Israel.
Nominated for Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (1994/95).
Hertz Foundation Fellow (1980-1983).
National Science Foundation Fellow (1977-1980).
Stoddard Prize in Mathematics, University of Rochester, (1977).
Wilson Scholar, University of Rochester
Phi Beta Kappa
Research and Professional Work in Consciousness
In 1996, Amy Lansky was inspired to write a paper on the notion of consciousness
as an active force that can be used for not only perceiving subtle information
and wisdom, but changing the outer reality that we all experience. Entitled
Consciousness As An Active Force, it became widely linked on the internet and eventually published in the Noetic Journal in January 2000.
In 2005, Amy Lansky began meditation studies with Gary Sherman and Ellen Miller. Ultimately, these studies inspired her to write a new book based on her 1996 paper. It was published in September, 2011 --
Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within. Since that time, Lansky
has written invited papers on the topic, including for the Institute of Noetic Sciences and
the magazine Tathaastu.
Research and Professional Work in Homeopathy
In 1998, Amy Lansky left her work in computer science to pursue her
vision of bringing an awareness and understanding of Homeopathy to the
American people. The impetus for this was the homeopathic cure of her
son's autism, as well as several subsequent healing experiences she
has witnessed and experienced.
In 1996, she became a student of The School of Homoeopathy,
Devon, England, from which she earned a Foundation Certificate in
1998. Lansky has also studied with several prominent homeopaths.
These studies include intensive clinical studies with Louis Klein
(for which she was awarded a certificate of completion of the
Homeopathic Master Clinician's course), Sadhna
Thakkar, Misha Norland, and Simon Taffler, as well as workshops given
by Rajan Sankaran, Jan Scholten, Alize Timmerman, A.U. Ramakrishnan,
Janet Snowdon, and Jeremy Sherr. Lansky practiced as a homeopath
From 1998 through 2000, Lansky served as co-editor of The American
Homeopath, the journal of the North American Society of Homeopaths
(NASH) -- an organization that represents professional homeopaths in
the United States and Canada.
In the spring of 2001, Lansky help to start (and became an
executive board member of) the California Health Freedom Coalition, an
organization that sponsored and passed SB-577, the health freedom bill
that legalized the practice of unlicensed forms of alternative
medicine in California (passed September 2002). In October 2001 she
testified before a California State Senate hearing on the benefits of
alternative medical treatment, with a particular focus on the
homeopathic cure of her son's autism.
In 2003, Lansky published an introductory book on Homeopathy for the general
public: Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy. It quickly became a best-seller
and is now one of the leading introductory books worldwide, translated into
several foreign languages (German, Greek, Arabic, and Czech). It is
used widely as both a patient education book and as a textbook at homeopathic
In 2003, Lansky was
also elected to the board of the National Center for Homeopathy in
Alexandria, Virginia. In 2005, she became Secretary and Executive
Board Member of the National Center, a position she held until she left the
board in 2011. During her time there, she was instrumental in revamping
and redesigning the organization's extensive web site.
Over the years, Lansky has become a leading figure in homeopathic medicine.
She has spoken at several conferences, including: Autism One, the National Vaccine
Information Center conference, and the Annual National Joint Homeopathy Conference.
Her articles about homeopathy have appeared in the Mercola Newsletter and Mothering Magazine, she wrote a column for the Society of Homeopaths newsletter (UK) for four
years, she hosts a monthly radio show (There's Hope With Homeopathy!) on Autism One Radio, and she serves as an invited expert on homeopathy for several online forums.
Research and Professional Work in Computer Science
For nearly twenty years, Amy Lansky was an active computer science
researcher. She is most well known for her work in artificial
intelligence, an area of research focused on endowing computers with
the ability to emulate human reasoning. Her work at both NASA and at
SRI International had application in the space shuttle program, NASA's
Earth Observing System, and at Grumman Aerospace. She also served as
a consulting associate professor at Stanford University for three
years, as part of their Symbolic Systems program.
Lansky's primary area of expertise within artificial
intelligence was planning and scheduling -- i.e., the construction of
programs that are able to create complex activity plans. Her work was
applied to building-construction tasks and to image processing for
satellite imagery. Lansky was also a leading researcher in the
area of reactive planning, in which pre-constructed procedures are
applied in dynamically changing environments. Her work in this area
was used for handling fault diagnostics for the space shuttle and in
robotics applications. Her paper with Michael Georgeff on this subject,
Reactive Reasoning and Planning (AAAI 1987),
won the AAAI 20-year Classic Paper Award
As a graduate student at Stanford, Amy Lansky's thesis work
involved developing a new methodology for representing the semantics
of parallel programming languages and for proving the correctness of
such programs. Her method was based on a novel use of temporal logic.
During her tenure at Stanford, she also worked as a summer intern at
Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, where she helped develop one of the
first prototypes for remote procedure call, a technique which enables
computers to run programs on remote machines.
Lansky also chaired and served on the program committees of
numerous conferences and workshops. These included several
conferences sponsored by the American Association for Artificial
Intelligence, NASA, and the 1994 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in
Computing. She also served as a reviewer for many journals and
organizations, including the Artificial Intelligence Journal and the
National Science Foundation (NSF). Lansky was the principal
investigator on several government research grants sponsored by NSF
and NASA. She was nominated to be a Fellow of the American Association of
Artificial Intelligence in 1994/5.
Publications, Books, Technical Notes
Amy Lansky is the author of a comprehensive book on depth consciousness,
Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within (2011). She
is also the author of a best-selling introductory book on homeopathic medicine,
Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy (2003). This book
has become a best-seller worldwide, has
been adopted by several schools as a text, and has also
become the patient-education book of choice for many homeopaths. It has been chosen
for translation by several foreign publishers, with editions in German, Greek,
Arabic, and Czech.
For more information about Lansky's media appearances, visit her
website or her consciousness
book web site.
Lansky has also
authored dozens of scholarly papers in computer science, most of which
have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
She was also co-editor of a book that continued to sell copies after
many years in publication, Reasoning About Actions and Plans,
Proceedings of the 1986 Workshop at Timberline, Oregon.
BOOKS AND PAPERS:
- The Power of Similar Vibrations, Tathaastu Magazine, January 2012.
- Four-Dimensional Consciousness and the Power of Resonance, IONS online
E-zine, November 2011.
- Homeopathy: Its Time Is Coming, Hpthy online E-zine, November 2011,
- Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within, R.L.Ranch Press (2011)
- Could This Forbidden Medicine Eliminate the Need for Drugs? Why the Skeptics
Love to Hate Homeopathy, Mercola Newsletter, December 22, 2009 (262,871 views so far!).
- Czech translation of Impossible Cure, Elfa Publishign (2011).
- New German translation of Impossible Cure (Unheilbar?), Narayana Verlag (2010).
- Arabic translation of Impossible Cure, Mishkat House Publishing (2009).
- Homeopathy and Autism: A Unique Opportunity for Transformation, Hpthy online E-zine, November 2008, http://www.hpathy.com/papersnew/lansky-homeopathy-autism.asp.
- One Conference, Ten Great Teachers, Homeopathy Today, November/December 2008.
- Wiki Wars, Homeopathy Today, July/August 2008.
- Greek translation of Impossible Cure, Kritiki Publishing (2008).
- Third Joint Conference: All New and Improved!, Homeopathy Today, November/December 2007.
- Homeopathic Medicine -- Autism Cured: One Boy's Remarkable Story,Vitality Magazine (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), July 2007.http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/homeopathic-medicine-autism-cured/
- The Hope of Homeopathy and To Your Health!,
Mothering Magazine, pp. 44-53, January/February 2006.
- Letters from America, Regular column in the quarterly
newsletter of the Society of Homeopaths, UK (2004 -- 2008).
- Book Review: The Companion to Homeopathy: The Practitioner's Guide,
Homeopathy Today (2006).
- Book Review: A Drug-Free Approach to Asperger Syndrome and Autism,
Homeopathy Today, November/December 2005.
- Notes from the Board of Directors,
Board Column, Homeopathy Today, May/June 2004, September/October 2005, March/April 2007, July/August 2008.
- Heilung Moglich mit Homoopathie (German translation of Impossible Cure),
Random House Germany (June 2005).
- A New -- Yet Old -- Approach to What Ails You,
Many Hands -- New England's Magazine for Holistic Health, Spring 2005.
(This article is available for re-publication; suitable for family publications).
- Claiming Our Right to Health Freedom,
Health Freedom News, Spring 2005.
(This article is available for re-publication).
- Healing the World -- Service Through Homeopathy,
Board Column, Homeopathy Today, May/June 2004.
- Can Homeopathy Cure Autism? (Excerpts from Impossible Cure),
Autism Asperger's Digest Magazine, March/April 2004.
- Causation Can Be the Key (Excerpt from Impossible Cure),
Homeopathy Today, September 2003.
- Max's Story: A Homeopathic Cure of Autism (Excerpt from Impossible Cure),
in Treating Autism: Parent Stories of Hope and Success, Autism Research Institute,
San Diego, California, pp.208-230 (2003).
- Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, R.L.Ranch Press, Portola Valley,
- An Interview of Roger Van Zandvoort, in The
American Homeopath, Number 6 (2000).
- An Interview of David Warkentin, in The
American Homeopath, Number 6 (2000).
- Hahnemann's Provings, collected by Will Taylor, edited
by Amy Lansky, in The American Homeopath, Number 6 (2000).
- Consciousness as an Active Force, The Noetic Journal, Volume 2,
Number 1 (January 2000).
This paper has also been on the web at: www.renresearch.com/consciousness.html
since 1996, where it has generated considerable interest from readers
from all over the world. It has also been cross-linked to dozens of
prominent web sites devoted to consciousness studies.
- Gallic Acid, in The American Homeopath, Number 5 (1999).
- Image and Sensation. Seminar review in Homeopathy Today,
Volume 18, Number 2 (February 1998).
Max's Story: A Carcinosin Cure, Homeopathy
Online, Issue 5, Spring 1998, http://www.lyghtforce.com/HomeopathyOnline.
A condensed version appeared in Similia, the publication of the
Australian Homoeopathic Association, Volume 11, Number 2 (July 1998).
- Localized Planning with Diverse Plan Construction
Methods, Artificial Intelligence, Volume 98, Number 1-2, pp. 49--136 (January 1998).
Web-Based Planning for Image Processing,
1996 AAAI Spring Symposium on Acquisition, Learning, and Demonstration: Automating
Tasks for Users, Stanford University, Stanford, California (March 1996).
- Scope and Abstraction: Two Criteria for Localized Planning,
with L. Getoor, in IJCAI-95, Montreal, Canada (August 1995). Also
appeared in Proceedings of the 1994 Workshop on Theory
Reformulation and Abstraction, Wyoming (May 1994).
The COLLAGE/KHOROS Link: Planning for Image Processing
Tasks, with L. Getoor, M. Friedman, S. Schmidler, and N. Short,
1995 AAAI Spring Symposium on Integrated Planning
Applications, Stanford University, Stanford, California (March 1995).
Practical Planning in COLLAGE, with L. Getoor, in
Proceedings of the 1994 AAAI Fall Symposium on Planning and Learning:
On to Real Applications, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 1994).
Action-Based Planning, in the proceedings of AIPS-94,
the Second International Conference on AI Planning Systems, Chicago,
IL (June 1994).
A Data Analysis Assistant, Proceedings of the 1994 AAAI
Spring Symposium on Software Agents, Stanford, California (1994).
A slightly modified version of this paper also appeared in the
proceedings of I-SAIRAS-94, The Third International Symposium on
Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation for Space, Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California (October 1994).
AI-Based Planning for Data Analysis Tasks, with A.G. Philpot,
Proceedings of the Ninth IEEE Conference on Artificial Intelligence
for Applications (CAIA-93), pp. 390-398, Orlando, Florida (1993).
Also appeared in IEEE Expert Magazine, Volume 9 Number 1
COLLAGE: A Diversified Constraint-Based Planning
Architecture, with A.G. Philpot, in Proceedings of the 1993 AAAI
Spring Symposium on Foundations of Automatic Planning: The Classical
Approach and Beyond, Stanford, California (1993).
Localization vs. Abstraction: A Comparison of Two Search
Reduction Techniques in Proceedings of the 1992 Asilomar
Workshop on Change of Representation and Problem Reformulation and
in Proceedings of the AAAI-92 Workshop on Approximation and
Abstraction of Computational Theories (1992).
Localized Search for Multiagent Domains,
Proceedings of the Twelfth International Joint Conference on
Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-91), Sydney, Australia, pp. 252--258
Towards an Integrated Data Analysis Workbench for EOS
Scientists, with R. Keller, Unpublished Whitepaper (1990).
Localized Search for Controlling Automated Reasoning,
in Proceedings of the 1990 DARPA Workshop on Innovative Approaches
to Planning, Scheduling, and Control, San Diego, California, Morgan Kaufmann
Publishers, pp. 115-125 (1990). Also appears as Technical Note
FIA-90-08-15-01, Artificial Intelligence Research Branch, NASA
Ames Research Center, MS 244-17, Moffett Field, CA 94035 (1990).
The Role of AI Planning in NASA Missions,
with Mark Drummond, unpublished paper (1990).
Localized Search for Complex Planning Domains,
with Lode Missiaen, in Proceedings of the 1990 AAAI Workshop
on Planning for Complex Domains, D. Mitchell (editor),
Boston, Massachusetts (1990).
Localized Representation and Planning,
in Readings in Planning , J. Allen, J. Hendler, and A. Tate (editors),
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, pp. 670-674 (1990). Also appeared in
Proceedings of 1989 Stanford Symposium Workshop on Planning and
Search, Stanford, California (1989).
A Perspective on Multiagent Planning,
Technical Note 474, Artificial Intelligence Center,
SRI International, Menlo Park, California (1989).
Localized Event-Based Reasoning for Multiagent Domains,
Computational Intelligence Journal Special
Issue on Planning, Volume 4, Number 4, (November 1988).
This paper has also been published as
Technical Note 423, Artificial Intelligence Center,
SRI International, Menlo Park, California (1988).
Localized Representation and Planning Methods for Parallel
Domains, in Proceedings of the Sixth National Conference on Artificial
Intelligence (AAAI-87), Seattle, Washington (July 1987).
Reactive Reasoning and Planning, with M.P. Georgeff,
in Proceedings of the Sixth National Conference on Artificial
Intelligence (AAAI-87), Seattle, Washington (July 1987).
(In 2006, this paper won the AAAI 20-year Classic Paper Award.)
- Reasoning and Planning in Dynamic Domains: An Experiment with
a Mobile Robot, with M.P. Georgeff and M.J. Schoppers,
Technical Note 380, Artificial Intelligence Center,
SRI International, Menlo Park, California (1987).
A version of this paper also appeared in Proceedings of the
1987 Workshop on Space Telerobotics, G. Rodriguez (editor),
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California (1987).
- Coeditor of Reasoning About Actions and Plans,
Proceedings of the 1986 Workshop at Timberline, Oregon,
with M.P. Georgeff, Morgan Kaufman Publishers, Los Altos, California (1987).
- A Representation of Parallel Activity Based on Events, Structure,
and Causality, in Reasoning About Actions and Plans,
Proceedings of the 1986
Workshop at Timberline, Oregon, M.P. Georgeff and A.L. Lansky
(editors), Morgan Kaufman Publishers, Los Altos, California,
pp. 123-160 (1987). This paper has also been published as
Technical Note 401, Artificial Intelligence Center,
SRI International, Menlo Park, California (1986).
- Procedural Knowledge, with M.P. Georgeff,
Proceedings of the IEEE, Special Issue on Knowledge
Representation, Volume 74, Number 10, pp.1383-1398 (October 1986).
- A System for Reasoning in Dynamic Domains: Fault Diagnosis on
the Space Shuttle, with M.P. Georgeff,
Technical Note 375, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI
International, Menlo Park, California (1985).
- A Procedural Logic, with M.P. Georgeff and P. Bessiere, in
Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial
Intelligence (IJCAI-85), Los Angeles (1985).
A `Behavioral' Approach to Multiagent Domains,
in Proceedings of 1985 Workshop on Distributed Artificial Intelligence,
Sea Ranch, California, pp. 159-183 (1985).
Behavioral Specification and Planning for Multiagent Domains,
Technical Report 360, SRI International, Artificial Intelligence
Center, Menlo Park, California (1985).
Specification and Analysis of Concurrency, Doctoral Dissertation,
Technical Report STAN-CS-83-993, Computer Science Department,
Stanford University (1983).
GEM: A Tool for Concurrency Specification and Verification,
with S. Owicki, in Proceedings of 2nd SIGACT-SIGOPS Symposium on
Principles of Distributed Computing, ACM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1983).
Representation and Refinement of Visual Specifications,
with M.Moriconi, in Proceedings of the 1983 Symposium
on Software Validation, Darmstadt, Germany (1983).
PASMAC -- A Macroprocessor for Pascal, CSL-TN 174,
Stanford University, Computer Science Laboratory, (1980).
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Drums, Guitar.
Composer of several piano and vocal works.
Former lead singer of "Not Dead Yet" -- aka "The Wizards" (oldies R+B group).
Qigong, meditation, Reiki.
Swimming, equitation, martial arts.
Needlework, photography, watercolor, acrylic.