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Simon Lewis

Author, Writers Guild of America, west

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Conversation with Simon Lewis: How do we make the most of our Consciousness?

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My goal is to find ways to answer this most important question of our time, so others may find their inner selves. Everyone wants and needs maximum mental performance, yet school dropout rates attest to the size of the gap that our adolescents drop into. Why are these solutions a hidden secret? How can we develop an integrated approach to maximize our most precious resource on Earth — our collective consciousness — and nurture it in each of us? Why aren’t measurable repeatable approaches, to bridge the gap from potential mind toward actual mind, widely known and available to all from youth to old age, and how do we make this become a reality?
I hope you join me to discuss these and other questions,

Simon Lewis
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Closing Statement from Simon Lewis

I just finished reading all of your final comments and want to extend special thanks to TED for making this civil, thoughtful and remarkably global forum possible, as well as the INK organization who originally invited me to India in association with TED, and gave a first opportunity to share my ideas before an international audience.

And I want to thank each of you, who spoke or who listened, for it is your contribution that empowers all. I understand from TED that remarkable audience of some 2,000 participated online in our swiftly assembled colloquy, with over a hundred drawn to participate with comments from countries as far apart as the USA, India, South Korea and China.

I wish all of you of the happiness to be found in seeking the hidden path toward actual mind, and I thank you for showing me how much interest and concern there is, how many tangible ideas are offered, from around the world to help achieve this for all societies and ages.
Thank you, Simon Lewis

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    Sep 27 2011: How can we develop an integrated approach to maximize our most precious resource on Earth — our collective consciousness — and nurture it in each of us?

    - I think the web is a perfect example of a place where our collective conciousness is nurtured and surfaced. Take TED as an example; an idea that once manifested itself in the mind of one person, has now gone on to transform the lives of millions of people around the world. TED is like a collective brain and it's website is the portal into it. I think we should have more places like TED; places which connect people, drive innovation and give people a very real and grand sense of well-being.

    Why aren’t measurable repeatable approaches, to bridge the gap from potential mind toward actual mind, widely...?

    - I think that's a very interesting question and certainly not an easy one to answer. My twenty or so years of life experience tell me that variety holds up well against a lot of things. Trying different things, trying new things, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and being encouraged to do so, really helps you to unlock your own potential and give you a feeling of wanting to share it. As science and technology continues to develop, I think our understanding of our connectomes and the universal properties of concious mind will be uncovered. Once they are uncovered, we can explore the differences between those individuals who maximise the use of their conciousness and teach/ train others to exploit it. Until that time arrises, I think it would be sensible to suggest simply sharing our thoughts. In order to unlock the tools and share them ubiquitously amongst the worlds pupulation, you need to create a central hub; somewhere that ideas and thought can be explored and tuned into. This is where the internet comes into play and is one of the ways in which it's revolutionsing our planet. The web should house the global conciousness; and I think it already does, it's just sometimes hard to filter through.

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