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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: I wonder if you would describe the difference between potential and actual mind? Is this a difference in levels of focus, understanding, performance of some kind? What makes you believe that potential / higher mind possible?
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      Sep 28 2011: I plan a book to explore this separation and how to bridge it, for there are many interrelated elements to the sub processes of consciousness.. I think of actual mind as the maximum interconnectedness of the physical consciousness (this is broader than the brain and central nervous system) of which a given individual is capable. Potential mind is what I illustrate with the dense array EEG/MRI in my INK talk on TED and explore experientially from within my coma and cognitive recovery in my book. It includes everything our multibillion interconnections do, in each and every moment of life, to seek to do more and be more. It is our ultimate human expression of mind potential. Your second question is much easier: higher mind is possible both because as a mature adult my FSIQ rose from 89 to 150+ which medically is not supposed to occur in mature adults, and because I have already researched other cases, two of which I presented at INK on TED, which show that these are not anomalous results.

      I hope to work with a medical school to develop a long term study to show how far these benefits may be attained in a randomized study; effects on school, sense of inner sense and life well being, and on Full Scale IQ. Hope this is helpful.

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