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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?

Due to enthusiastic responses we are keeping this conversation for two days!

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 think we can also consider Maslow's hierachy of need theory. The majority of individuals are content to have achieved the first 3 levels either through personal effort or social support. As humans our basic physical and emotional needs are more of a focus than our mental agility or our ability of to "reach our full potential". A futher subset of individuals will strive for the 4th and 5th level because that is part of their nature, and its the natural order of life to want more. The ability to have a mind that strives for more knowledge, and or better use of waking consciousness is a nutured trait taught by whoever is responsible for our formative years. We learn the ability to maximise time through experiences we gained in our youth. By the time we reach adulthood, the distractions of today's society, and our need to just have the basic physical, emotional and social requirement catered for, can leave even the most brilliant mind fatigued and inept to reach for conscious growth.
    • Sep 27 2011: Maslow's theory figures very highly in this sort of work BUT it's not a complete course. I still love it though.
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      Sep 28 2011: I think the question is where the true balance lies between nature and nurture. To take the four Cs of Consciousness I raise in INK on TED, my goal is some long term population studies and see the outcome. Not simply accept that some limp in their learning and accept the first 3 levels of Maslow's hierarchy, but understand the sub processes of consciousness and see how far each mind can then rise toward Actual Mind.

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