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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 think there may be critical assumption in the framing of the question:

    "Everyone WANTS and needs maximum mental performance..."

    The assumption that everyone wants maximum mental performance indicates one of the serious problems with why the development of our collective consciousness may not be occurring (or at least not at a rate some people desire); it is quite possible that people actually do NOT want this - it may simply not be a consideration for them, perhaps because they don't have a sense of the NEED, or non-"necessary" benefits, of it.

    If this may be the case, then it would raise a number of questions as to WHY someone may not care about developing their mental performance / consciousness. I feel that, here in America, this may be because many of our systems, be they institutional, social-cultural, etc, are not exactly promoting the sort of attitudes and behaviors that view "consciousness development" or "intellectual growth" as positive and worthy of time-investment.

    Unfortunately, there may even be institutions, attitudes, or individuals that almost oppose such development (writing it off as "too intellectual" or "too academic" or simply "stupid" or "pointless").
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      Sep 28 2011: Bad attitudes do lower IQ. I personally believe every one of us has a genius within themselves that wants to break out of its subconscious prison. The key is to not listen to the nos and realize it can be done by everyone.
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      Sep 29 2011: Yes, and to Kevin Taylor's point that cultural bias may impede solutions, I see drift in institutions in the West and N.America where excellence is praised too little and political leaders limit ideas to talking points and extreme rhetoric for their base of support. In my INK talk on TED, I touch on where we will find the will--the collective consciousness--to address issues such as climate change, so that the Human Channel can stay on the air as the universe's most fascinating reality show.

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