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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: As to the critiques of social media as well, this is actually becoming the age of information. Focus is becoming reduced but regardless of one's capabilities to pay attention, WHAT one chooses to pay attention to has to do with the things that one value's and those things which inspire the individual. In North Africa and throughout the Middle East, during the recent wave of democratization known as the "Arab Uprisings", Twitter, a fast paced social media space, aided the diffusion of political ideas in a quick and digestible fashion. Social media can serve the same functions as "pamphleting" in those social and cultural revolutions that predate the internet. Social media also has the power to make a local problem into a concern of the international communities. Media-centric society is not necessarily the problem, it is the things that we want to see and communicate which have drowned out matters of importance. The renewal of consciousness will most importantly rely on the realization that unconsciousness is dangerous and deadly to society and that society is most important to our survival.
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      Sep 29 2011: I see no evidence that the collective human race has ever been conscious. Our present awakening could be the very first time.
      Oops! Someone hit the snooze bar, again.

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