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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 29 2011: 'Why are these solutions [to making "the most of our consciousness"] a hidden secret?'

    There are several reasons for this. I have found that if you pose this question to 100 so called thinking experts, they will give you more than 100 answers. All of these answers will be incomplete, few will describe the actual thinking processes, which will also be incomplete, and all answers will be needlessly complicated and difficult to understand for all but the highly educated, which are the ones who need to improve their thinking abilities the least.

    "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?"

    This is a problem I have been working on for the past several years. The answer can be found in the way we define the method of communication between the participants in a collective consciousness endeavor.

    If we allow complete freedom of communication, the conversation usually devolves quickly into illogical thinking and angry uncivil behavior towards other participants. Conversely, if we are overly restrictive, such as a town hall meeting conducted under 'Robert's Rules of Order', many of the participants will feel alienated and frustrated by a cumbersome and complicated process that they believe serves to stifle their input. Also, many people enter a problem solving discussion with a hidden agenda, and because of that, they take sides and take ownership of ideas that have not been fully explored. Like a high school debate, their goal is to win the argument, and not to collaborate with one another to find the the best possible solutions with the greatest consensus.

    These issues, among others that serve only to limit effective communication between the participants and to stifle collaboration, can be eliminated by using the right system. I explain one possible solution here:


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