• States of Intelligence

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    What’s been going on inside your head the last few minutes?

    Would you call these goings-on intelligence?

    Do these thoughts even matter enough to remember?

     

    CONSCIOUSNESS    What happens in our heads is just a small part of intelligence. This conscious awareness is more of an end effect than a cause. As much as we people like to think that we are cause of our lives, this bit of self-assurance is misplaced. However, we could consciously broaden our sense of self, and thereby expand on intelligence. What we call “self” and “intelligence” is about to get bigger.

    NUMBERS    The very practical way to see what is intelligence is through numbers. Intelligence is how many neurons with how many connections firing at what rate over what period of time and using how many sensors employing how many systems developed through what extent of resources and with x number of safeguards and feedback loops. Boring. This has no meaning. To be intelligent all this technology has to also employ the human element, the creation of meaning.

    FIRST STATE   The first level of intelligence begins with admitting to not knowing what is meaning. We thought we knew. We thought our role models and teachers were giving us the God-sent truth of existence. But when we look the gift-horse in the mouth, we see that their motives and ideas arise from a complex, and unrefined, set of variables. Their numbers don’t add up.

    EGO    Life is quite the adventure operating from chaos. The meaning we give life is the little bit of order we create and then pretend to have control. This idea of control, of an ego, is then at odds with humility which yet would create a great deal more of meaning and order.

    STATES    Once a decision is made that humility is intelligence, then what? This humility is one part of self-awareness. If we can gain control over other parts, we begin to convert the Trojan Horse into a meaning machine. Only the humble person is ready to look at self as possibly mineral, vegetable, animal, sapient, social and spiritual.

    SECOND STATE    Mineral? Vegetable? What do these have to do with intelligence? But intelligence arises from these things. Minerals allow my body and mind to function. If I fail to tend to this need, then I will deteriorate into levels of stupidity. Vegetables, not only do I need to consume them for their chemicals, but also we share an ecosystem that allows life. If I fail to tend to this need, then I will fail to tend the resources of intelligence. I will have lapsed into the slumber of stupidity.

    THIRD STATE    Consideration for our foundations, the mineral and ecological systems that allow life, is basic for defining intelligence. A level up from that is our sapient existence. People are aware that they are aware. Having this condition is one thing. Creating meaning because of this condition is entirely another matter. The ego wants to have already arrived at meaning so it can go on as being something, doing something meaningful. We claim this ego state of intelligence is safe and fun, but it also makes us afraid to change. People with humility, however, will ask, “What can I do with my sapience, what more is it for?”

    SKY    Sapience is for deciding what has meaning. The sky is the limit. We are able to think about self in this universe in many ways and come to any number of conclusions and make any number of actions. The way before us is so vast it seems unlimited. The prospect of this adventure, in the mind of the sapient, would have been sufficient stimuli to drive intelligence to evolve itself in a grand relationship with the universe. Yet are there more levels to our states of intelligence, and we do not escape their influence.

    FOURTH STATE    Relationship is the next level. Intelligence is social. No mind exist as a singular intelligence but rather is connected and dependent on everything and throughout time. Sentience has some small control over enculturation, but the mindset of humanity determines the mindset of the individual. Even if an individual manages to think outside the box, he is still stuck in a warehouse full of boxes. Culture is a powerful drive determining the limits of intelligence, or determining the thrust of intelligence. It depends on how much a culture fights for their ego or trusts in humility. If humility is the thrust of the culture, then a push for intelligence will be the next step. Society will work as a team to cause more neurons firing faster, and more sensors using more systems with more safeguards and feedback loops. Working together for intelligence is the next level of intelligence. This exponential leap into the creation of meaning is powered by humility.

    FIFTH STATE    What ever hypothesis or experience you may have regarding consciousness as more than a body, thank you. You are humble enough to ask the question. Are there unseen influences? A few hundred years ago radio waves did not exist, and it was considered foolish to even guess at such a thing. But humans were missing 98% of what was perceivable in our universe. Since then, our universe has grown far more extent and complex. In all humility, we have no idea how we will perceive life in another 200 years. As we manage control over vibrations, we may see ourselves as vibration. As people validate their experience with the beyond, we could see ourselves as connected with a greater life. The point is that intelligence is an evolving experience. As the numbers of intelligence evolve so does our concept of intelligence evolve. This evolution will necessarily happen as a culture. Then the culture will role model a larger sense of self for the individual consciousness. To proceed in this direction, it is humility that drives belief in the impossible.

    COLLAPSE    Given that intelligence is how we create and evolve meaning, and that society needs a big dose of humility to get intelligence back on track, what is the stimulus to push humanity in the right direction? Social collapse would do it. Pull the rug out from under ego, destroying the meaning that ego relied on, and ego disappears for the moment. Such an event would also ruin our numbers, so maybe we don’t want to go there, starting over the evolution of intelligence. Maybe we can start from where we are at. We are connecting globally, educating most everyone, and creating technologies that then produce systems that will leverage our intelligence even further. So, of what we have, where is the solution?

    RESOURCES    Restoring our evolution of intelligence can begin now. The power to do so lies in our systems. It is a matter of using our many sensors that employ our many systems with x number of safeguards and feedback loops. Much is already in place. We have Google and Wikipedia and Facebook and smart phones and computers. We have social networking in multiple forms. We have automated services coming up everywhere. Robotics and AI will create a revolution even faster than the last. Everything is in place to fuel an evolution in intelligence. Meaning is about to expand. What is “self” is about to expand. Consciousness is about to expand. So what is the key that turns on the intelligence machine?

    RESTORATION    The key is in the hands of the few, the humble, who still believe in the impossible. They leap over the ego that is afraid of change, to arrive at an adventure unlike anything before. These people understand they are here to create meaning. We have a place for them to do just that. iAmSapien was created as a system that will leverage the intelligence of the humble, leverage their mental abilities and their resources into action. These activated people are our role models for a new tomorrow. They will demonstrate that courage is the path to happiness, a bigger self, and the evolution of meaning.

     

     

  • If You Can Explain it to a Six Year Old…

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    “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” Albert Einstein

    Should a six year old ask what is iAmSapien, my reply might look something like this.

    You asked, what is iAmSapien?

    “Yes”, the child replies.

    It is like this. When you and your friends want to have fun, you get together at your house, is that right?

    “Yes, and sometimes at Gina’s and sometimes at Bobby’s, or maybe we just play outside.”

    I understand. And when you meet you have to decide what you want to do. Do you talk with each other to decide?

    “Well, we might argue a little, but we decide, and go have fun.”

    When you play, you share your toys?

    “I share my soccer ball and goals, Gina shares her play house, and Bobby lets us play his video games.”

    Playing house, I guess everyone shares their imagination, playing the part they do best. Is that true?

    “We like playing house. We get to act like adults, fixing and cooking and  doing the big things.”

    I suppose you wish the big things all got done very well, and without a lot of yelling. Is that how you play house?

    “Sometimes its just fun. Sometimes Bobby is bossy and won’t let us say or do what we want.”

    Well, iAmSapien is a lot like playing house but on the computer. Everyone comes to have fun, and not yell or be bossy. We get to do the big things. We freely share our ideas. We imagine the best things. This makes playing together great. Do you understand now what is iAmSapien?

    “It’s like when me and my friends are happy, and we play all day, and we do everything together. It just means you are nice.”

    That’s right.

     

  • Sex and Civil War

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    Any discussion of sexuality is necessarily titillating. This makes the discussion more fun, but it is also the gist of the issue at hand.

    Freudian psychology solved the problem of sexuality and human integrity, or so I was told. I’m just having such a difficult time finding anyone in society who role models this integration of sexual impulses with daily life to create peace and happiness. So, even if Dr. Freud resolved the issue, we still have a long way to go.

    Where are we going? Maybe we should determine this prior to wondering off. To sum up the situation, people want to live, and live well. They want to live happy. To do so will require the resources of a biosphere, the cooperation of society, the intelligence of individuals, and a culture of rules that stabilize and lubricate social functions.

    Assuming the existence of resources, cooperation and intelligence, where we are going is a matter of cultural rules. What are the rules that help us cooperate to intelligently use resources? Among these rules, how do we manage procreation as means to get to peace and happiness?

    To answer this question of rules, perhaps we should look at the foundations of the question before jumping to conclusions. First, procreation is fundamentally necessary to continuing life. Second, this importance is fundamentally integrated into the body’s physical systems. It is integrated as physical structure, chemical structure, neural structure, and in cognitive structure as a need to socialize. In the great scheme of things, sex is part of the miraculous sharing of data about life through dispersal of genetic code. Life not only changes to survive the elements, but also recreates itself into diverse and grander forms by way of information management. The whole thing is an experiment in creativity that feeds back on itself for more creative process.

    Is creative process the essence of sexuality? Is sex a form of art, a process to be enjoyed and appreciated? That would be one option as a cultural rule. Isn’t it interesting, that in opposition to a lazy life conserving energy, instead we are genetically programmed for consistent stimulation. We are compelled to get off our duffs and go create such that the code of life recreates itself. We are compelled to burn energy and take risk as part of a universal mission to create.

    Humans are interesting in that they take an extra step in the creative process. Cultural rules are anything we want to make up. As co-creators with the universe we must ask, are we cooperative co-creators with the universe? We were given the special ability to create via a self-image, an ego, that decides for itself its relationship with the universe. This is a dominant feature distinguishing humans, that we can decide what we are, apart from the environment. We can imagine that we are somehow lord of our existence. We don’t need to follow rules formulated over the last fourteen billion years. Instead we can live in an instant bubble of imagination that floats off into its own universe.

    However, should humans accept the fact of living in this universe (may we call it Todd?) then we would have to modify our cultural rules to be more in line with universal rules. We would have to become congruent. We would have integrity. We could become integrated. We could find peace and happiness simply because we decided not to be in conflict with ourselves.

    Okay, so what might sexuality look like if cultural rules came into alignment with what exists? What if the fighting stopped internally, cognitively? What if the argument stopped between parents and children, between schools and pupils, between religious beliefs and the needs of life? What if a space opened to breathe, to feel, to express, and to create. What if integration occurred and thus came also order and ease and understanding. Without being self-conflicted, what if everything just seemed to come together and make sense? Then what would we have?

    If the working order of the universe became the working order of the human ego, then we would experience congruency. People could feel the impulse to create, and also speak of it. People could speak of the creative process and also plan their day to make it happen. People could cause a creative process while acting in line with broad intentions. Sexuality would function in line with spiritual beliefs, in line with government oversight, with regard for human health and health of the ecosystem, and cooperative for other’s happiness as well as one’s own. In short, the cultural rules that govern our day to day living would be integrated with the creative nature of all humanity and the universe.

    Being dis-integrated tends to clean the slate. We have before us an open road to integration. It is a path to happiness, to ease, to peace. The impulse to take this path is strong as sexuality. But built in to the universe are other impulses, such as the desire to live when confronted with death. No matter how strong the ego impulse to live in its own fictitious universe, the universe will drive home an impulse to integrate. When this occurs, iAmSapien will be there to help restructure the ego’s image of reality.

  • Why the Universe?

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    I appreciate the simple questions, like, why the universe? But perhaps just as interesting is the question, why would anyone need to know?

    You may have heard of the butterfly effect as part of chaos theory.  If a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil, a tornado
    may result in Texas. Perhaps more pertinent is that a supernova exploded many light years away, and then plants and animals formed on a planet we call Earth. The point here is that everything is connected. It is also true that everything is in motion. There is change, and everything is changing together. The all of it, whatever that is, that is changing together, is our universe. We people, like the butterflies, are here flapping our wings. What grand effect might we have, maybe something in the distance we may never be aware of?

    We people are broadcasting television signals across the universe. We send laser beams and radio signals. Photons and particles contact us, and then remember us, as they continue a journey through the stars. One day our space ships may journey to other galaxies. The message these astronauts will carry is currently being written by you and me. Our message, written now, is connected with, and influences, the message sent into infinity many years from now.

    Even time itself is connected. Some believe the past is affected by the present. In experiments with light, photons seem to know things apart from time, and react accordingly. So perhaps the decisions we make in some way are an influence on the past.

    So why the universe? Why this complicated soup that stirs itself and creates its own ingredients? What purpose might it be fulfilling? Well, if we look at the simplest explanation, the most basic, then what is different about our universe is that it decides itself. Not just that, but it decides itself and then is forced to use the consequences that eventuate to decide again. In effect, our universe creates its own direction.

    Well, if that is true, what does it mean to people? We people want to know what we are in this universe in a way that has meaning. Exactly. People want meaning. And in this universe, what is meaningful has been reduced to the simplest of equations. Either add one to zero (the meaning of chaos), or subtract one from zero. From the place we are at, zero, and of no meaning, we decide to add one or subtract one and create meaning by doing so. It is important to know this because now we know we have a choice to produce an actual effect, and that effect becomes our decision now, in the future, and backward in time. People create their own meaning.

    If the butterfly flapped its wings, creating a hurricane, and wiped out three hundred miles of coastal towns and coral reefs, we might say this was a minus one decision. When the supernova exploded and gave earth the minerals needed to sustain life and civilization, we might say this was a plus one decision. As each human flaps their wings in a particular way, we each have positive or negative effects daily, yearly, and into infinity. The messages we send will be managed a hundred years from now, and again by us as the decision ripples back through time. The opportunity to be our own cause of evolution, and of meaning, is of exponential quality.

    Why we are here is to simply be aware that cause is effect is cause is effect. I hear Bruce Lipton repeat this concept on his website. As people think, so do we cause chemical changes in our bodies, and our health is affected positively or negatively. From personal experience I can say for certain that changes to my health are an effect that then become cause for my own thoughts. My thinking follows my health to become plus one or minus one. My choice to evolve or devolve is my own moment by moment.

    As humanity plays with negativity, the many minus ones result in a particular condition, an effect we cannot escape. This is the meaning of the universe and the meaning to humans. The power of operating the simple equation is in our hands always. And there is really no intelligence to it, it is such a simple decision.

    Greater than questioning the meaning of the universe is the question why humanity, with all its ability to reflect on its actions and imagine a truly miraculous future, why we would choose a minus one existence. Really, given that the simplest of equations is all there is to realize existence in this amazing universe, why would the masses choose the wrong direction? Secondly, what is keeping the naysayers from holding a plus one existence? With the advent of the iAmSapien website, the answer is, nothing. Nothing is keeping the plus ones from flapping their wings and causing the world to turn in another direction. The cause and effect of a new world is already here as your own plus one is added to the zero meaning of chaos. It is the simplest of decisions, one you make now, and thus create meaning for your self now and for eternity.

    Create your own meaning, and change the course of the universe, on iAmSapien.

     

     

  • Harvey and the Pink Elephant

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    Harvey is a human-sized rabbit. You can’t see him but he is very real as part of the social mind of at least a few people. The pink elephant is just that, a bright pink-colored elephant. Many people understand that they could see the pink elephant if they wanted to, but almost no-one chooses to see this common creature.

    Strange creatures make up the persona of our social culture. These are not creatures we commonly consider. Apparently, because they have faded into the background, we have developed a subconscious fear of knowing them and knowing ourselves. Harvey represents our wiser knowledge of self. In our split minds, the irresponsible nature has taken control of our seeing. Our responsible nature is still there, in the background, whispering, trying to get our attention. But he is no fun. The reckless life is our dominant strategy for living. We prefer to have the pink elephant occupy the center place in the room. We don’t see him, but with Harvey whispering from the closet, there is always the fear that someone might speak up.

    Okay, so what is our culture as a pink elephant society? This is survival at peak use of resources. Because resources are plentiful and easy, it is also easy to focus on extravagance, expansionism, hedonism, and other selfish intentions. With all the fuss to grab up resources, society gets lost in the fuss. Our competitive push-pull occupies our emotions, our thoughts, and every minute of the day. The fuss spreads even to those lacking resources. With the cultural norm being irresponsibility, if a few individuals do a little with their meager resources, it seems a loosing battle. They construct a french drain while a tidal wave sweeps away their home.

    In our pink elephant society, happiness is grabbing up resources. Happiness is knowing someone else is responsible for infrastructure, for healthcare, for national defense, and for raising our children. Happiness is fussing over technology. Happiness is silencing that rabbit in the closet with use of medications and intoxicants. At a minimum, we tune in each day to hours of mindless television and pointless bickering. Taking responsible action would be a foolish thing.

    So, what is our nature as a Harvey culture? What would it mean to let the rabbit out of the closet? First of all, the people who pay attention to the rabbit will have somehow lost their fear the elephant. Or, maybe the elephant was just never part of their culture growing up. Engrained in these people is the potential for happiness not derived from competition for resources, happiness that is not the shucking of responsibility or silencing a voice of reason. Someone showed them it is safe to enjoy learning, safe to explore, safe to know themselves, and safe to act in a manner that benefits everyone.

    The Harvey nature, being enculturated, still is not clearly visible. People just know it is normal, it is happiness, to understand life, to support each other, and to take responsibility that everything works right and works together. Just as taking a glass of water makes sense when thirsty, so does it make sense to be responsible and so be happy. Enculturation makes this a common knowing, but much like living in an atmosphere, or a fish living in water. There is no expectation that responsibility needs to be a topic of discussion. We all know it is our survival and our happiness. It is our way of life.

    The pink elephant is not up for discussion. Nor is Harvey the rabbit up for discussion. Yet, here is society trying to manage dual enculturation where irresponsibility is happiness and responsibility is happiness. Even the fact of enculturation is not up for discussion. In spite of all our shut-up-and-put-up disposition, there is still potential at every turn. Our great minds, our reasoning ability, our deep sense of social purpose have not gone away. Does there exist a prompt to swing the persona of our culture toward a Harvey society?

    Yes, people could speak up and complain. They could say that infrastructure is failing, that healthcare is failing, that our children are failing, and that technology has failed to fix these things. However, our society of fuss actually enjoys all the fuss. Fussing supports fuss. We need another way to swing the social consciousness. We need un-fuss. We a positive flow upward that also creates a vacuum, a hole, in the fabric of irresponsibility. The elephant people need to say, “What the h***, how can those people be so d*** happy?” A little confusion and a little jealousy may go a long way. A household, a community, a town that finds happiness and strength in communal wisdom could be strong role models that other households, communities, and towns might follow. But there is the issue, how to make our rabbit people strong and how to make them role models?

    First, we say the base principle, the foundation of the Harvey principles. This is done here. What we were not to talk about has been said. Our foundation is this vision of life where happiness is responsibility. Second, each person signing up for our Harvey community needs to declare their part, their expertise, and their intention to learn from the experts. Do this as an avatar on iAmSapien. Third, initiate responsibility by taking part in an activity on the Activate Matrix. Fourth, show off our happy people. Make them the talk of the town. Make them the go-to icons on social media. Say how hopeful and happy you are being part of something that works.

  • A Need for Happiness

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    If it weren’t for the challenges of life, what would be the fun? But life is terribly challenging. So, the thing is to make the challenge fun.

    Hold your friends close. Hold your enemies closer. Might this wisdom apply to the challenges of life? What if we bring the enemy close so to win them over to our side. We might turn what was painful into fun.

    Some of the challenges of life are: Finding happiness to learn after schooling has made learning unhappy. Finding joy in taking on risk after parents have worked so hard to remove risk. Being comfortable with the unknown after ego has become based in the pretense of knowing. Finding delight in emotions after culture taught us to dissociate feelings from our words. Feeling secure in one’s inherent ability to be wise though the milieu demands oppression.

    Beside all these challenges, should we even mention that people must deal with life and death, the spiritual and the earthly, the moral and the unjust, order verses chaos, instinct verses reason, and a need for peace and beauty while strength seems empowered by violence.

    These are life’s challenges. To turn them to our side, we must find joy in holding them close until they become our cause of joy. Embrace education. Smile at parents. Laugh at emotions. Talk about death. Hold strong your peace and beauty. Above all, sing about humility. It is the beginning of wisdom.

    Think about it. How many challenges are dealt with effectively through unwise actions? If people want happiness, and surely they do, would not our culture place a high value on wisdom? Wouldn’t it be normal for people to aspire to wisdom, talk about wisdom, and build structures in behalf of wisdom? Wouldn’t people seek wise media at least as much as they seek distraction?

    There is a massive challenge in today’s society. All the challenges listed above have become moot points because they have been swamped by the greater challenge, hopelessness. If hope is an inkling that one can manifest happiness through wisdom, then hopelessness is a belief that one’s mental abilities will bring frustration and pain. This is the challenge now engaging our society. Abstaining from wisdom, people find good reason to seek happiness in addictions. It is a mistaken belief that with less thought there will be less pain.

    How is that working?  Does unwise action lead to happiness? Obviously not, but there is a great delusion spreading across our society that believes less wisdom is more happiness. So, if this is today’s challenge, how do we hold it close? Where is the fun in dealing with this irony?

    The answer is in the phrase from The Godfather Part II, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. It was more than a lesson from dad. Somehow, dad would have demonstrated the power in engaging others positively, then to use closeness to leverage change. This was dad role modeling how to achieve happiness. We need more role models demonstrating the power of engaging life. We need people to demonstrate the relationship between wisdom and happiness. This we might do in many ways. Here, we focus on one in particular.

    The website, iAmSapien, is here to challenge you to role model your power. Model positive and happy engagement. The ways to role model your happiness include: Vote for what is the best wisdom and link with these. Comment because you enjoy adding to the wisdom. Create an article from your greatest joy. Link with others holding close your friends and more so those you debate. Create groups that manifest your wisdom as an expression of happiness in the world. We are here to demonstrate the relationship between happiness and wisdom. Together we are a powerful role model for the world.

     

  • Electricity is in the Air

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    July 7, 2017 and through the weekend was the Energy Science and Technology Conference in Hayden Idaho. We met at the  Eagles Lodge, an absolutely wonderful venue for the event. The conference is a scientific review of the latest technology bringing us new energy and new ways to use energy. It is also a review of physical laws and demonstrates why our common understanding may not be exactly the right understanding. These ideas and technology sent my head spinning. Blew my mind. The people are all so very interesting. Never enough time for all the conversations.

    iAmSapien had set up a table . The message to the technology wizards, “Get your information out there!”. This was also the message of the conference. Everyone came together to support each other, to learn, and then go out there and change the world. Everyone at the conference seemed to believe now is the time. Now is our opportunity.

    iAmSapien is here to help the wizards get the message out there. The opportunity is here. Many people can come together to support each other, to learn, and then go out there and change the world. Our potential to work together was demonstrated at the energy conference. It is incredible what shows up even at this local event.

  • A Little Autobiography

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    Less important is where something happened, and more important is why something happened. Why did someone named, Robert take action that others might be empowered to change the world? The answer to this may indicate if I am any sort of role model for others to follow.

    I grew up very meek and introverted. I count this as not a quality of role modeling. I had no sense of inner resourcefulness or empowerment. The pain of living each day in uncertainty brought me, time and again, to a place of questioning why I am here and whether I have to stay here. Life was vaguely fun at times, but mostly a scary place run by god-like adults who controlled every minutia. I believed surely they must know what is good for me and where the world is going.

    As a teen I had inklings that the adults didn’t really know what they were doing. Surely though, there is a source of wisdom on planet earth. Surely, somewhere in the great religions they have answered the questions, why are we here, where are we going, and how are we to be fulfilled. So then, Robert, with no good role models of his own, decided to embark on a journey of self-education, and guided by this one assumption, that an answer must be out there.

    Ten years of religious fervor brought me again to a familiar place. The adults really don’t know what is going on. Everyone seems stuck in their small world with little courage or ambition to look at the big universe. Still did I take on studies of health, physics, spiritualism, behaviorism, education, communication, child development and permaculture. And still I arrived at the conclusion that most people really don’t know what they are talking about, or don’t know how this connects with that to make a change in the world. Exceptions to this rule are the last three on my list: communication, child development and permaculture. Marshall Rosenberg connected feelings with communication with changes in the environment. Joseph Chilton Pearce connected many environmental factors with the inner life of a child and with the external life of humanity. Michael Pilarsky “Skeeter” is my role model, who in his special way, intellectually sees the intricate workings of humans in accord with nature, and then integrated this awareness with the community environment to create an education process, and ultimately, an effective process to change the planet. To save the planet.

    All this reading and study and classes engaged my intellect and my interest. However, spirituality was not left behind. Neale Donald Walsch wrote the books, “Conversations with God”. Neale connected this life with the bigger, universal picture. Life is a journey from human confusion, pain and desires, to a place of realizing purpose, to a place of activating the power within us. The possibility of a solid moral and spiritual code pushed me onward even when my old feelings of meekness and weakness crept in to swallow up any belief in myself or tomorrow. Email messages from Neale always seems to hit the mark, pushing me. I took a leap and believed the impossible true. I might actually do something meaningful.

    What to do with my life? At 56 years of age I was asking what am I going to do with my life. I wanted something that might have meaning to me and to others. Girlfriends, church, and learning had not resolved the issue of finding wisdom and meaning. So what is it I could be part of that would bring a sense of fulfillment? It would have to be something that grew knowledge not from ego, but from a place of humility and understanding. Knowledge also needed a place of connection.

    Mind you, I could not verbalize my need at the time. Instead, my subconscious brain went to work piecing together my experiences from the works of Neale, Marshall, Joseph and Michael. My subconscious pulled together many bits of wisdom, together with determination, to do an unknown something, and very contrary to the personality of Robert. At times I remembered the lesson from Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of The Story”, where entrepreneurs, though badly beaten, found in themselves the wherewithal to rise again, to try again, to succeed.

    Most of what came next was logical thinking. There is a need to reach many people, and globally, and cheaply. Therefore, fulfilling this need would happen using the web (I knew almost nothing about the web.) The site would ask people to find their inner resourcefulness rather than me trying to tell people anything (I had no idea how to direct people to their own wisdom). The information and decisions of the global community would have to be organized in a practical and easy manner (Again, I had no idea how this organization would turn out). However, I realized that if many people were voting on ideas, materials, and actions, then their votes could organize the best on top (A year later I discovered crowdsourcing and crowdfunding). The logical thing to do next was to find programmers who could put this together and get it on the web. Again, I had no idea where to turn.

    My Naturopathic Physician recommended Alex Altotsky to do the programming. This was after I had failed with some goofballs from the local college. Very nervously, I met with Alex in Portland, OR. Signed papers. And Robert’s project, a place he might find meaning and fulfillment, was underway. Still, poor Robert had no idea what he was in for. Maybe this was for the best because, had I known, I might never have taken the leap. What was imagined to be several months work took over two years just to get the basics in place. What was imagined to be a three-person job should have been maybe thirty people on the project. We got by with about six.

    Why so complex? The concept for the project was vague. The implementation of the logic was organic. Thank goodness for Sarah and Marina to instilled some sanity into the flow from me to Alex. Even with their help the complexity was tormenting. Well over a hundred thousand lines of code written from over two thousand stories describing the functions of the site. Each story on Atlassian Jira could include a description, an assignment to the next person, images, comments, links and values (a complexity not unlike our own website). An additional layer of complexity was necessary to make the site appear simple and user friendly. Perfect logic was needed in my mind, and perfectly conveyed to the team. Where this did not occur, the web page failed, and the story came back to me for revision. This added expense and time was frustrating for the whole team. In mid stream, the web technologies were being updated by their creators. Our site followed suit, updating the programming. The team learned new skills.

    I learned new skills. Or were my thought skills developed in me because I spent so much time digesting Neale’s books, the Bible, and A Course in Miracles. Behaviorism and study of child development had turned my ideas of humanity upside down. Perhaps the development of a complex web platform was simply the next step in my own mental evolution.

    Is any of this a role model for other’s evolution? I could only guess. I’m guessing many others would benefit from book study, classes, and counseling such as I went through (Don’t I wish my parents had done so!). Might anyone benefit knowing that inside me, unseen, was a lengthy process of tormented decisions? Yes, I took the time to take care of myself. I would take the time to study. I would make the effort to put my learning into action and into new thinking. But know this, every decision was a result of choosing courage and risk over comfort and safety. This one decision, unseen, is what I regard as my attribute as a role model. Being intelligent, skilled or gifted, I can’t say I had these to give to others. At 56 years of age I used courage to pull together the little that I had. Then I spent my savings believing in the possibility that others would want to engage their own courage to bring their own dream into action.

  • Triage the World

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    So much happening in the world! How do we divvy up our time, money and resources in a logical manner and for the most people’s happiness?

    First of all, there is a only a great deal to do only if the burden is on a few shoulders. We have billions of people, each of whom could shoulder a small portion of the burden. Myself, a person who has given thousands of hours of volunteer time, I can say it has not been a burden to do what increases my sense of self worth and my sense of community. The sense of meaning added to my life is a greater value than if I had I spent the time selfishly. I came from a family of selfish getters in a community that was all about getting. So now I can report from experience that getting does not get a person much of anything in terms of inner resourcefulness. Rather it creates a disease called wanting.

    There is our simple answer. Inner resourcefulness and community activities lead to self-worth and a small burden to any person who acts to make the world a better place. Community activities will return to the individual valuable resources, both inner and outer. This answers our question as to what we should triage to save the world. Triage for the passion in people who appreciate community and their own self worth.

    Still, there is the question of how we will activate these individuals. Of the many factors that today diminish the individual and separate them from community, I personally see education as paramount. Let us use the Sudbury model for education and make it more community interactive. In this way create thousands of confident youth eager to help their community evolve. My idea, or anyone’s idea, is merely an idea. Whatever we may triage, it must have action potential. Who are the people to implement our ideas?

    We have already answered this question above. A burden on the shoulders of many makes for light work. So the real question is, how do we activate the many? This item itself is up for triage. To find an easy answer we might look at what is already working. It already works to be a member of an organization, perhaps a church. Perhaps the Lions Clubs. Perhaps Unesco or the Peace Corps. (Please Google many more.) All these people have put great thought and resources into changing the world for the better. Not only has humanity benefited, but the volunteers improved their own sense of worth and learned a new perspective on life.

    If thousands of volunteer efforts already shape the world, what more is needed? Is the job of triage already complete? For an answer, we could ask any of the volunteer programs if the mission is funded, resources established, and good people in place already finishing the job. We might guess the answer is no. The weight of the world is on the shoulders of the few.

    What all these people demonstrate, however, is that for many of us, the nature of success is the joining of hearts with intention, lightening the burden of humanity. Whether we remedy a tragedy or enhance the life we already have, the action of community is how change becomes real. How well we do community, and how well we choose our activities, is how well we triage the planet. This is the bigger thought. One person may decide for a group. A group may decide for a country. A collusion of country leaders may decide for a planet. However, these few individuals and groups are missing the essential point. It is involvement of the broader community, their passion and their skills, that lighten the burden of the few. There is just too much for a group of leaders, a leader of a group, or a church to do by themselves. Thousands of individual volunteer groups can only put a dent in the planetary needs. However, if we work together…

    I posed my suggestion, what if we look at what is already working? There is already the means to involve the community at large, asking their passion to say what will change and who will do the changing. It is crowdsourcing. Using computers and smart phones and the web the community, called humanity, can now follow its own leadership to form its own groups and take its own actions for change. It is proven technology. It is already being done. Many people currently cooperate and alleviate the burden of the few. With a slight tweak we can do this in the broader community. The work will be light. The effect will be large.

    The first step for our global crowdsourcing is asking the world questions like these: What is the number one activity? What is the number two activity? What is the local activity? What is the national activity? What is the Atlantic ocean activity? What is the top physics activity? The second step, often missed, is asking, what is the most intelligent method of addressing this activity? Third we ask, who are the people to take action and make it happen? Fourth we ask, who wants to fund and otherwise support these people who are saving the world? These questions are simple enough. We can do this. Fine, but where do we ask these questions?

    iAmSapien.com. This website employs crowdsourcing at every level. It is all about inner resourcefulness and community activity. It allows for the questions to be asked locally, nationally, and globally. Here you crowdsource a culture or crowdsource the world. So go now to the Triage Matrix on the site where the decisions regarding triage are made. From there, the community, as an organic collaboration, will find the intelligence, the resources, and the people to make change happen. Sign up now as a member on the site. Write your article, make your connections. Get involved.

    The greater community is now here for the greater good.

     

  • The Deeper Meaning of the Meaning of Life

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    Marshall Rosenberg* was correct. I heard him say on several occasions, “People want meaning.” People may ask, “What is the great meaning of life?” However, for humans, we are limited to the bit of meaning we can create in our minds and from our experience. Rarely do people claim to experience true reality. Even then, to my estimate, they stretch their minds to make meaning of what they felt or saw or knew. We people are stuck in this reality as it is today. So, it is not unreasonable to begin with what we have been given.

    People have been given a desire to find meaning. To discover, create and share meaning, that is our job. Pause for a moment to consider what is meaningful in your life.

    Now consider how you enjoy sharing what is meaningful to you.

    That people want meaning is not really the question here. The right question is, how do we perform our job well to create and share meaning?

    From foundations. That is how anything is done well. Because we live in the phenomena called time, all that exist is seen to occur through a process, from smaller to bigger, from simple to complex. Meaning, though an abstraction of mind, is also subject to this rule. What are the foundations of meaning which we then take on as a process through time?

    Sounds like a big question. So, let’s make it simple. Entropy is the dissipation of energy. Along with energy loss would be the dissipation of the process that constructs complexity. But while there are still bursts of energy in localized areas, so will there be the building of molecules, the building of stars and planets, and possibly the outcome we call consciousness. Then will consciousness use abstraction to seek its own order. We abstract our own meaning by seeking additional process and order. This universal process that moves energy away from chaos to order, to consciousness, to meaning, is the given order of things. So this process is the foundation for meaning. The universal process is our foundation for creating meaning.

    We create meaning and order and then we are happy. For consciousness, happiness is the motive for finding complexity and finding meaning. Obviously, if people were not motivated to create order and create meaning, then consciousness would have the task of disorder, loss of energy, and death. Consciousness would not exist. By default, our job is to be happy creating meaning.

    What a grand opportunity to exist, creating meaning, in a seemingly infinite universe. Our foundation is the universe itself. With that support behind us, our work is to refine the movement of energy, as this energy moves the clockwork of the universe through time. We get to be a part of this movement. We get to say what it all means. Wow!

    The creation of meaning is a process. It is difficult. So many options. How do we choose? There are several orders to this choosing. On the first order, if you choose wrong, you die. Following instincts to survive is a priority. In the second order, people choose enculturation. The culture we are born into impregnates our mind with the working social order. Maybe we will try to make the social order work a little better, or maybe just help the order continue working for a few more days if that is all the social order has in mind. The next order of choice finds happiness in putting together a picture of meaning larger than the cultural norm. These people might see a long term destiny or maybe a different order of being. Often culture will tell these people they have got it all wrong. So the alternative order will have to muster a counter force until the new order becomes meaningful to a stagnant culture. In time, evolution is not an option. Even if the cultural norm would self-destruct first, change will indeed occur.

    Evolution. Is that important? Remember, we live in the phenomena called time. Everything changes. Consciousness is here to keep up with the changes and even look ahead to the next change. Were it not so, consciousness would die because it would no longer fit in with the order of the universe. Consciousness must follow the order by refining the movement of energy into complexity. Humanity will go along for the ride or be left behind in the hands of entropy.

    So, back to the deeper meaning of meaning. Actually, it is meaningful that people find meaning in doing puzzles, making mud pies, exploring fashion, teasing with riddles, writing music. These are building the neural structure to manage more complex issues. Rocket science, government, financing, and military all have the same playful meaning, to create greater complexity as a foundation for greater complexity. This happens mentally and physically and at the same time. Should one get too far ahead of the other, control would be lost. Remember, the universe works like clockwork, building from small to large, and simple to complex. Everything works together, piece to piece and layer to layer.

    Mud pies, music, rocket science and war… all of these we do in behalf of happiness. Sex, being a great happiness, has a corresponding outcome of great complexity. It is called a baby. The clockwork of the universe created consciousness, and happiness, that humans would add their piece to the complexity. Contrary to this universal model is our model of education. Today’s education is an effort to divorce happiness from our appreciation of complexity. It is an attempt to dissociate complexity into painful, separated, units and then somehow dump these into the brains of youth. As if by magic we expect this disassociated dumping to prepare them to run the clockwork of society. Not gonna happen. The real education is the building of complex neural pathways with ability to manage the complexity as it evolves with time, and in behalf of happiness, so that we may all create order in line with the clockwork universe.

    Given that no individual can hold the universe on their shoulders, how is it that people are to run the clockwork order? How does one person cooperate with billions to make tomorrow a meaningful day? Oddly, the answer is enculturation. It is culture that moves people as a whole. But culture must learn to evolve. This evolution is less about learning everything about everything, and more about individuals building the neurology, the inner communication, to manage complexity. With the inner complexity in place, then comes the job to communicate order to the culture. As culture receives the clockwork order, the culture will need its own working neurology to communicate and act on new information.

    We have exceeded the abilities of government, financing, science, military and education to construct the next evolution of society as a clockwork. To manage the complexity that we have today demands a coordination of personal neural structure with the broader communication structure of the culture. If we succeed at coordinating communications, personal and cultural, then we will enable the individual to find their place in the march of time. We will enable happiness as the individual finds themselves part of the greater whole and the greater meaning. As we succeed at coordinating communications, then people will know the meaning of life because they will be part of meaning’s creation.

    Oops, that was too much. What were these last paragraphs saying? What is the clockwork of society? What is neural structure coordinated with the broader communication structure? The point here is that everything works together. As in the human body, cancerous tissues are to die, and the working tissues are to get the nutrition. Each organ tissue is to coordinate with all other tissues for the whole to be sustained. It is all a matter of quality of communication and cooperation. Given quality, energy is used in behalf of the highest order, the greatest complexity, for consciousness and its evolution through time. Such is true of the human body, of society, and of the universe as a whole. How do we know this? Simply because that is what is happening, for us, in our mental construct of time. Human culture has the (obvious) job to form tissues and organs that cooperate to evolve culture as a thing of consciousness.

    To manage this problem culture will have to evolve communication.

    This essay began with the question, “How do we perform our job well?… From foundations.” This is also true for the evolution of communication. But first, we must know what communication is. Communication takes inner thinking and makes it public so to structure public thinking. This public thinking then acts as a structure, and a force, to evolve inner thinking. Such is enculturation. This being so, what might be intrinsic to this cycle of communication that it would perform the job of manifesting more complex cognition? Well, we have been doing it all along. It is a process we have been evolving. However, we have not fully evolved our consciousness of the process. Time has gotten away from us. So what is this foundation underlying communication, that has evolved complexity up until now, something that we now are to be conscious of?

    Crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is any means used to listen to the wisdom of many individuals. When a leader is elected because their voice declares the next evolution, which the many believe will lead to happiness, this is a certain complexity of crowdsourcing. When a government employs intelligence gathering from many levels of hierarchy, and then orders millions of people to deploy solutions, thus leading to happiness, this is another level of complexity. When the global industrial complex is sustained by a financial structure, a structure which enables every individual to promote happy outcomes using their dollar, this is another level of complexity in crowdsourcing. In the next evolution of crowdsourcing, these various sources of crowdsourcing will not function individually. Remember, this is the difference between being a cancer or an organ tissue. The parts must cooperate both between themselves and with the broader existence. The great meaning, for our consciousness, at this point in time, is to come up with the next evolution in communication as a crowdsourcing method that has the ability to pull function into a unified whole.

    A “unified whole” may be scary. But it should not be. Remember that the evolution of the culture depends on the few, who mentally, escape enculturation. Just as humans depend on injections of new genetic information for our survival and evolution**, so must culture learn to appreciate these injections of information from outside the system. Now, a new injection of information will leap communication to a new level of complexity. The injection has already been occurring. It is high speed internet reaching high speed devices. Devices are rapidly being deployed across the globe. This is a huge evolutionary leap in communication. It is a good thing if it is not a cancer.

    Ok, so how do we make communication a functioning organ and not a cancer? Crowdsourcing must come to our new communication. The cognitive wisdom of billions must continue to move from inner thought to outer thought to inner thought. And it must happen universally. I do mean universally. If a thing is not giving consideration to the principles of physics, and the problem of entropy, it must fail. Moving energy to order is essential. Failure happens if a government fails to cooperate with a financial sector, industry, science and the military. Failure happens if the individual fails to cooperate with the masses, the tissues of society. Crowdsourcing must come to our new communication as our new cooperation. This is the foundation that will make it all work.

    Get ready for crowdsourcing. Because advances in technology have brought us communication as the internet, and as devices that employ the internet, so must crowdsourcing follow suit. The people, and the layers of society, must be part of the conscious order. Crowdsourcing will bring quality to our connectedness and our communications. The specific qualities that our communications need are: realism, positivity, logic, sustainability, evolution, and order. Why?… Simply because these are what lead to working outcomes that will bring happiness.

    After several years of production, here now is a website that employs realism, positivity, logic, sustainability, evolution, and order to meet the crowdsource needs of an evolving society. iAmSapien.com is being assessed by you as  means to communicate wisdom, and to be happy.

     

    *Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of NonViolent Communication,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Rosenberg

    ** Infusions of new information,                                                  https://www.brucelipton.com/resource/article/epigenetics

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_recombination