One of the largest problems needing to be solved is that most of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful elites do not want real problems to be solved at all. “A great crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” as a slimy statesman or corrupt oligarch might say. Consequently, the consensus among today’s top-floating slime seems to be to hold onto as many crises as possible — real or imagined — to get the maximum mileage out of them.
If you are loyal to the human potential and the human future, on the other hand, you are left with the responsibility of coming up with solutions to the very real problems which hold humans back from the abundant possibilities for a clean and prosperous future which expands to fill the solar system and the local galaxy.
Solving Difficult Problems: The Quantum Dialogue
I spoke with philosopher and polymath John David Garcia on multiple occasions, and spent several days at his home in Oregon meeting some of his collaborators and experimenting with some of his ideas. I found the concept of the quantum dialogue to be both counter-intuitive and fruitful. The fact that I was paired with a stunningly beautiful young woman in the autopoiesis problem-solving sessions may have helped stimulate my own quantum brain.
The Quantum Dialogue
In order to prepare persons for autopoiesis we performed an exercise I called the “Quantum Dialogue,” which I first learned in part from Amit Goswami. In the Quantum Dialogue we encourage persons to use their quantum brain by responding to a question not with the first answer that comes to mind but by inventing an original response. The first answer is usually a reflection of memory and is controlled by the classical brain.
Almost all of us rely on the classical brain to have a conversation. Our classical brain usually works smoothly, quickly, and reliably. It gives socially acceptably answers to questions. Our quantum brain often works unreliably and slowly, eventually producing short, staccato bursts of information after long periods of silence. This information is often socially unacceptable, and may seem unrelated to the question or problem at hand. These quantum answers may in fact make us appear strange or even insane. This is why persons are so reluctant to use their quantum brain.
Some persons have great difficulty with the Quantum Dialogue. This difficulty is a reflection of how much they have blocked off their quantum brain. After rejecting their first classical answer to a question they cannot invent a second answer. But all can succeed if they keep trying. Other persons find it very easy. This exercise usually makes persons conscious of their quantum brain for the first time in their life and facilitates the autopoiesis, which usually follows within the next few hours during our experiments.
The online e-book linked above provides more details on how the “autopoiesis” problem-solving sessions worked. Ideally, the teams comprised four women and four men, well matched in terms of temperament. The process can be used with equal numbers of men and women in different numbers other than eight, however. It can be considered a form of “brainstorming” but is typically orders of magnitude more profound and productive.
Breaking Through the Blockade
The problem of “writer’s block” is analogous to our challenge of generating higher order solutions to our current level problems. Creative writers have devised large numbers of exercises to help break free from the rigid mindsets that keep us stuck. Many of these exercises involve some form of free association — including the use of “automatic writing,” or writing from the subconscious.
Automatic Writing Exercise to Generate Creative Solutions:
Write down the first thought that comes to mind.
Take a moment to recall a time when you weree filled with anger or rage. Fill yourself with that feeling then write down whatever comes to mind, expletives and all.
Write down the craziest sentence you can think of.
Take ten very deep breaths (or run in place for 30 sec.). Then sit uietly for a moment and watch your thoughts and feelings ramble through your mind. Now think about an issue or problem you are now struggling with, and imagine you are someone else – the world’s best problem solver — and begin to write a solution to your problem from that other person’s position.
Paraphrased from “How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain” by Andrew Newberg MD and Robert Waldman
Note that in the “quantum dialogue” method, the first idea that comes to mind was discarded so as to allow the second, “quantum” idea to emerge. In the “automatic writing” method, the first thought that comes to mind is written down — but only as an icebreaker, to get the process started. From there, the blockade runner pushes his mind through physical and mental stresses to prepare him to pretend to be someone else altogether — an imaginary “world’s greatest problem solver.” It is this great problem solver who begins to provide solutions.
The two methods alluded to in the excerpts above are explained more fully in the books linked — and each book provides a great deal more background to help explain why humans are having such a difficult time solving their most basic problems.
Clearing the Mind of Unnecessary Baggage
Solving difficult problems can be made even more difficult when one’s mind is cluttered with a great deal of old baggage — some of which may contain fragmentation grenades that might blow up at any time, spewing bloody shrapnel in haphazard fashion.
If one were able to clear the mind of much of this old baggage, the thought processes could be cleaned up sufficiently to facilitate difficult problem-solving.
Sending kind thoughts to difficult people who have caused you to suffer can be very hard to do, but it will change your brain in beneficial ways. Your brain is designed to deeply embed negative memories, and each time you recall the insult or offense, you strengthen the negative associations of that memory as your brain sends out a distress signal to the entire body. In order to disable that association, you have to create positive thoughts and remain deeply relaxed when you visualize the person and the specific event that upset you.
… Focusing on negative beliefs also has a deleterious effect on our emotions and our brain… those who [hold] negative beliefs about themselves [are more at risk] for developing depression, and those who had the least number of negative self-beliefs were the least likely to get depressed.
… the more positive your beliefs become, the more pleasure you’ll feel in your brain and your life.
We can make ourselves much more effective as problem-solvers by removing as many of the hidden sources of internal fear, anxiety, anger, shame, guilt, and hatred, as we can.
We owe it to our children and grandchildren to teach them some of the tricks that can ease their own paths to successful problem-solving. If we spend too much time trying to turn them into younger versions of our own selves, we will only doom them to obsolescence — or at best mediocrity, in the world to come.
Your children are not your children.The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
Everything we do — including solving our problems — creates new problems which will need to be solved sometime in the future. We may as well become well versed in as many advanced problem-solving techniques as we can discover and master.
Some problems will fall to more conventional approaches. Other, more advanced techniques, have been discovered by thinkers and researchers over the years, among the most successful was Edward de Bono — inventor of Lateral Thinking.
In this increasingly corrupt age of wealthy oligarchs who control all forms of media and most forms of technology through which modern media is gated. They are responsible for the vulture-like mob of greed and power-hunger that has descended on Washington DC and is currently working out more efficient ways to feed on the carcass of the nation that it occupies.
That is one of our biggest problems. And not just for Americans. The dementia crew in the US White House has no guiding principles, and no scruples whatsoever. The world beware. China is watching.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Make yourselves very Dangerous — especially in the way you think.