Archive for the ‘Theory’ Category

More than a Decade Later, the remarkable mental events and thinking skills described in The Mother of All Minds  still seem as electrifying and vital as ever

If you’ve never scouted up a copy of my book, The Mother of All Minds: Leaping Free of an Outdated Human Nature, here is how it begins:
Without the ”I,” there would be few books. And certainly not this book. The ”I,” of course, is all about the ego. As you are about to discover, I [...]

IF YOUR MIND IS FEELING IN OVERLOAD, IT MAY BE BECAUSE IT IS SUDDENLY SEEING TOO MUCH, NOT UNDERSTANDING TOO LITTLE

None of us sees the world as “it is,” therefore; we can only see the world that we think. If we can’t think it, then what it is that we can’t see doesn’t exist for us at all. At least, not yet.
Herein lies the dolphin thinker’s difficult-to-explain advantage. From the dolphin perspective, you can potentially [...]

When he first envisioned the leap: how the late Clare Graves saw sense where so many before had seen only nonsense

On a fall day in 1961, in his classroom at Union College in Schenectady, New York, the late Dr. Clare W. Graves hurried to a blackboard. Writing as fast as he could, he jotted down the rudiments of an explanation both for conundrums that had been plaguing his own research and for the fundamental confusions [...]

Youse pays your money and youse makes your choices when it comes to The Ghost In the Machine

It’s time, I think, for us to revisit the idea of The Ghost in the Machine. To get a firsthand sense of what this widespread dogma that colors so many of our assumptions about ourselves, our perceptions and our decision-making is about, you and I must visit the Great Swami, renowned reader of minds. First [...]

REVISITING DR. CLARE GRAVES’ VIEWS ON WHAT CHANGES WHEN A HUMAN IS ABLE TO MAKE THE LEAP!

As readers of this blog, readers of my books, participants in any workshop longer than 30 minutes that I’ve designed and anyone who has ever asked me who the most seminal influencers of my career have been know, I have an outsized regard for the intellectual skills of a most remarkable, if often underappreciated, researcher [...]

LEAP!  THEORY LESSON OF THE DAY:
WHY GREAT BRAIN SHIFTS COME IN TWOS

If James Carville, the Cajun-steeped political genius who engineered Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign, is ever summoned to play God, his first words as deity will probably be, “It’s a brain thing, stupid!”
Certainly, that’s what our Cliff’s Notes analysis of history at LEAP!psych indicates.
Each time we humans have experienced one of those great technological [...]

INCOMING ON THE LEAP!  RADAR SCOPE:
IS HOW WE GENERATE
FOREKNOWLEDGE ABOUT TO CHANGE?

In my new book, LEAP!, I talk in Chapter 7 about keeping close watch on the “adjacent possible.” The term and the idea are borrowed from Stuart Kauffman, the American complex systems researcher.
Kauffman’s idea is that (in LEAP! terms) it is easier to make the LEAP! successfully if your surroundings are ready for it (and [...]