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Book Debut: Super Human

I’m proud to announce the release of Super Human on Amazon, eBook is free with Kindle Unlimited, otherwise just 99 cents (for a short time):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F4G5VJJ

You can also find it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superhumanbook/

My editor worked nights and weekends to get this to the world as fast as possible:

He got it out so fast he missed that the cover needs a tagline. Until the new cover is out, here is a sneak peek at the tagline: The next stage in human evolution is what you think. I hope you check it out, I think you’ll like it.

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I’ll Support Your Illusions If You’ll Support Mine

I recently happened upon an interesting piece1 by Dr. Charles T. Tart over at the University of California.  The article discusses the fear of ESP, but— ESP aside— contains remarkable insight into human nature.

In it, he discusses an interesting psychological theory called “social masking”. He explains it like this:

Briefly, the social masking theory recognizes the fact that our implicit social contract often calls for not really understanding other people.

It is as if we had contracted,

“I’ll support your illusions if you’ll support mine.”

By “illusions” I mean the incorrect perception of our true motivations and feelings because we attend to a more acceptable fantasy in order to avoid seeing unacceptable aspects of our true self.

Persons might consciously believe, for example, that they are sympathetic listeners, when they are actually driven by an unconscious, unacceptable fear of feeling inferior and being rejected: Thus identifying with the myth or illusion of being a sympathetic listener simultaneously avoids the unpleasant feelings of fear of rejection and subtly obligates others to accept the person because he or she acts like a sympathetic listener.

  1. Acknowledging and Dealing with the Fear of PSI,  Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 1984, vol 78, pp. 133-143. []
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Creativity Positive Thinking

Edison, Invention and Sleep

“…a man does need his rest, and Edison was not above the occasional catnap — provided it was not devoted solely to sleep. Like most people, he noticed that insights and brainstorms often occur at the edges of sleep — when the border guard of the prefrontal cortex is going off duty and the more bohemian precincts like the occipital lobe, where imagery is processed, are free to play. But those insights can be fleeting, lost forever if the sleep that allowed them to exist in the first place overtakes you before you can wake up and write them down. So Edison would nap sitting up in a chair, with his arms draped over the sides and a steel ball in each hand. On the floor on either side of the chair was a metal pan. If he fell too deeply asleep, the balls would fall with a clatter, awakening him in time for him to rescue any useful thought before it flashed back into the cognitive vapor.”1

Want more? Here are some specifics on programming your dreams.

  1. Time Magazine, November 25, 2013, The Spark of Invention, Jeffrey Kluger []
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Creativity

John Cleese on Creativity

Think of creativity more broadly. It applies to every goal we have. “Make wrongs” are contrary, they stifle creative thoughts.

If you can’t get enough John Cleese, here’s another talk where he talks about the value of sleeping on creative problems.