Consider this a sneak peek. The cover will surely change, but I’m really liking this one.
When asked, on Waking Cosmos, about the prospects of AI become self-aware, Dean Radin suggested [quote to follow], any system with a sufficient number of connections might become self-aware.
Which got me thinking… humanity is a system. It has billions of nodes and trillions of connections. Humanity meets Dean’s thought-experiment criteria for being self-aware.
But, you might think, if humanity were self-aware, then certainly we would know! Let me ask you this? Does an individual neuron know that the brain it inhabits is self-aware? Or does the neuron just do what neurons do… perceive and respond? And if we are the human analog of a neuron, isn’t that all we’re doing?
If that’s the case, it might be problematic for each individual to become aware of the collective’s self-awareness. How might we go about divining that information?
Self-aware systems act with intent. Neurons don’t fire arbitrarily, there is volition (at least sometimes) behind them. A reasonably clever neuron could look for indications of intent within the system. Synchronicities, chance encounters; it’s hard to shake the sense that there is intent behind such occurrences.
Might these be evidence of a self-aware system?
I got that text this morning.
“So what?” you’re thinking.
Well, here’s so what.
For the past six months I’ve been working with award-winning writing coach Masheri Chappelle on a ground-up rewrite of Super Human. This rewrite is so significant it will be a brand new book with a new ISBN number and a new cover, which I’m proud to show publicly for the first time here. We’re just over half-way through the book, so publish ETA is summer 2020. My sincerest thanks to Masheri, she’s been a fantastic writing coach… I’ve learned so much about storytelling, and I hope readers of all ages will love it.
On November 14, 1996, Farsight founder Courtney Brown was interviewed on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell. In that show Courtney recounted that his team of three remote viewers viewed an alien craft “four times the size of Earth” near the comet Hale-Bopp based solely upon one astronomical photo that showed a dot of light next to the comet. I’ll begin this partial transcript with Courtney describing the accuracy of the viewer:
“The person’s mind was extended is an extremely accurate remote viewer, basically has never failed us with a session, this person is extremely accurate in describing physically what’s going on.”
Keep those claims of “extremely accurate” and “never failed us” in mind.
This summer, I hired award-winning author and Chair of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project Masheri Chappelle to be my writing coach, and coach me through a ground-up rewrite.
Psychology Today: Experiments Suggest Humans Can Directly Observe the Quantum
May 31, 2019
“As we’ve been saying in different ways for these past months, what has been emerging from a wide range of often non-communicating researchers in multiple independent (also often non-communicating) but related disciplines, as well as from pan-global, cross-cultural sources and institutions, is an extraordinary, unprecedented body of new knowledge concerning human potential–in a strict, rigorous, formal, and profound scientific sense.”—William C. Bushell and Maureen Seaberg
The implications of humans having evolved biological structures to observe quantum-level events supports Remote Viewing, precognition and more. What’s next? Beyond observing quantum-level events would be influencing them. This would support remote influencing and telekinesis. Science is catching up with what mystical traditions and psychics have known for millenia.
Super Human is the first book in a new Young Adult Science Fiction series. Through an out-of-this-world adventure, it takes a close look at the role of anxiety and our thoughts on outcomes in our lives.
Readers praise Super Human:
“I was hooked from page 1. I started out expecting a fun-filled Sci-Fi novel. The deeper I got in the more I realized that there was so much more to take away. By the end, I found myself adjusting the way I look at everyday situations. For people with anxiety, this is a must-read. I highly recommend!”— Anna
“This YA book is not usually my genre but it grabbed me on page one. This fast-moving story made for a fun read with important messages for all ages. I can and would like to see a series with Will, Lily, & Russell. I want more. I now need to rethink my dismissal of this genre.”— Amazon review
“Super Human is one of the best young-adult books I’ve read in that it introduces the power of positivity, a mindset to which our teenagers need to be exposed to prepare for life.— Amazon review
I highly recommend this book…
– to all parents of children in their early teens and their teens,
– to teachers of high-school students and their students,
– to tutors who suggest books to their tutees,
– to counselors who work with teenagers,
and to everyone else.
I look forward to reading the next one in the series.”
(Super Human is currently in the middle of a ground-up rewrite, and will be available summer 2020)
About the Author
A New Hampshire native, Dan Pouliot got his BFA at UNH, and his digital works are in multiple permanent collections. Dan’s been a positive psychology student, practitioner & coach, then a blogger, then an amateur Remote Viewer, a tad psychic, and now a novelist.
I am alone. No one truly understands me.
Hi, I’m Dan Pouliot. You may remember me from such tweets as, “It was just a joke” and such personalized DMs as, “Hello. How are you?”
“Gee, Mr. Pouliot. I’m curious, but that sounds terrific/frightening/ confusing/maddening/ life-affirming/disgusting.”
I couldn’t agree more, Jimmy. That’s why I’ve created this simple seventy-five step Moderator’s Guide.
“Wow, that sounds easy! So I don’t have to do squat, right?”
No, Jimmy, that’s where you’re dead wrong. Your time obligation will be long and arduous. It will take you more minutes than you have fingers on your hands and feet.
“How many attendees can I expect?”
Zoom’s infinitely superior technology supports enough attendees for everyone on the planet. But don’t worry, only half of them are writers.
“Can anyone really do this?”
Zoom reminds me they haven’t tested their software on the criminally insane, but other than that, yes!
“Will I get to meet new writers and listen to their stories?”
Anyone can host a #WritingCommunityOnlineMeetup. Here’s my DIY template. As a moderator, sign up at zoom.us (it’s free). You could copy & paste this template into a Google Doc or whatnot to share the details of your meetup, or heck, just to a multipart-tweet. Replace the items in italics with your meeting specifics.
Date/Time: (this is a global event)
Sunday, April 7, 2019 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-4)
Required Software: Zoom
From your computer: https://zoom.us/
From your phone, download the Zoom app.
Meetings are typically 30 minutes (Zoom allows up to 40 minutes free). The moderator will
Join Zoom Meeting
One tap mobile
+16465588656,,718743582# US (New York)
+14086380968,,718743582# US (San Jose)
Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 718 743 582
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acc29NFW4k
Do I have to show my face?
No, Zoom lets you toggle your camera on or off. That said, deaf attendees might require video for lip reading purposes. So if you are willing, video would help with accessibility for all attendees.
I’m outside of the US. Can I still join?
2) Topic: your topic goes here.
3) Wrap up. Keep firm end time (30 min total) to respect people’s time
Some Agenda Ideas:
The _____ thing happened to me.