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3 Nov 2011

The Silent Revolution: Understanding Ourselves

As I had mentioned in The Rise of Intuition, the biggest advancement we’ll see in the next five to fifteen years will not be in biotechnology, cloud computing, medical treatments, alternative energy, personal computing devices or any other tangible technology. It will be in understanding ourselves as human beings.

Technology and new research methodologies are fueling this revolution. In these previous posts, I highlighted what these methodologies are showing about what influences us:

Now, in the October 29, 2011 issue of The Economist, the article, “Mind-goggling,” tells of four different technologies capable of reading our minds:

While the readings are crude today, work is rapidly progressing. Remember the medical tricorder Doctor McCoy used in Star Trek to scan bodies? Even as fantastic as that was, Spock still had to read minds via a mind meld. Now, imagine if McCoy had a brain tricorder capable of reading thoughts.

These technological advances are going to revolutionize our understanding of how we work. Early returns show an increasing amount of complex brain activity occurring on a subconscious level beyond the classical reflexive functions. This will directly challenge our concept of free will (more) as I have written earlier.

Amazingly, this revolution is silently flying under our radars and continuously fails to garner the hype of the other advancements I mentioned. Of course, this may be fitting since the revolution will likely uncover many thoughts and emotions that live outside of our consciousness.

 

2 Responses

  1. Anna

    Hi Mike, I just want to say how much I’m enjoying your site. It’s like reading my own thought processes at times.. and I can’t say enough just how priceless it is to me to have this discussion out here on the internet for me to read and possibly participate in. What a relief to know that others have a level of awareness above the lizard like area of our brains that so seems to dominate so many people on this planet. Thank you. Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart. All the best, and I look forward to reading and rereading for many years to come.

    1. Mike Lehr

      Thank you, Anna, for the compliment. I appreciate it and you stopping by to visit and leave a comment. I also got a chuckle from your positivity regarding my publishing for years to come. Yes, I plan to keep going. Enjoy your day and thank you again! ~Mike

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