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Death, it seems, is our last frontier. It is the thing we fear most, yet, because of that fear, it is the thing we least understand. We manage to live our lives pretending that Death does not exist, hiding its manifestations behind polite walls of silence, and yet our fascination with it runs like a dark shadowy thread through all our popular media.

Those who are truly terrified of life become nihilists. Nihilist terrified of death call themselves atheists. A nihilist’s standard response to the question ‘What happens when you die?’ is “Nothing. The lights go out and that is the end.”

This conviction is very quaint, not unlike the geo-centric beliefs of science and religion that predated Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler. Before 1600, it was taught that the Earth was the center of the Universe and all other heavenly bodies rotated around it. Geo-centrism pinned the Earth in one spot in space, stationary and non-rotating, while all else turned around it like the center of a pinwheel turning around its axis. The inability to imagine anything other than what the five senses tell one led to the conviction that the Earth, more specifically, the point of view of the person standing on the Earth, was divinely inspired and therefore the only point of view, making all other points of perception demonic.

Advances in technology, math and hive mind awareness changed all that. Now, without any difficulty at all, one can imagine what it would be like to stand at the center of an atom and watch the electrons whirl around you like planets. Or stand outside of our own Milky Way galaxy and watch it spin across the universe. Or look out into the vast and infinite limits of space and see billions of galaxies caught up in the fabric of space/time. Or, because of the advances in quantum physics, imagine oneself riding a quark through the walls of reality and meeting oneself on the other side.

We must take that same ability to view things from multiple perspectives, that same ability to move oneself out of the picture frame and stand outside it, looking in, before we can begin to appreciate death.

Your body, as much as you enjoy it, it not the center of your universe. The “I” of you does not disappear when you rip down the veils and plunge naked into the maelstrom that lies in the heart of all existence. The personality does not disintegrate forever when you go traveling on natural hallucinogens like LSD or psilocybin or peyote nor do you get lost when you go traveling by way of out-of-body experiences. Amputees and reiki healers who do distance healing will tell you the same thing. There is a body awareness that is not tied to the your physical meat, a ghost perception that wears the body like a coat. Without a lot of coaxing, we can learn to shed that coat as easily as a parka on a hot summer day.

Once shed, this ghost is not bound to this reality well called Earth. In fact, the “I” of you is pan-dimensional. It exists outside of time. It exists everywhere in time. It exists in all the layers of reality that surround this small three dimensional place our human meat calls home.

What is it like to die? Imagine you are the white mice in Douglas Adam’s “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, the super beings who contracted to have the universe built so as to solve the ‘ultimate question’.  Being too big to insert themselves wholly into the universal superannuated computer, they had to be content inserting the merest tip of a tentacle, to animate an avatar in the shape of a mouse body. If the mouse were to die, yes, the lights would go out in its little brain as its meat began to disintegrate, but all its experiences as a mouse would still lie within the greater whole of the being who had animating it. All the connections between you and the other avatars still exist outside the reality well. Nothing is lost except the meat.

Is there life after death? The question itself is inherently flawed. Do you miss your hair after you have a haircut? Yes, but not for long.

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There is a concept out there called technological singularity or Singularity for short. (The big ‘S’ is not mine. This concept is raging through the geek networks being hailed as the religion of the new millennium. No. Really. Sigh…) Too much of its flawed attempt at fortune telling is based on Paul R. Ehrlich’s theory that the basic intelligence of the human brain has not changed significantly for millennia. Erlich studies bugs for a living so I can only assume his sweeping statement is based on the studies of other scientists, scientist who are very careful to steer clear of the religious and political hot potato of human mental, physical and social evolution. (Grant money is now almost exclusively the domain of the federal government controlled by a bunch of semi literate politicians whose only goal in life is to get Average Joe America to vote them back into office, which means they have to cater to the lowest common element of the media feeding frenzy.)

Ehrlich is wrong about human intelligence because he assumes intelligence is a function of the amount of gray matter inside the human skull. Anyone who studies brain injury and intelligence knows this to be wrong. Anyone who does any amount of quantum thinking, knows with absolute certainty that this assumption is wrong.

We have reached a Singularity. Not a Technological Singularity with all its dire predictions of humans controlled by their AI machines but a human singularity. Like locusts, proximity and density have triggered the human swarm. The Hive Mind now controls the technology, not the other way around. Our machines have always been a means to an end, after all.

We have set ourselves apart from our animal cousins not by the fact that we make and use tools. It is that our tools are creative, inventive, and evolving more and more rapidly to meet our ever changing needs.  The tools will never control us. We never cling to them long enough for that. It is the human hive mind, leap frogging itself into the future that controls this reality well.

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Outside Looking In

What can I say

that language will not turn flat

crushing my quantum clouds

into its 2D world.

Infinite is a pale word

that cannot describe

what bubbles out of the core of my being

I can taste the universe

it fills my nose

it clings to the back of my throat

what do you seek

you who are

outside looking in

I am inside

there is no outside

all possibilities exist here

that is me, looking over your shoulder

wondering at what you find so fascinating

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If we were to abandon the ordinary everyday style of thought that isolates us inside our skulls, if we were to divorce ourselves from our current love affair with the left frontal cortex and all its linear thought,  if we were to flee from the razor sharp corners of the logic of the diamond faceted left brain, escaping down the corpus callosum to find refuge in our right brain, we would find a room with no walls that looks out over the infinite universe. Most people are content to stand, teetering on the brink, unwilling or unable to let go of the surety and the safely of the physical dimension defined by their body’s five senses.

The right brain is not a bad place to be. We have lost our connection to it because society and modern civilization undervalues and even denigrates the wisdom garnered here. It is our right brain that allows us to bend space/time, making intuitive leaps that bypass the linear processes of our left brain. It is here, also, that we are connected emphatically to those around us. The right brain access the communal mind and turns the human species from an amalgam of separate individuals to a hive which operates with its own sentience.

Futurists, the forerunners of civilization, the scouts of the hive that lead us to the next place that we need to be, do not stop on the lip of the abyss. Futurists leap out into the void without a parachute, let down all their barriers, abandon the limits of ego and expand the limits of self to include everything and then go where the universe wants to take them. Then they come back, crawl into their body, share the  knowledge and perception with the left brain and complete the circle, forcing the connection of body and mind into a unified whole in which the infinite universe and all the dimensions therein become an integrated part of their existence.  This is the definition of Quantum Thinking.

All possibilities exist simultaneously inside the mind of a quantum thinker. It is as if your skull is the box and you are Schrödinger’s cat.

It takes a very unique type of personality to become a successful quantum thinker. The mental wards are full of those who fail. Skilled quantum thinkers must have a profoundly unassailable belief in themselves: call this the über ego. The über ego is akin to Archimedes’s theoretical fulcrum. Archimedes, who surely must have been a quantum thinker,  thought that it would be possible to move the world, given the right place to stand. Quantum thinkers believe that given the right point of view, a pattern can be found in all things. Chaos does not frighten them. It is this fearlessness that allows them to leap beyond the limits of self, expand their perception of space/time and let go of everything the status quo defines as sane.

Thus proving once again that all power lies within the heart paradox. Only those who have über ego can afford to leave it behind.

History is full of the stories of civilization’s forerunners. Leonardo Da Vinci, H. G. Wells, Albert Einstein to name a few. Da Vinci was a futurist so far ahead of his time, it took technology 400 years to catch up with him. The hive mind has become a little more immediate of late. Wells only had to wait 20 years to see cars and trains and world war become a reality. Einstein’s gratification was nearly instantaneous, with almost disastrous consequences. The glory days of Da Vinci and Einstein are over. The hive learns as any sentient creature might and what the hive knows is that it stands upon shaky ground and that one misstep can take us to the brink of extinction.

If Da Vinci were born today, he would be writing science fiction. The futurists and the ‘quantum thinkers in training’ can be found in the world of scifi, fantasy and games. They are the ones asking the questions that start with “what if….”. They are the ones imagining future technologies. They are the ones creating worlds and characters to inhabit those worlds, setting events in motion to see how it all works out in the end. It is here that the future of the human species is being decided, as we try one scenario after another, working through all possible problems,  discarding the failures, building on the success stories, testing each step into the future a thousand times before we take it in reality.

The future is here. It is being shaped by the hive mind and the hive mind listens to the quantum thinkers. It is these relatively few individuals who are determining what the future might look like

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