Saturday, 18 June 2011

Project Mind...

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Project Mind is a Jewish society concerned with the betterment of the world. I had email contact with the late David Devor who was its founder. I include some extracts from their website. (unfortunately the link is not working. Just put Project Mind in google. It is well worth a visit).

Science is the most creative of human endeavors.

Through technology, science transforms inert matter into new liberating possibilities.
Project Mind is establishing a unique project with a special strategy to join science with creativity to increase efficiency in science and dramatically accelerate the production of advanced breakthroughs in medicine, science and technology.

The Eureka sparks of vision that now drive the vast mechanical enterprise of science will become enduring connections of scientific creativity resulting in science that is more encompassing and integrated, and less fragmented, destructive and polluting in its technological spin-offs. We call this form of creativity, "Accelerated Thought" (AT).

We seek the cooperation of those who share this vision.

We seek the candidates for Accelerated Thought

Most of our troubles can be traced to our lack of knowledge of the world around us. Basically, scientists, using knowledge, intuition and sparks of creativity frame hypotheses which are then verified by experiment and observation. Presently, emphasis is placed on the mechanisims for validating hypotheses (ie. instrumentation and methodology), rather than on the scientific creative vision of the scientist.

Through a more intense form of creativity which we call "Accelerated Thought", the complex nature of matter can be discovered to produce encompassing and integrated holistic scientific and technological breakthrough solutions. This requires a more intense concentration between the researcher and the natural phenomena he is contemplating than what is currently practiced. This creative effort is shown in the literature describing the stunningly innovative and comprehensive scientific visions of Tesla, McClintock and others.

Who Are the Candidates for Accelerated Thought?

Project Mind is to be the pilot project and model for a creativity-oriented science aimed at producing scientific and technological breakthroughs. We seek candidates having the will, courage and desire to discover scientific breakthroughs and inventions through the creative effort that culminates in Accelerated Thought. Provisions will be made for the care and lodging of participants and for remuneration to help compensate for family and other responsibilities. Isolation is a necessary condition to prevent outside influence on the candidate's efforts to generate the concentration needed to induce Accelerated Thought.

Accelerated Thought is a high-energy mental process whereby realizations (consisting of problems and solutions) arrive, second by second, in rapid-fire sequence rather than once in a lifetime as is typical with Eureka experiences. Project Mind will arrange conditions favoring the occurrence of Eureka experiences as precursors to Accelerated Thought. This induction process and Accelerated thought itself can be maintained, contained, modulated and harnessed to the benefit of mankind. This higher, creativity has long been the dream of many professionals in the creativity field.

Although the Eureka experience is not exactly Accelerated Thought, it is very closely related, and its habitual exercise is the trademark of creative genius. The right moment can produce a Eureka experience, and a series of Eureka experiences can, under the correct conditions, induce a chain reaction which can develop into Accelerated Thought.

The intensity of this experience is accompanied by a spectacular increase in vitality and a feeling of elation. There is an accumulation of awareness that lifts the mind and the individual as a whole to a more integrated level of functioning than before.

Just as brief Eureka experiences provide moments of brilliant insight - the sparks of genius and inspiration that have fueled the sudden advances in scientific progress until now - Accelerated Thought will provide a more intense and sustained form of creativity rendering science holistic and comprehensive.

EffortThe act of creativity is an effort of attention to bring more and better quality energy to the point of observation in order to sustain attention and thus experience more of reality. The duration and quality of attention necessary to perceive the different attributes inherent in a substance or phenomenon and integrate that data in our mind to completely perceive it requires a sustained level of effort.

The limiting factor is the effort of observation and the motivation needed to fuel it. There must be a link of attention between ourselves and the phenomenon studied. The quality of that link depends on its strength and derives from the strength of the intention that sustains it. Thus it is quality of effort that determines how deeply we are able to penetrate into the phenomenon.
ExtrapolationIf the mind grasps, in sufficient detail and with sufficient accuracy, the revealed aspects of a phenomenon, it can hypothesize and project estimations concerning aspects that are as yet undiscovered. Some qualities of a phenomenon will suggest possibilities and constraints in one direction while others will suggest possibilities and constraints in others.

We must be able to see the unique set of circumstances that constitute the being of the phenomenon under consideration and how it connects to other phenomena that are the adjacent components of it.

In the absence of this ultimate effort of creative observation we see only tiny parts of the whole, painstakingly piecing together clues - the isolated parts of the "reality puzzle" that we stumble upon. Extrapolative vision (Accelerated Thought) can be far more penetrating and revealing.
Candidates We seek candidates already predisposed towards Accelerated Thought - those who during their lifetimes have had fairly frequent Eureka experiences and, in some rare cases, even short bouts of Accelerated Thought. These individuals who show a proclivity towards intensely original thought - will be the first to make use of the uniquely supportive environment that Project Mind will offer.


1. Competence

Early candidates for Project Mind will, of necessity, have gained considerable mastery over their chosen field of endeavor or at least in areas pertinent to those of nature's secrets they wish to penetrate with Accelerated Thought. As already indicated, these candidates will, also, be exceptionally disposed towards creative thought.

2. Motivation

The process of Accelerated Thought is initiated by applying sustained "pressure" to conventional reflective thought. This means intensely concentrating on a problem to which we are committed to solving. This will increase our awareness of the terrain we have chosen. Thus the principle criterion for participation in Project Mind is a desire to enter a state of Accelerated Thought.

3. Independence of Spirit and Strength of Character

The desire to innovate must be linked with one's desire to pursue one's destiny.

4. Scientific Aspiration

The candidate's attitudes and aspirations towards their field of science will be of utmost importance in screening for participation.

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