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The Journal of Non-Locality


For those interested in mind and consciousness, there’s a special issue of the Journal of non-locality just out today, and available online:


The journal is edited by Hong King A.I. expert Ben Goertzel, PhD. Besides building robots he hopes can think, like me Ben is very interested in the non-local properties of conscious. There are great articles by Ben and other experts in the volume, and perhaps I should mention that I have one paper, too: “Integrated intelligence as practice: ideas, insights and inspiration.” The paper includes reference to practicing futurists who either explicitly or implicitly utilise integrated intelligence in their writings, practice and workshops. These include Buckminster Fuller, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Oliver Markley, Jose and Sohail Inayatullah.

The Consciousness Files Podcast has Arrived!


The Consciousness Files has arrive! Expect not just the unexpected, but a fun and entertaining discussion, as I (Marcus T Anthony) chat with thought leaders from around the globe about these exciting developments.

  • What will the future look like once we expand our conception of consciousness to include the extended mind and integrated intelligence?
  • What changes can we expect in science, education, business and society as a whole?
  • What practical applications are we likely to see, including high-tech, low-tech and no-tech?
  • What role will artificial intelligence play?
  • Who are the men and women who will drive the ideas and innovation?
  • What will it take to trigger the revolution?

These are the exciting questions which underpin The Consciousness Files podcasts.

The extended mind is a term used to describe consciousness which expands beyond the brain and is entangled with other people, place and times. Once dismissed as the stuff of fantasy, delusion or sci-fi, the extended mind is now a subject of genuine scientific interest.

Integrated intelligence is a term I have developed to describe the deliberate application of the extended mind in solving problems, great and small.

My belief is that there is now enough evidence to take these ideas seriously, while popular interest is at an all-time high.

The wisdom and information gleaned from my guests will be used for my book project, The Future of Consciousness.

You will find links to the podcasts below even as they are completed, beginning around mid-June 2016. Individual posts for each podcast will also appear here on my homepage and on my mind-futures.com blog.

So tune in and raise your own consciousness level! The Consciousness Files promises to be a real trip!

PS. If there is anyone you would like me to interview in this field, please feel free to suggest him or her in the comments section, below. Or just email me: marcus@marcustanthony.com.


Episode 1: Peter L Nelson. Beyond the Ordinary



Tom Lombardo’s essay “Consciousness, Cosmic Evolution, and the Technological Singularity”

Tom Lombardo is a futurist who is very interested in many of the realms of inquiry that I am, and he has come to similar conclusions many times. (he wrote the introduction to my book Extraordinary Mind). Lombardo’s essay “Consciousness, Cosmic Evolution, and the Technological Singularity” has just been published in the Journal of Futures Studies. It is well worth reading for those who have an interest in the feilds of transhumanism and artifical intelligence. Transhumanism is centred upon the idea that human beings will one day upload their minds onto computers and potentially live forever. Like Tom Lombardo, I believe that many of its founding precepts rest on very shaky grounds. In particular, I believe that the transhumanists typically confuse the concepts of thought and consciousness, and are not aware of the distinction between mind and presence (still mind). The mind tends to identify with thought and confuses it for its genuine nature. This is the essential problem that many mystical and spiritual traditions have been referring to for millennia. This distinction cannot be seen by the mind itself, which is why mental stillness is required. I am yet to meet a transhumanist who engages in such practice.

In this essay futurist Lombardo critically examines two influential evolutionary visions of the cosmos—those of Eric Chaisson and Ray Kurzweil—focusing on their explanations of consciousness within their evolutionary theoretical frameworks, and how they conceptualize the significance of consciousness within their respective views of the coming “technological singularity”. Lommbardo’s central argument is that a scientifically and philosophically credible understanding of the “technologically singularity” requires a satisfactory explanation of how consciousness fits into a cosmic evolutionary scheme. In examining both Chaisson and Kurzweil’s ideas, Lombardo concludes that neither Chaisson nor Kurzweil provides a satisfactory account of consciousness, and consequently neither one provides a scientific and philosophically satisfactory understanding of the “technological singularity.”




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