Are Humans a Bunch of Morons?

Are humans divine creatures endowed with the form of the creator? Or are humans like any other species on the Planet? Are humans as special as they make themselves out to be or do they have flaws like any other creature in the animal kingdom? Are Humans a Bunch of Morons so egocentric that they believe they, above all are beyond any other species?

From the outside looking in at the species one may feel that humans are hopeless indeed, perhaps bashing humans because they appear to all be a bunch of morons. Does this offend you human? Well, as for you personally well we are discussing this issue so perhaps you yourself may not be included in that grouping even if you are human. Maybe you are above the race, which so often sinks to the lowest common denominator when even something small is a miss? Rioting in the streets like there is no tomorrow.

Honestly now how many people do you actually know who have not surrendered their minds to the mass media hysteria, television and purported rhetoric? Unenlightened, wasteful, religious borderline cultish nut cases and blind to reality; how many people do you know who have already put their minds on a shelf and surrendered them.

With that said; would you say that the human species could use a little modification? Or would you say that we must remain human and pure, that God would not have wanted us to tinker with his creation, even though we find our species in decay, with IQ levels, falling in every civilization in the present period? Some find the argument against re-designing this species shallow at best. What if we could make ourselves smarter, more healthy and stronger through advances in science? Should we? Do you believe that humans are currently de-evolving into a dummying down affect?

What if some wish to remain human and others wish to move forward and progress the species? Should fear of change hold us back, religious dogma or choosing not to choose, thus becoming a “no vote” for future technological advances? Can we perhaps divide the species and allow the choice. Unfortunately we know what happens when one group envies that of another, and if the species is divided by equal one will succeed the other, as that is a human trait too. Humans as they say are mostly harmless, but they can be a complete pain in the butt they way they carry on and one observing humans may come to a conclusion that yes they are a bunch of morons? Yet where do we go from here, as the time is coming near to make a decision on the matter. Think on this abstract thought for a moment.

An Ad Hoc Discussion on Innovation

For the leading think tanks, labs and entrepreneurial innovators innovation is the key. An original thought can turn to gold with the correct team. Many thoughts fall by the way side, yet should be considered in more detail. Sometimes very good thoughts are moved forward without regard to the problems anticipated which will cause a future failure of the product, yet sometimes the human gut instinct says; “Let’s do it; we can figure out the details later!” A dangerous and risky proposition, yet many an invention was taken forward in this way and sometimes it takes risks to see it through.

One dilemma of the innovators is what will be the next invention needed? How can you follow the trends to figure it out? How can you predict the future? Indeed thinking ahead is not that hard if you watch all the trends simultaneously, actually it to me seems almost impossible not to do. And yet all the humans run around with turned off brains and think you are brilliant for merely pointing out the obvious. Some trends are so obvious that only a few people ever put them together. But the innovative groups must to survive. Unless they have money to burn and can simply better the efforts of the first innovative prototypes and buy up those companies.

Well, with Gates, he does not have to be “First to Market” he can be second and take all the new innovations and put them together and have the better consumer “Widget Mouse Trap,” hell that’s what everyone would do, if they had the funding. Risk reward is always an issue with Bureaucratic Large groups and labs, thus you need to keep is running within special teams of innovative talent in my opinion.

One of the groups, which does this well is DARPA, although some say they could do it better, they always seem to bring the right teams together. Indeed they are not the only superstars of innovation, as a few really smart companies which allow the creative geniuses their computers, drawing boards and brilliance that comes with baggage can often come up with an incredible break through very quickly. But the creative innovators need some slack and they have quirks and needs. So, if we want their minds then we must insure that they can whatever they need to move forward in a semi-structured path with limited boundaries. Then they do it simply because they love to do it, then every one wins. Plato talked of this in the Republic; allow everyman to do what he is best at and alleviate them from what they are not good at. Entrepreneurs should not be forced to fill out forms or do accounting or wear ties for instance you see? Think on this in 2006.

Telepathic Merging of Consciousness Between Facilitator and Nonverbal Autistic Typist

Facilitated communication (FC) is the process used to help nonverbal individuals with severe autism to express themselves by typing with the help of a designated “facilitator.” In dealing with those labeled “autistic,” the facilitator’s role is to offer physical and emotional support to the nonverbal person, who then transmits his or her responses either through typing or some other means, such as word cards. Sometimes the facilitator lends a hand, wrist, or arm for support. At other times, the facilitator simply sits next to the typist and focuses on the keyboard and the material being typed.

At this point, FC remains a controversial process. Physical and emotional support are obviously part of the process, but my experience tells me that there is also a complex energetic and telepathic aspect. In fact, my observations have raised many unanswered questions that I hope will inspire further study. For example:

  • Why do I usually hear the word or words in my head before they are typed?
  • Why do I need to know the questions being asked?
  • When another facilitator and I support the same person, why do the typist’s responses to open-ended questions sometimes differ?
  • When I give support to several nonverbal typists at the same time, why do they resonate with each other to the point of being able to complete each other’s sentences?
  • Why are the typists I work with restricted by the language I speak, my vocabulary, and my knowledge base?

Skeptics simply dismiss the process of Facilitated Communication-FC, as facilitator motor influence-Clever Hans Syndrome, or the act of subconsciously giving an animal or person the necessary cues to complete a task. But when the typist is striking the correct keys without arm or wrist support, but still requires a person to touch or sit next to him in order to communicate, both skeptics and supporters are at a loss for an explanation. Supporters say the person is typing independently, even though he is dependent on proximity control and a shared focus. They suggest that the person sitting next to him is merely there to provide emotional support. Yet my sense from my own experience is that there is an energetic merging of consciousness that goes deeper than simple telepathy. This occurs with or without arm support, but in my experience, my intent and focus actually increase when physical support is not given and the communication through typing is solely dependent on proximity control for its expression.

Recently, one of my nonverbal friends typed me a facilitated message in which she told me that she was impressing images on my brainstem and that I was instantaneously and unconsciously finding the right words for the thought forms she was impressing. If that’s true, that would explain why I hear each word in my head right before she types it. She also suggested that she accesses and transmits messages from higher spiritual realms in a similar fashion. She first receives an impression from the higher realm and then impresses it upon my brainstem. This viewpoint helps explain some of my unanswered questions, as mentioned above. For example:

  • Why are messages often spiritual in nature?
  • Why are nonverbal individuals with autism restricted by the language, knowledge base, bias, and vocabulary of the facilitator?
  • The person with autism seems to have access to his partner’s knowledge base. Is facilitator’s range of knowledge what limits the range of expression?
  • Why do my biases sometimes leak through?

Since facilitators have a stronger hold on ego-based thought, they should constantly guard against allowing their individual biases to influence the person typing. Contradictory opinions are often typed when the same facilitator pairs with different partners. My passion is to help autistic individuals strengthen their conscious egos so that they can express their opinions without being influenced by other sources. Until then, I continue to acknowledge facilitator influence as a possibility. In the meantime, important decisions or opinions that potentially impact nonverbal individual or other people need additional validation through having the typist answer important questions with multiple partners. Observation of body language, behavior, and alternate independent forms of communication also need to be used.

My personal feeling about this partnership is that it can potentially enhance the facilitator’s higher self and soul knowledge. But as enticing and exciting as this may be, it depends on its acknowledgement as a possibility and needs to be consciously explored. The process is complex and truly fascinating. In my own experience, the responses to questions I’ve received sometimes come across as metaphorical or visual. There are also times when I seem to understand more than just the words I hear, and my understanding takes the form of a direct kind of knowing that’s difficult to describe in words. In those moments, my simple mind is receiving a minute glimpse of the interdimensional interplay of a multitude of thought forms, all racing to the surface for expression but limited by my individual knowledge base, understanding, and the restrictions of our language-based system of communication. I view this type of communication as their gift to me, and deeply appreciate it, but I do not believe it should supercede my commitment to help them feel more comfortable in their bodies and strengthen their conscious based thoughts and decisions.

These experiences leave me wanting to know more about this expanded consciousness and mode of communication. The implications it has for our evolution are enormous. Imagine, for example the benefit of pairing these insightful souls with specialists, those with precise knowledge in various fields and the vocabulary needed to explain it. For instance, researchers working on a cure for cancer could learn to partner with these brilliant souls, who would then be able to add insight to their findings and enhance their present level of understanding.

As a curious person who has experienced this phenomenon with many nonverbal children and adults, I want to know how it works! These amazing souls have so much to teach us. It’s time to give them a chance to prove themselves, which begins with honestly and openly exploring and discussing all aspects of their mind-boggling and truly amazing reality. I would love to come together with others who use FC and similar partner dependent strategies, such as Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), and who are willing to let go of their preconceived ideas and ask these amazing souls to help us understand. It astounds me that people are not coming out of the woodwork to share this amazing dynamic. But until then, and whether or not they do, I will continue to pose questions to my friends with autism, both individually and collectively, and to share with them the intuitive thoughts that pass between us.

If you have any interest in sharing your experience, please feel free to get in touch or comment.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

What Are the 7 Laws of Adult Learning?

Organizations should unite to take a different approach when teaching the adults. They need to understand the learning strategies, which are appropriate for these adult learners. Malcolm S. Knowles is known for adopting the theory of “Andragogy” (“andra” meaning “man or adult”). According to Knowles, teaching an adult is different from teaching a child since the maturity levels between the two age groups differ largely.

Anyways, coming back to the laws of adult learning, let us discuss them one by one.

Law of Previous Experience

Adults are generally experienced, possessing a high degree of knowledge about the real world. Hence, training programs should be framed in such a way that incorporates new learning with links to the learner’s experiences.

Law of Relevance

Organizers should design courses in terms of its relevance with the trainee’s life and work. You can include multimedia elements and role-plays to increase connections between the learning situation and real world.

Law of Self-direction

Adults are generally self-directed. Hence, instructors should try to engage the attendees with the training process rather than just lecturing on the topic of discussion. Moreover, mature students prefer to get involved with the training or learning situation rather than just sit back listening to idle lectures.

Law of Expectations

Adults have many expectations from a meeting, conference or a training program. They will not attend events that have no elements of satisfying their needs. Similarly, they will participate in a specific class or event with the mission to fulfill their demands and business objectives. As a trainer, you should plan and execute a program leading to maximum attendee satisfaction and ROI.

Law of Active Learning

Adults love active learning. Therefore, you can include audio-visual and multimedia elements to make the learning process highly interesting than just organizing mere reading or passive listening to lectures. Many organizations that host onsite as well as online educational classes or corporate training programs include text chats, online forums, etc. to discuss and share website links, videos, and images with the learners.

Law of Practice and Feedback

Adult students like to do homework and repeatedly practice things they have recently learned. They also wish to get relevant feedback and participate in polls or Q&A sessions to gain in-depth knowledge about new concepts discussed in during lessons.

Law of Individual Differences

Each individual has his own learning style. Keeping this in mind, instructors should prepare the learning sessions accordingly to satisfy the needs of all participants. An overall, general learning strategy may not be successful when teaching a class full of heterogeneous people.

5 Technologies That Transformed the Process of Learning

The invention of the internet and the new types of technologies in the 21st Century has transformed the traditional concepts of learning taking place in conventional ‘brick and mortar’ classrooms. Technology has indeed made learning more cost-effective and easily accessible. Staff members in such educational institutions also have a new friend in technology since it helps to bring about administrative efficiency to manage the overall learning process.

In this article, I have mentioned the best of technological inventions that has transformed the very structure of teaching and learning.

Wireless Connectivity

There has been a noticeable growth in the popularity factor of wireless connectivity these days. From corporate organizations to educational institutions, every organization is installing broadband connections in their respective sites to improve the process of work, training, and learning. Wireless access to broadband services is now fundamental to the way teachers connect and interact with their students, faculty, and research staff. Today, wireless connectivity is needed to conduct online classes and training, webinars, video conferencing, and so on.

E-books Downloading Option

Students don’t need to buy countless number of text books to study and reference anymore. They can rather save this money by simply downloading e-books from Amazon, Borders and Barnes & Noble, and such similar other e-book sites. Some of the e-bookstores allow downloading of books for free while others require you to purchase the e-books.

Adoption of Mobile Payment Systems

Mobile payments are continuously on the rise as the more preferred transactional platform amongst individuals worldwide. Instead of paying with cash or via paper checks, people prefer to pay using their mobile devices, including cell phones and Smartphone. Mobile payments happen through direct mobile billing, via the web, and through direct operator billing. In the education sector, students can use their cell phones to pay admission and course fees in real-time. They don’t need to travel all the way to the administration office to clear payment formalities.

Use of “Google Search”

“Google Search” is the most widely used search engine in the world. It is used by millions of people to get answers to their queries. Students are using Google Search everyday for a multitude of purpose.

Emailing

Students can instantly get in touch with the teacher after school hours via emails. School, college, and university teachers are now encouraging students to contact them via emails covering issues that need to be resolved at the earliest. Often teachers who don’t find the time to listen to individual student problems during normal class hours can go through emails and address problems as soon as possible. Besides, students can always send their draft projects or assignments to the professor to have a glance through and point out areas that require improvement.