Introduction: A Great Wave descending
What will happen to science, education and society once it is accepted that consciousness is not confined to the brain but is entangled with other minds, nature and the cosmos?
There is a major shift emerging in science and society which will mark a dramatic change in education, business and life itself. This development represents not merely a trend, but heralds a major civilisational
shift in the understanding of humankind’s relationship with t
he universe in which it exists. The revolution I am referring to will occur when it is fully accepted that human consciousness is intimately interwoven with nature and the world. Our minds are not confined to our brains, but extend non-locally through both time and space.
The Great Mind Shift is the acceptance of the truth that this extended mind is real and that consciousness and intelligence are not accidental bi-products of localised physical systems; they comprise a fundamental aspect of both life and cosmos.
We do not yet fully understand the mechanisms for the processes which mediate the extended mind
, but the evidence for non-local nature of consciousness is now so fully compelling that it cannot be denied. The advent of the Great Mind Shift is just a matter of time. But are you ready for it? The purpose of this book is simple: to alert you to what is happening and to bring to your attention how the Great Mind Shift is likely to impact you and everybody else on the planet. In the prelude I outlined my long-term motivation in writing about the subject-matter of this book. Yet my immediate inspiration for
The Great Mind Shift
came in the wake of the recent controversy surrounding the TED
organisation’s decision to censure videos of TEDx
talks by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock, and also to withdraw the license for the alternative-science focused TEDxWestHollywood event. The latter featured speakers such as ESP researcher Russell Targ, social anthropologist Marilynn Shlitz, and alternative health practitioner Larry Dossey. TED, under pressure from ultra-conservative scientists and skeptics like Jerry Coyne and PZ Meyer, accused these speakers of perpetrating
The public backlash against TED and the pressure groups was considerable, with many thousands of comments being left on the TED discussion boards. Both
videos were subsequently posted on YouTube without TED’s approval,
generating a combined total of a million views in short time. Notably, the TED censorship story was picked up by numerous social media outlets and blogs. The response on the net was almost universally in support of the censured talks.
Science Set Free
quickly skyrocketed into the top ten on several Amazon.com categories. The TED controversy was a watershed moment where a largely informed, intelligent and popular sentiment rose to challenge entrenched scientific orthodoxy. Many of those commenting on the subject were highly educated individuals with PhDs and degrees in
science. Ironically, both Sheldrake’s and Hancock’s talks addressed the issue of mainstream