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Mind Surfing

Uaugh, Gilliosa

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ISBN 10: 0968580408 / ISBN 13: 9780968580400
Published by Mindsurfer Mindware Technologies, 1999
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Title: Mind Surfing

Publisher: Mindsurfer Mindware Technologies

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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A routine surveillance during a drug bust in an abandoned bowling alley leads Karen Simpson, a young Ottawa Police Officer to an apex that changes her life forever.

From the Author:

This book is about awakenings and voyages. This preface is about the awakenings and voyages that led me to write this book.

Life is filled with many difficult questions that we readily dismiss if we can't find quick answers. We remain determined to find quick solutions and publish, publish, publish! We don't reward or encourage people to seek hard answers to the hard questions, but instead encourage the bottom line, the discovery that will get the most attention in the quickest time. There are brilliant and dedicated people out there willing to tackle the hard issues--the issues that may carve a millimetre during their lifetime toward a future revelation. All too often scholars and researchers are left pursuing their interests as hobbies outside of work because of lack of funding. Many know too well that if they don't subscribe to this cultural meme, then they won't receive the grants and funding that could significantly advance many areas of research. Unfortunately, it seems we are fixated on the fiscal result, the bottom line!

For this reason, I see a great deal of merit in hybrid disciplines like Cognitive Science where several specialties work in symphony toward the same end. For those of you who aren't familiar with Cognitive Science, it combines Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy, Linguistics, Neuroscience and Computer Science (specifically Artificial Intelligence) and is a vibrant and rich area of research that continues to grow and stimulate new research. So many of us get caught up in the semantics of our own approaches, that we miss out on the richness of the homogeneity that exists when we work together with synergy. Isn't it odd how it often takes major crisis' to unite us onto the same team and give us a common vision. Imagine if this was the rule, not the exception! Okay, so you've pegged me, I'm an idealist. You're right! And what of it? I have hope for the human race and believe that we can all learn to love each other and do wondrous things, beautiful things.

So what led me here? Well, I believe what started much of this stream of reasoning was the study of physics. One day while in a physics lecture, I drew a dot on a piece of paper and imagined a funnel between my mind and the minuscule point. I calculated, pondered and bent my mind around the physics that would be needed to travel to this dot and imagined what I would find when I arrived there. My life was profoundly changed during that period. I discovered a new world that contained similarities and disparities not unlike the world we perceive as reality.

I continued to explore the world of the dot and found three other elements; the line (or a series of dots, a series of snapshots or instances that form a path), the circle (or cycle, the modifying loops of life and experience that form us), the balance (the balance or duplicity of everything, equilibrium). I assigned these four philosophical points to the points on a tetrad and jokingly referred to this as my dot theory of relativity. Years later I discovered that indeed I was not alone in using tetrad structures, and that I was in fact in good company. Plato talked about a similar philosophical model that he called a quadrivium and Carl Jung, in his Collected works referred to it as a quaternity. The tetrad can be used to represent many relationships and has stood the test of time. Thus I found it amusing during a recent sermon when a pastor friend, Stanley Hanna, B.Div,M.Div talked about the ails of modern day western society being rooted in four principle pillars: Materialism (everything I can get), Hedonism (all the pleasure I can find), Relativism (no moral absolutes), and Individualism (I am completely self-sufficient. I don't need a spiritual God or others. I am God.) I agree with Stanley and found it ironic that his ad-hoc model was based on a tetrad structure. The forces he theologized about are strong in our universe and I are plausible explanations of what are leading us away from morality and the simple love that Christ, Ghandi, Mohammed, Mother Theresa, and many others spent their lifetimes imparting. Instead of centering our model of the ideal around self-reliance, self-indulgence and self-promotion in wisdom, we should look a little deeper and strive to love and share with those around us. We should also strive to leave the world a better place than when we arrived.

I chose to write this work as a novel, not a technical paper, so I could appeal to a wider audience, so I could stretch the limits of what is, into the realm of the fantastic.

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