‘Life is a series of meetings.’ I think that is one of the most significant expressions I have ever heard, and it made a big impact on me. I was training to be a workshop leader in creative thinking and that training was one to one work on how to handle all those meetings.
One kind of meeting is the one you have with yourself, or as Rita Carter might say, ‘between yourselves.’
Another kind of meeting is with ‘the executive’, which might be your executive self, but essentially it is with the ‘decision maker,’ which may be you or may be your boss.
For several years I have been looking into what people are saying now about how the mind works, how we think, how we make judgements, our free will, our sense of consciousness. Some of that is captured in my book, Judgement Day.
Judgement Day is a novel. I created characters and a story in order to have people talking about learning about thinking, and free will, and consciousness, and love and anger and other things.
I wrote it as a novel because I wanted people to be able to enter into the spirit of understanding what people were saying about these things, getting a feeling for what was being said.
My latest book is called How to Advise The President, which is a more direct and shorter book, a fraction of the size. It is a more nitty gritty book which explores how to work with some of the new ideas about how we think and all the rest.
I want this to be a book which engages people in a dialogue about the most important things going on in the world, so I have started this blog to pick some issues and see how they look and feel when exposed to new ways of thinking about thinking that are in those two books.
The Title, How to Advise The President, also refers to what may be one of the most difficult jobs there is, giving advice to leaders of the biggest companies, public organisations and governments.
Although we all have our part to play in how the world changes, how it evolves, some people have jobs which can make a huge difference, positively and negatively. Getting it wrong does serious harm to a lot of people. Even with all the advice available, from the brightest of people, those decisions still go wrong, again and again. So the book, and this dialogue, is in part an attempt to get to grips with some of the most important issues we all face, and they face.
The book explores how we may have some basic paradigms about our minds which are wrong, and big mistakes happen again and again when those paradigms are faulty. One of them is about Consciousness and Free Will.
I might occasionally refer to other books of mine, like Sam the Problem Solver, which is a book for children, young and old, a story about a girl who just seems to be good at solving problems.
Then there is the book with my good friend David Straker, called How to Invent (Almost) Anything. That book has an odd history. It started out as a book we published ourselves and sold at $250 a copy, and we sold quite a few around the world. Then we had it published and it sold for a lot less, and didn’t sell many. Now we have put it on again as an Ebook and it is selling well again.
Finally I have my ‘cookbook’, called The NO Recipe Cookbook, it is a book about life as well as cooking. It is about an attitude to life, and parties!
The books are available here, on Amazon, as Kindle Books but they can be read with most E book readers.
If you like this dialogue please let your friends know, so they can join in too.
So, now, how to begin?