FUTURLOGICS a system of prospective thinking:by james n. hall COPYRIGHT © 1983 BY JAMES NORMAN HALL ---------------------------------------------------------------------- No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever without express written permission of the publisher ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Printed in the United States of America SELF TEACHING PUBLICATIONS WEST JORDAN, UTAH 84084 USA Previous Next Table of Contents of FUTURLOGICS PART ONE ORIENTATION Chapter I PSYCHOLOGY ATTITUDE OF FUTURLOGICS Research in the field of psychology has produced little organized knowledge of the ways in which we comprehend the future. Much of the thinking we do about the future is indirect, akin to the subconscious thought processes common to psychology in general. The reason for this is that sustained conscious thought of the future produces anxiety. This anxiety, however, is cause more from lack of a concrete design than by any reason of the abstract nature of the future. It is commonly said that "the best way to handle the future is by not thinking of it at all." Some social and cultural influences foster such approaches by indirect means. Even so, not thinking of the future is another way of saying that we are relinquishing conscious effort--letting our forethinking remain at the subconscious level. When an subconscious and suppressed idea is brought to consciousness, it will either produce anxiety and distress or it will relieve tension and be cathartic. Therefore, a certain amount of tension is unavoidable, but there will also be rewards to exhilarate and stimulate study. Our method of defining our surroundings has a lot to do with our attitude. Attitude can also turn anxiety to serenity and make the discordant become harmonious. Compare the man who sees a glass of water as half empty to the man who KNOWS it to be half full! A positive or negative view illustrates the effect of definition in thinking and in perception. The future should never be defined as "half empty" as a positive attitude is to be favored, at first, while studying the future, thus contributing to the full benefit of futurlogics. Pessimism versus optimism is an old debate; we have heard the benefits and detriments of either emphasized. Later we will see that these are merely tools of the good futurist. They should not be accepted as the complete approach. In the meantime, we are to remember while assuming the positive or the optimistic stance, how we define our world will influence how we live in the world. Everything has either a beginning, middle or ending, depending upon our definition or point of reference. In reality, what is a beginning of one is the middle of another; also what is the middle of some other is the ending of still another. Until we realize this power that definition has over our attitude, we will not understand that beginnings, middles, and endings are at the same time endings, middles, and beginnings. All of this has much to do with our ability to study the future. Some persons see every event as an ending; this will foster a doomsday attitude leading to a negative outlook, which is not always useful. Again, those who see the middle of every action are sensory bound and value is measured in terms of material hard reality. The beginning-man is the one in the best position because he has the perspective of seeing everything progressing in its natural time order. He may conceive the whole of reality as it develops in sequence--first to last. THE MIND AND THE BRAIN The mind is more than the brain. Thinking is a stimulus in itself. The mind responds to more than sense perceptions of the physical environment. Even animals react to the internal stimuli of their instincts. Man uses his intelligence to survive and progress as animals use their instinct to adapt and survive changes in their environment. There are good reasons for an optimistic approach. We will not assign limits to mental capacity since doing so causes artificial barriers. We will discover the natural limits of the mind by personal experience, and avoid any skeptical closed-mindedness that retards mental growth. The mind may have no limits! RELATIONSHIP OF THE MIND TO THE SENSES Many animals have a keener sense of sight, smell, or hearing than man does. It would logically follow that animals are in better contact with the environment. But sense perception without mental process is nothing more than stimulus-response of the most rudimentary form. Animals perceive no past and no future. The only have instincts to enable them to operate in the continuum of the present. Man not only has the ability to conceive of a past and a future, but he can also consciously plan and prepare for future events and conditions. His intelligence makes possible a life beyond simple sense contact with the physical environment. On the other hand, with out senses the mind operates in a vacuum. When our sensory contact is limited we compensate for it by relying on the other senses, as we observe in the blind and deaf. During sense deprivation experiments the effect of sensory deficiency upon consciousness is dramatic. When the mind is cut off from sensory feedback, it goes into action with new freedom, but as time passes progressive boredom and hallucinations result. Although it is refreshing to imagine an environment free of distraction, the mind thrives and need stimulation. We meditate at times, and "sitesee" at other times. The art of balancing the mental life with the sensory life is the key to concentration and observation. If our mind is engrossed in deliberation like the absent-minded professor we miss many things that go on about us. But it is obvious that if we don't stop to ponder, we may never know the meaning of things. Beyond the range of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, we are at a loss. We have invented instruments to compensate for these limitations. We see the stars through telescopes and listen to fish sending signals through the water with sonar device; through instruments our ancestors never knew existed. But when instrumentation reaches its limits we are forced to rely again on the mind and the purely mental contact. The future is total abstraction. It is something that must be grasped by the mind, and the mind must be at its best to consider the future. Prospective thinking is the most advanced form of thought. The Future must be approached from a purely mental environment: ultimately we must perceive the future with our mind. The senses only give us a sample of the things they perceive; they never tell us everything. Even if we were outfitted with perceptual organs to provide us information of the material world, their inherent limitations give us only a partial picture of what is "really out there." The magician uses this fact to work his feats of illusion. Also, no two persons receive the same event exactly the same. We are never able to see, hear, taste, smell, or touch everything all at once. The senses alone leave us with an incomplete picture of the total environment. Reality is "seen" with both the mind and the senses. We can make up for this partial contact with the material environment by the mental process. From samples we derive the properties of the whole. The mind uses the samples a data to fill in and we feel we have the complete picture. Since observation is never complete, things are understood only after we have accumulated data from many angles, from many periods of time. This is converted into a symbolic form so the mind can operate upon it. From symbolic form we gain the capacity to judge, to value, to remember and relate to any subsequent perception, adding depth. Perception becomes more meaningful as the number of related experiences give background to sensory data. The first impressions and experiences--though superficial--are samplary. We remember the first time we experience things better than the succeeding times. When we let the dominating influences of a strong first impression color the following similar experiences, we often make poor judgments. Sometimes this is used to our benefit, such as, when favorable first impressions foster important relationships. When we meet a new business contact we are on our best behavior, and the red carpet is rolled out to dignitaries to cement this effect. THE MIND AS PERCEIVER The mind is the receiver of perception since it accepts and registers the stimuli sent by all the other senses. We can use common expressions to illustrate this: i.e. that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," "music is in the heart," and "seeing is believing." The mind adds quality to perceptions of the sense organs. With out these additions to sensory contacts, we would be at the basic stimulus reaction of the lowest forms of life. Action would be merely reflexive. Many of us need a place to meditate. Remember the last time the radio or the television was on in the next room while you were trying to read or concentrate? In such a din, we say that "I can't even hear my own thoughts." Thinkers, writers, and students seek a place where they are able to tune into their own thoughts. It is common practice to avoid stimulus and perception--mostly for beneficial reasons contributing to study habits. But what else do we block out, or shield from consciousness? Do we put out of mind other things as easily, such as the perceptions of the mind itself? Can the mind receive on its own, directly from the environment? Does a direct mental perception occur, bypassing the regular channels? Perhaps we ignore more than we realize. Can we be conscious of more than our own thoughts? Does the mind learn by direct means? Answers to these questions fairly scintillate the mind. DUAL DEFINITION OF DMP At this point in our discussion a concept fundamental to Futurlogics must be introduced. Direct Mental Process and Direct Mind Perception, (DMP), both refer to a mental operation necessary to self-teaching and learning the future. The mind as a "perceptual organ" itself is an idea that opens to view the world beyond the five senses. The future is intuitively known and the concept of Direct Mental Process or Direct Mind Perception takes on special meaning offering answers (perhaps to easily and temptingly) we seek. However, DMP is basic to this study. (Or to researching the unknown in general. The future can be a one word metaphor for all that is to be researched or yet learned.) DMP is a duplex acronym of both Direct Mind Perception and Direct Mental Process. The definition of DMP must be left purposely ambiguous to draw in simultaneously both dimensional features of mental consciousness. (The rational and intuitive nature of thought are both necessary to prospective thinking.) Because DMP contact with the future is left loosely defined, personal input into the subject is unavoidable. Rather than a problem, such bias is an aid (if we keep an open mind). As we shall see, as the theory develops, DMP can only be a matter of self-discovery and intuition after we develop Futurlogics. DMP may be creativity, meditation, intuitive insight or a process yet undefined. At this point we cannot make a strict definition. If we say what it IS, we also say what it IS NOT, and the mind is not left free to make its own discovery--an experience necessary to Futurlogics and to self-teaching. It is offered as a temporary concession that, since we now know that a future exists, we must have come to this knowledge by a purely mental process or perception. What that is, is DMP! Before DMP is apparent by self-discovery we experience hunches, insights, precognition and similar phenomena which reflect one form of bias; conversely, training and schooling in logic and reasoning and philosophy-related experience might ascribe to DMP the reasoning processes necessary to handle abstract thought. Either view or input is constructive to an understanding of Futurlogics and DMP. If an open mind is maintained these inputs will be unavoidable with an open definition; but, this should not affect the study of Futurlogics. Diversity of this nature should enhance the learning effect when principles of Futurlogics are discussed with others who look at the future with interest. No matter what DMP means to the reader, the general concept is a tool in studying the future. The minimum limits, however, for a working definition is that the future or the temporal environment can only be mentally considered or perceived. DMP offers a quick reference to such demands upon higher thought processes. DMP is also the intuitive process of hunches and insights that bode of the future. Finally, it is a shortened description of all the means of learning exclusive of the five senses. seeing is believing, but what we believe directs our eyes toward what we see. Without DMP we would not learn even with the five senses. (As we study the six modes/models of Futurlogics we shall see how nicely the three modes that relate the time continuum equate to DIRECT MENTAL PROCESS: and how appropriate three modes relate to DIRECT MIND PERCEPTION because of the principles of intelligence they represent such as imagination, assumption, creativity. This form of parallel thought streaming of DMP are foundations to the holistics of mind. ) DMP DEPENDS UPON CONSCIOUSNESS We never are conscious of everything at once. Awareness is limited, attention can be distracted or diverted. There is always an area of oblivion in mental life. There are limits. We have levels of consciousness, fields of awareness, directions of attention. These are dimensions of mind as they are dimensions of DMP. What one person may be acutely aware of another may be totally oblivious toward. Intelligence, native abilities, and capacities vary from person to person. Individually, we vary in intelligence at different times. We may go through all the phases of consciousness in a day. During night in sleep, early in the mourning, late in the evening will find most persons in different moods if not different mental states of consciousness or awareness. Experiments have shown that there are persons who perform at test better in the morning while others will do better in the evening, and what we are alert to at one time of day we may miss altogether at another time. Consciousness is a changeable thing. We may be more aware than we think. Blocking out unwanted stimulus is habit. We all shut out distractions. Does concentration get out of hand so that we also repress other mental activities we feel to be nonsensical or irrelevant? The extent of repression and blocking is unknown. Remember scientist's have determined that we use only a small percentage of our total brain capacities. Latent within us may be things we need only dream about to make true. Allow your intuitions! Ideas that pop into consciousness may be developing insights that will free flow to the surface. Attention to all things which enter the mind is the key to DMP. We should trace the origin of all ideas to their source. When we can do this, we know the credentials of our beliefs and knowledge.