Conversations on consciousness.

February 17th, 2012

The art of developing a success consciousness that will create what you want requires managing your thoughts and directing your own energy. In other words, how you interpret yourself and your situation – what you think about and how you think about it – become critical to your success.

And because consciousness is a phenomenon and not a thing, I’m interested in any new studies, research or work that examines our self-awareness.

So I eagerly bought a ticket to Wednesday’s US premiere of “Just Trial and Error: Conversations on Consciousness” at The Rubin Museum after reading this promotional copy:

“What do art and science have to say about consciousness? Perhaps no aspect of the mind is more familiar or more puzzling than consciousness – it is something that has defied definition. Yet our conscious experience of self and the world is what shapes us and our history.”

In an attempt to understand consciousness, filmmaker Alex Gabbay invited sculptor Antony Gormley, eminent neuroscientists Prof. Brian Butterworth and Dr. Beau Lotto and internet entrepreneur Twain Luu—whose study of the “global brain” makes fascinating reading—to explore its meaning and how it affects their area of work. Structured in a non-linear way, the four protagonists present insights on the human brain, global consciousness, the role of the internet, perception, the space art occupies, etc.

If you get a chance to see this hour-long film, jump at it.  It will leave you with much to think about. Interestingly, some of the more provocative comments come from Gormley who suggests that we would benefit from a shift in how we view the world. That is, rather than being locked into a cause-and-effect perspective, we would be better served by “rising out of the place where anything can happen.”

The conversation continues.

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