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  • Simple organisms lack consciousness; they respond reflexively.  More complex organisms with consciousness add sophisticated but relatively predictable mental responses; they are genetically determined or acquired from previous experience.  Humans have a vast repertoire of preprogrammed reflexes and assumptions plus the ability to reflect on our thinking, make modifications, and initiate original action.  Pre-wired action pathways are inflexible and poorly adaptable to the new challenges we create.  Learn to look for and recognize those hardwired action patterns that have become maladaptive.
  • Nature predisposes us to fight or flight, survival of the fittest behavior; nurture prescribes their traditional action pathways through “should, have to, must, ought” trigger words that dictate yesterday’s solutions to today’s problems.  Our tendency to respond to information habitually and “uncritically” gets us into trouble when confronted with new issues that require “out of the box” common sense solutions.  In our partially civilized world, we are rarely confronted with emergencies requiring instant action.
  • Power can be expressed wisely and stupidly.  Wise assumptions based on common sense and current knowledge are likely to result in more productive outcomes than faulty, established assumptions that ignore current knowledge.  We make ourselves effective leaders by educating our cerebral cortex to verify our established assumptions using common sense.  The Triple A stren, #66, explains the process of examining our maladaptive assumptions and selectively substituting ones that work.
  • As we acquire knowledge of cause-and-effect, we continuously upgrade the assumptions that constitute our worldview.  Our ancestor’s giant leaps of faith went far beyond reason.  They led to idol worship, superstition, and rituals we now consider bizarre.  Science inspires us to revise our assumptions and diminish the size of our leaps.  We no longer burn presumed witches at the stake or believe we live on a flat world that is the center of the universe.  Many faith-inspired groups are now accepting the idea that the creative force that explains us required more than six days and that we are a work-in-progress, better described as humane becomings instead of human beings, because we are proceeding to greater complexity and personal responsibility for our destiny.
  •  Our ancestors were intelligent but they lacked knowledge.  Their survival and ours may be attributed to the cunning use of brains to overcome brawn.  Through our use of symbols, we build on our survival skills.  Stren #50 explains that we grow knowledge like an asymptotic curve, not as a straight line (see graph below).  With the development of the scientific method, we grow our power of knowledge in shorter and shorter periods of time.
    • We used fists, rocks, sling shots, and bows and arrows for 150,000 years to kill a few at a time, but now we are creating and making available weapons with ultimate destructive power to multiple tribes.  Our generation and succeeding ones now have the power to rapidly advance civilization, eliminate war, and institutionalize peace.  We have also made ourselves the first species to put itself on 24/7 alert to destroy all that is about us and we are making this power widely available.