How The Establishment Manipulates Society

The intricate web that holds the Establishment together is strong and deep.

1. Big Pharma Makes Billions of Dollars Selling Drugs.

2. They then BUY Political Candidates that support their interests.

3. Political candidates pass laws that make doctors OVER-PRESCRIBE drugs like anti-depressants.

4.People take anti-depressants that harmfully changes their biochemistry so that they feel a little better, but are simultaneously ADDICTED to Big Pharma’s drugs because they’re so hard to get off of.

5. Rather than using DEPRESSION as A SIGN SOMETHING IS OFF in their life and needs to be changed, Big Pharma’s drugs sap the emotional energy needed to FIGHT AGAINST the problems in their life that are making them sick.

6. Citizens become DOCILE and accept the status quo enabling other Billion Dollar EXPLOITATIVE Industries like Big Oil, Wall Street, BIG AGRICULTURE to further run rampant over Citizens’ self interests.

To paraphrase and add onto a thought from my friend Zak Stein, a Harvard trained developmental psychologist: The Psychopharmacology industry is part of a COMPOUNDING META-CRISIS at the global level. It is an actual PHYSICAL INTERVENTION into the central nervous system that is altering millions of Americans fundamental conscious experience of daily life. And that is DECIMATING the life prospects of up and coming generations. There’s an urgency to fix this problem for the sake of the dignity of human society.

Now quoting a famous speech from the movie The Network,

“I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell,’I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’”

…And then Support Bernie Sanders For President.

Because him winning the democratic nomination would be an amazing leverage point for a host of almost intractable, systemic, parasitic problems with the status quo of THE ESTABLISHMENT.

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Why the Models Probably Underestimate Bernie Sanders chance of Winning the Democratic Nomination

Predict Wise gives Bernie Sanders an 18% of chance of winning the Democratic Nomination.

Without studying the model, I think that is a grave underestimate.

I would give Bernie Sanders an intuitive Bayesian Prior of 65% of winning the Democratic Nomination right now.

Whether I move that number up or down depends on the unfolding skillful means of his campaign team.

Bernie Sanders has struck an incredibly powerful chord. A movement is brewing that will accrue exponential momentum that these models aren’t forecasting.

I think my facebook feed is a powerful early adopter signal and it is overwhelmingly pro-Bernie. And Bernie will Successfully Cross Geoffrey Moore’s Chasm.

Here are 5 big presumptive flaws in the current prediction model that puts Bernie at 18%, but will eventually tip the scales in his favor:

1. The Apathetic, Disenfranchised Millennial

Most pollsters expect this demographic to not come out to vote because they haven’t come out in the past. But they haven’t come out in the past because they believe the system is fundamentally broken. And the system is fundamentally broken, but now there’s finally a candidate who represents the viewpoint that system is fundamentally broken. So Bernie Sanders is activating a huge well of energy that was considered off the map. I see him tapping into the same energy of Hope and Change that Obama tapped into but was unable to fully deliver on, in part because he was too much of diplomat and not enough of a fighter. Bernie actually has the character disposition, track record and values to pick up where Obama left off.

He is tapping into an authentic moral developmental sequence of the universe. For those who know Integral Spiral Dynamics, he is the first full spectrum Green candidate, unlike Obama and Hillary who are Orange/Green. [Orange and Green roughly stand for Modernism and Post-Modernism] .

2. The Socialized Mind

There have been a plethora of tropes about Bernie Sanders not being capable of winning. Now that results have come in Iowa, he undeniably has to be taken seriously. He will likely win New Hampshire because it’s near his home state and then he will have a ton of momentum.

The Majority of American voters are in the psychological stage of development that Harvard Developmental Psychologists Robert Kegan would call the Socialized Mind. Essentially this means people primarily make decisions based on what their social circle is doing rather than really critically thinking for themselves.

When a population is made up primarily of people who are Socialized Minds, that population is incredibly susceptible to momentum.

3. The Socialized Mind Momentum Swing will Trigger a Bernie Sanders Fundraising Tidal Swell

We already saw the legitimizing effect the Iowa Caucus had on Sanders’ fundraising efforts yesterday: he raised 3 Million dollars in one day — his biggest day ever.

I expect his fundraising success to continue to in a positive feedback loop:
Appears more credible -> Raises more money -> Runs a more effective campaign -> Gets Results -> Appears more credible

4. Mainstream Media Indicators vs. Social Media indicators

The mainstream media has ignored Bernie. Yet Bernie has succeeded anyway. Mainstream media influences linearly and static-ly. The models and pundits underestimate the viral, interactive nature of social media.

5. Winning the Black Vote

The models say he struggles with this demographic. But that’s probably because he looks like a white grumpy grandpa who is easily dismissed on first impression. And Clinton has long time name recognition with Southern born Bill Clinton serving them well.

All the aforementioned factors will force Bernie to be seriously considered rather than dismissed on first impression.

Black leaders like Cornell West saying Bernie Sanders stands on the legacy of Martin Luther King will tip the scales in his favor.

I must admit — 3 years ago I posted I thought Hillary Clinton had probably better than 80% chance of being the next President of the United States.(

I did not see Bernie coming.

But I’m very glad The Bern has arrived.

In Favor of Non-Local Consciousness

If the Universe-as-a-Simulation Hypothesis is correct…or the very least where we are somewhere not near the beginning of a chain of intelligent civilizations then the theory that some part of Consciousness does not wholly reside in the brain but rather comes through us like a radio receiver is also probably correct…because the same thing is now happening in our current technology landscape where data and processing increasingly live in the cloud and are downloaded onto the hardware on an as needed, just in time basis.

This follows because the universe shows the pattern of self-similarity all the way up and all the way down (the most popular example of this being Fractals). So the developmental design patterns we converge on as optimal for guiding our technological evolution are very likely the same design patterns present in the evolution of consciousness and humanity.

Having said all that I’m not sure I’ve found anyone’s writing who I believe as the optimal balance between information processing of Consciousness “in-the-cloud” vs. “on-the device”. Almost everyone I’ve read are on the extremes of the path.

Like the liberation of the Buddha-Mind, I prefer the middle path.

Death, Destruction and the Systemic Viewpoint

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I only had [80 minutes]” – Blaise Pascal

My Facebook feed today is overrun with messages of loss, grief, and hope for the recovery and renewal of Harbin Springs in the wake of the Lake County fire that rapidly and unexpectedly destroyed its physical manifestation.

I have only been to Harbin once in January 2015, and feel fortunate I was to get a brief taste of its magical energy before its current incarnation passed yesterday from this world.

Due to my limited personal experience with Harbin I don’t have much to say in terms of what it meant to me, but as I awoke from my evening power nap, I realized I have some thoughts I would like to share on Loss, Relationship (with people or places), Recovery and Restorative Responsibility.

In processing loss some of the most important questions we can ask are:

What was good, true, and beautiful about this experience?
What can learn from this experience which is now over?
What do we want to take with us? What do we want to let go of?
How can we best honor this experience, letting it indelibly permeate our being?

Then some of the most important questions are about responsibility, first in the past up to the present.

In the ending of this experience what was due chance? What was mine? What was theirs? What was projection? What was innate structural misalignment? Was there anything I could have done differently to have reached a different outcome? Would any of those other outcomes have been better for me or for them?

Then feeling into the future, potent questions to ask yourself are:

Given what I’ve now processed about the past and present, what do I want for the future?
And given what I’ve now processed about the past and present how will my plans, actions and energy be different now going forward, so that I learn from my mistakes, trials and challenges rather than repeat them?
Am I ready to let some part of me die so that I may become a person capable of holding this bigger future?
Am I ready to give up being a victim, give up being powerless, give up being right, give up being small and do my very best to take the vision of my best future self into my own hands, and commit to stepping into that version of myself, right now and always…developing the meta-cognitive awareness to recognize when I’m out alignment and coming back to my higher self, continuously, faster and faster…. just like the breath in concentration meditative practice?

There are some right answers to these questions and some wrong ones. Some things are objectively true, and something are objectively not. But most of the potent territory lies in the realm of the subjective, and in the union of multiple subjective experiences into a dynamic intersubjective.

There are no wrong answers in the subjective realm. Nobody can invalidate your subjective truth. There are no facts here either. Only your story. Only your interpretation of what happened. And interpretations can change. Through personal reflection. Through wise reflection from friends. Through truly hearing another person and seeing what happened through their eyes and their perspective. And there is no time limit to updating our interpretation of our lives. They can happen anytime and in an instant.

Over the years, I have found myself leading many friends through various forms of Relationship transitions, and while these questions are more related to human to human relationships, they are still quite relevant to our relationships to spiritual refuges like Harbin Hot Springs.

So what is my essential interpretation of what happened in my community’s tragic *break up* with Harbin Hot Springs?

Much of what needs to be said is already being said by the community, beautifully, poetically, and with ripped open hearts. So with my global systematic strategic orientation, this is what I feel most called to add the conversation:

I believe the destruction of Harbin Hot Springs is a tragedy that did not need to happen. It was always probabilistically possible for Harbin to physically die in a fire. But its chances of occurring have been drastically and significantly increased by Global Warming and the increase of Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere.

Professor George Lakoff said Global Warming systemically caused Hurricane Sandy. And by extension it is relatively easy to claim that Global Warming systematically caused the destruction of Harbin Hot Springs.

Global Warming dramatically increases the probability and frequency of Extreme Weather events like massive fires, massive droughts and massive hurricanes.

So when you feel the pain of Harbin Hot Springs, feel into the pain of what was lost. But then feel fully into what it represents.

Perhaps the biggest lesson in Harbin’s death is right there in its name.


A HARBINger of what’s to come if humanity does not step in take responsibility for how our global energy system since the Dawn of the Industrial Revolution has externalized harm to the environment, and now threatens so much of what we hold dear and love about this beautiful world.

Let the pain of the loss of Harbin wash over you and then feel into the potential loss of hundreds of places like Harbin all over the world, with hundreds of millions of people losing their homes, and their livelihoods.

The pain and suffering you feel in the loss of Harbin will be amplified 100 fold if we do not transition to a fully Renewable Global Energy System and safely Geoengineer the planet back down to Pre-Industrialized levels of Greenhouse Gases.

Then let that pain be your fuel, your motivation to prevent this suffering from occurring in the future.

Commit to building a sustainable world where tragedies like this do not become a regular occurrence.

I wish I had an organization or a metastrategic plan of action to direct people to who could use the pain of this tragedy to contribute to successful systemic remediation of Global Warming.

Unfortunately I have not seen any person, plan or organization adequate to the the complexity and immensity of the task.

An adequate plan requires a deep understanding of theory and praxis of at least:
– Integral systematic thinking
– The developmental nature of consciousness and and the differing motivational drives at each level,
– Political and economic power
– The cutting edge of Atmospheric Science
– Geoengineering
– Exponential technological progress and what new technology tools we will have available in the next 50 years
-An executive team worthy of Bill Torbert’s Ironist Leadership stage, capable of directing a massive human movement without self-destructing in ego or simple ineffectiveness.

The solution probably requires at least:
– A global cap and trade system
– A global political governing body capable of reigning India and China
– The removal of oil subsidies
– Properly priced externalities
– Use of cutting edge biotechnology and nanotechnology to drop greenhouse gases down 350 parts per million

“A crisis is a terrible thing to waste”.
– Paul Romer

Unfortunately, my soul says Global Warming is not my War to be a leading General in for at least 5-10 years, as I am entrenched in a different war, for now. But I am here to provide guidance to friends whose war it is.

So in the coming days as you are processing the loss of Harbin, feel into the wise words of my friend Marc Gafni:

“We live in a world of outrageous pain. The only response to outrageous pain is outrageous love.”

And not just any love. A love that is so big it is capable of actually preventing immense potential future suffering of this beautiful world and all of its beautiful inhabitants.

A love so deep, and so strong it calls you into a version of yourself you never knew was possible. A love that calls you into a version of yourself so big, you become the type of person who is capable of turning the massive tides of Global Warming and preventing the pain and suffering of the loss of millions of Harbin Hot Springs.

Best wishes to you on your healing journey.

May the darkness reveal the true power of our collective love and light.

Speculation on Cosmic Civilizations

Friend: Today I learned there are 1,000 trillion planets in the universe that can support life. One thousand trillion!

Me: The evolutionary developmental transcension hypothesis model formulated by my close friend John M. Smart, would in my interpretation predict that we don’t meet 99% of them till we are ready to reproduce a new baby universe through an intelligent black hole a couple hundred years after the coming technological singularity around 2050-2070.

We might get to meet a couple other civilizations before then who are close enough in the light cone, but there is <99% probability these civilizations have already gone through their own technological singularity already and transitioned to a post-biological technologically etherealized society.

There is a chance they will transparently interact with us, teach us things and support us, but only when human civilization has enough unity, empathy and systematic global interdependence to be able to magnanimously interact with a more powerful post-humanoid civilization and not freak the fuck out.

In the meantime I have heard there is some credible classified information that these post biological civilization in our neck of the multiverse’s woods may be supporting us hidden in the shadows, to make sure we don’t kill ourselves like the immature childish civilization we are. This is why children have parents. So they don’t kill themselves when they are learning how to exist in the world. Intelligent civilizations in the universe likely follow a self similar pattern to the biological relationship of children and parents. We are not ignored because the higher consciousness of these more technologically advanced post human societies necessitates a greater divine paternal and maternal mortality. Other life will not come to kill us has Hollywood has deceived you continuously for their own fear mongering profit. Only transcendently beautiful, pure, highly moral societies will successfully transition to post human eras. The rest will inevitably self destruct by the laws of integral systems theory.

Speculation on Cosmic Civilization based on the extrapolation of cutting edge systems theory and integral philosophy over and out.

If All Models Are Wrong, So Are Your Feelings

Most people have heard the quote, “All models are wrong but some are useful”.

Unfortunately they miss the deeper truth about what the quote is saying not just about models but about reality.

So let me extend this quote in perhaps a surprising but nonetheless truthful manner:

If all models are wrong then so are all of your feelings.

It’s simply a matter of where you chose to place the identification marker on the ladder of abstraction which extends all the way down. Beneath your thoughts. Beneath your feelings. Beneath the undifferentiated phenomogical continuum to sub-atomic particles…and deeper still.

Your feelings are wrong.

…but some are useful.

And I mean it too.

Your feelings are wrong.

No, I’m serious.

Your feelings are wrong.

An Integral Critique of Thomas Metzinger’s Talk on Spirituality & Intellectual Honesty

Thomas Metzinger’s talk last night at the Battery on Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty was good…

…but it reminds me of why I dropped out of Stanford in less than a quarter and why I generally find lectures a waste of time:

Everything covered was at an intermediate level (not to say T.M. can’t go higher himself) and his theory was muddled with what I would consider at least a half dozen fundamental errors:

1& 2) No mention of developmental structures consciousness on any spectrum (Kohlberg, Maslow, Commons, Graves, Loevinger etc)

This oversight played out on multiple dimensions of his talk:

a) Did not frame the fight between rationalist philosophers and the church in the proper perspective (Individualistic Modernism vs. Collective Traditionalism).

b) Did not really tap into the values or discuss the emergent behavior present in any of the worldviews beyond modernism (post-modernism, integral etc).

c) All discussions of ethics and intellectual honesty were framed in very dry modern terms based on the views of primarily 17th-19th century philosophers [Kant, Nietzche, Locke etc]. Much progress has been made since then. No mention of even any post modern philosophers like Derrida or Foucault, with their breakthroughs on the relativism of ethics, morals and truth.

3) No mention of developmental stabilization of states of consciousness (Gross, Subtle, Causal, Non-Dual)

4) Lack of knowledge about maps showing culture invariance in meditative and spiritual states of consciousness (…/what-is-the-wilber-comb…/)

5) No proper treatment of the concept of ego-transcendence which a fellow philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris has done a beautiful treatment of:

“As I will discuss in future essays, the form of transcendence that appears to link directly to ethical behavior and human well-being is the transcendence of egoity in the midst of ordinary waking consciousness. It is by ceasing to cling to the contents of consciousness—to our thoughts, moods, desires, etc.—that we make progress. Such a project does not, in principle, require that we experience more contents.[5] The freedom from self that is both the goal and foundation of “spiritual” life is coincident with normal perception and cognition—though, admittedly, this can be difficult to realize. –…/it…/drugs-and-the-meaning-of-life

6) Psychographic Observer Bias

If Metzinger himself has not experienced “the goal and foundation” of spiritual life, much of his commentary on it is consequentially inconsequential. i.e. If you have never used a microscope to the resolution required to see bacteria, you are not a trustworthy source to comment about the fluid dynamics of bacteria.

Based on his talk he seems to be situated at Modern/Subtle awareness. At least that’s where his whole talk centered from. So any phenomena existing in structures and states higher than Modern/Subtle he wouldn’t be qualified to comment on.

It makes me want to do the work now to put down the the theories I’ve been working on for years into books and papers so that I can start giving talks.

I’ve effectively synthesized Integral Theory with Evolutionary Developmental Systems Theory which generates a wide range of valuable integrations, models and predictions.

To name a few:

– The Integration of Spirituality, Technology & Economy
(specifically accelerating technological progress on a path to a Kurzweilian soft-launch Singularity)

– A developmental path to Enlightenment consistent with developmental psychology, neuroscience and philosophy of mind. (I even construct upon some of Metzinger’s concepts like the Phenomenal Self- Model to create Post-personal Phenomenal Self-Models with non-dual enlightenment pre-requisites)

– A typology of post-enlightenment worldviews and structures of consciousness

– Solutions to the Mind/Body Problem, Free Will, Epistemological Pluralism, God, Moral Relativism, Absolute Truth etc.

– An ontological model of the universe that integrates objective and subjective reality with principles and processes that are embedded in all of the universe’s and likely multiverse’s subsystems.

(This piece has many practical applications. For instance, I used this model to build the ontological model of the Startup Genome for instance, which has recently gone through a significant iteration).

I am standing on the shoulders of some very brilliant, yet relatively unknown minds, so making one step further didn’t require that much effort. I applied a simple cross-paradigmatic approach and things kind of just fell into place.

Alas, this academic project is deep in the backlog right now as I’m prioritizing building businesses over disseminating theories and ideas.

I have decided to prioritize my time this way because the fundamental block in the world’s creative economy is not good theory but the institutions capable of turning good theory into meaningful societal change, in the form of products, services and policies.

So I’m focusing on building those institutions capable of turning theory into action before shaking things up in theory land.

Stay tuned.

And let me know if you want to help.