Monday, August 28, 2006

Introduction

You have within you all the capability for happiness, power, success, becoming rich and famous. The only true limits to your achievements is within you.

The trick is figuring out how to release these capabilities and make it all happen.

In Go Thunk Yourself!, I laid out the discovery of basic principles all self-help bestsellers used to help people improve their own lives. In this book, I'll build on that foundation.

We are on a road to regaining control of the programming you get during your lifetime, as well as any habits you've picked up through simply living life in the cultures you've experienced.

The problem is to wade through this tremendous amount of data. Imagine having to examine every data you have ever accepted and all those habits you've created or adopted. That was the situation I faced. After 30 years of living, I started to question my own habits and data, examining core values I held as well as those I had trained in – both in philosophy, religion(s), and my own family values from the culture I had lived as a child.

Added to this data was the immense pile of data which was now available over the Internet. Once I started examining data, I was flooded with new material. All the philosophic masters could be accessed, downloaded, and made to fill up many hard drives and CD's. But that was just it – it was a massive pile of data. I needed a way to evaluate that data and distill it into something useful.

I had run across various evaluation systems, such as Scientific Methodology, but who is to say which of these actually worked? For all the Science in the world, their own studies say that around 50 percent of the studies contradict the other half. Great.

An obvious tool to review these evaluation systems would be Logic. But – have you looked into some of these modern Logic texts lately? Holy moley, what a confused mess. These require some graduate studies in mathematics just to get started.

My solution was to get to the basics of this particular subject. A first premise was that earlier studies were simpler than later complexities. Another premise was that there was an underlying system of thought which worked. Somehow, mankind was improving its lot. So underneath, something was making all the ingenious thinking we do as a species work.

In this book, I really get into this whole scene of logical thought, evaluation systems, and building some sort of “philosophic analytic engine” to sort through massive amounts of data. (Meaning how anyone could boil any amount of data down quickly, all in their own head.) As a matter of fact, while I submitted this study as my PhD thesis, it gets pretty thick real quick. So in this book, I've taken phrases such as “polyhedral tetradic analytic engine” and condensed that into a simpler “four-way thunk”. There's other examples in here – but the point is to get the data across, not have you stumble across the nomenclature. I've worked to keep the terms I use here simple, as well as the grammar. But occasionally a difficult concept requires a difficultly-turned phrase – though I've worked to keep these to a minimum. In those cases, you could just skip a paragraph of so and then come back if it still didn't make sense. I wouldn't even try to get all the concepts on the first reading – just too much here to get right off.

If you want to skip this first part on Logical Analysis, then go ahead. Go back to the Table of Contents and pick out something more interesting. The conclusions are probably more important to some people than how I got there. But on the other hand, maybe you'd like to really speed up your thinking and improve your ability to “think outside your boxes”. That's what all this work helps you do. But back-to-front or front-to-back, you only get out what you put into it. There are tons of lessons here to be learned, far beyond anything I wrote into it or even intended.

The toughest part of this book has been turning these high and flighty texts (including my own) back into the vernacular so anybody could understand and apply all this stuff. I did it because there are some real gems in here, which anyone would want to know in order to get through their life in one piece – or make an unruly life a bit more orderly. Let alone, this data points to things like making anyone (and so, everyone) into a success. Believe it or not, there's even a recipe for world peace in here as well...

For now, let's get back to simplicities.

I'll start with sorting out how people think and figure things out..

Let's get going.

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