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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:15 am 
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Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDeL2wOW5Hs

Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxKp157Bl4o

Part 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYm8sNXWcwQ

If any of these have already been posted let me know. I didn't see them anywhere.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:18 am 
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Tom posted this interesting comment in the question section of Part 2 about competition:

Consciousness evolution or de-evolution is dependent on the intent behind an action, more than the action itself. What is the intent, purpose, motivation driving the action? How will this intent likely affect system entropy in the long run? The probability of decreasing system entropy (positive evolution) is raised as a system evolves toward more effective and productive states (with greater potential for cooperative and mutually supportive, interaction).

Evolving a more capable entity with a larger decision space through competitive mating selection increases the potential for both good and bad choices but the system is biased toward supporting the increase of a conscious entities quality. Entities are given an innate urge to improve themselves and cooperation and caring are the most effective way to do that.. Also, in the long term view, the system rewards low entropy choices and suppresses high entropy choices (cooperation and caring always produce better results for everyone in the long run). Thus, that greater potential (larger decision space generated by competition creating a species with more potential) will in the long run will produce a positive (lower entropy) result for the system and everyone in it.

Competition doesn't always have to be directed by fear or ego ("it is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game"), although in our "elementary school" culture, it often is. The nature of reality and consciousness evolution has made it our mission to reduce our fear and ego -- to convert the results of that competition to love.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:24 am 
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Some of Tom's comments under Part 3:

Question: Tom you said that the ego always defend itself finding no problems with itself. But there too is the possibility of an ego who is blaming itself all the time. This could happen to a person who grew up in a religous setting believing that living out its freedom is sin. Could you say something about this kind of situation. It would be interesting to hear you talking about this kind of ego state.

Tom: You are correct. The ego that is blaming itself all the time is, in some ways, even more dysfunctional than the defending ego because the negative feedback it generates is difficult to notice since it is often more internal than external, which simply feeds the problem rather than exposing it.

Question: Looks like we can watch the ego do its dance like we are a witness to our feelings and thoughts moving in and out. So, if you are watching it you cant be it. I guess there is a freedom to dance with the ego or to ignore it. Maybe Tom you can chip in and tell us if I am wrong here.

Tom: Yes, it is possible to live without fear, and thus, to live without ego. Ego, a product of fear, is the driving force of de-evolution not existence. Ego is awareness in the service of fear. Without fear, your awareness is in the service of love. This definition of ego is almost exactly like Freud's. What Freud saw in all of his subjects and named "ego" was awareness in the service of fear. What he saw in some of his subjects and named "super ego" was awareness in the service of love. Everything lying beyond his subjects awareness because it was hidden by fear, was called the sub-consciousness. The "Id" primarily lived in the sub-consciousness.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:42 am 
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Nice to see Tom reiterate how Freud's work was developed in regard to his clients at that time in evolution.


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