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In This Issue
Editorial: The Collage as a Preferred Mode of Future Consciousness
New Wisdom Courses: "Beyond Theism" and "Examing Ideologies"
New Article: Science Ficiton: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future
Online Course on the Virtues: Humor
New Poems on Wisdom and the Future
New Edition of Journal of Futures Studies - Call for Papers on SF and FS
Consciousness and AI - John Searle - Robot Overlordz Interview
New Arizona Chapter of WFS - Eric Kingsbury Blog
Nicholas Maxwell's Global Philosophy
Academia.edu Website
Univ of Chicago Wisdom Research
Archive Pages for CFC and TWP
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This Month's Highlights
October, 2014


Included in this month's issue of Wisdom and the Future:   

  • Editorial: "The Collage as a Preferred Mode of Future Consciousness" Tom Lombardo 
  • New Wisdom Courses: "Beyond Theism" and "Knowing How You Know/Examining Ideologies" Lee Beaumont
  • New Article: "Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future" Tom Lombardo
  • Virtue of the Month: Humor - Lee Beaumont 
  • New Poems  on Wisdom and the Future and New Review on Mind Flight - Alan Nordstrom
  • New Edition of Journal of Futures Studies - Call for Papers on Science Fiction and Futures Studies
  • Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence - John Searle's Video and Book Review and Robot Overlordz Audio Interview
  • New Arizona Chapter for the World Future Society - Eric Kingsbury's Futurist Blog
  • Nicholas Maxwell's Global Philosophy
  • Academia.edu Website
  • University of Chicago Wisdom Research
  • Archive Pages for Center for Future Consciousness and The Wisdom Page 


Editorial: "The Collage as a Preferred Mode of Future Consciousness"
Tom Lombardo   




This issue of Wisdom and the Future is a collage. You will find poetry, cartoons, audio, video, essays, online courses, blogs, scientific research, journal issues, new meeting groups, book reviews, and numerous website links. As a topical collage, you will find items on epistemology, religion, science fiction-both literary and cinematic-consciousness, AI and robots, transcendence, love, virtue, futures studies, belief systems, ontology, humor, mythology, and wisdom. The issue is multi-media and multi-topical, tapping into and lighting up multiple dimensions of consciousness and understanding.

As a college teacher on the future, one of the assignments I gave to students was the creation of a "collage on the future." To supplement the various assigned essays, which exercised their logical, verbal, and intellectual skills, they were asked to put together a visual-textual impressionistic and expressionistic picture that, although open and free flowing, somehow hung together as a Gestalt (or a whole). It was intended to be as much a work of art as a work of thoughtful understanding. There is something that comes through in a collage that perhaps cannot be captured in a linear, deductive, and focused exposition. Perhaps the future, in order to be seen and experienced properly, needs to breathe-to flower and expand and reach outward in multiple directions, with color, energy, and efflorescence.

The future is a multi-media collage; our way to understand it requires a resonant mode of consciousness. And, if we don't understand the future properly we are not going to be very wise. Who says that wisdom needs to be simple, calm, and focused? Perhaps wisdom requires a dimension of wild exuberance, laced with multiple streams of consciousness that dance around each other, vibrating, harmonizing, and even clashing at times, in diverse ways.

This last month, as part of my recent intensive study of the history of science fiction, I read Albert Robida's The Twentieth Century, first published in 1882, but only relatively recently translated for the first time into English (2004). More than any other science fiction book I have read from the nineteenth century, Robida's The Twentieth Century captures a fully realized fantastical and thoroughly engaging vision of the future. It is unquestionably one of the greatest achievements, along with Wells's The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, of early science fiction.


Robida's book is indeed a collage. Although narrative in form, chronicling a slice in life of its central character, a young woman in search of a pathway and purpose for herself, the wallop and force of the book is the multi-media, frenetic fireworks display of gadgets, customs, day-to-day activities, and events envisioned by Robida in his tale of Paris in 1952. Robida, an artist as well as a writer, drew hundreds of amazing illustrations for the book, showing as well as describing life in the future. One could say that the setting and the futurist scenario presented in the book is actually the central character of the story.

And the vision and vicarious experience of the future is all over the place: air cars and air buses; giant transoceanic balloons; women's domination of the legal profession; simulated political revolutions and fake battles (to provide a psychological escape valve for social frustrations and to get rid of political deadwood); telephones and home cinema; underground pressurized air tubes (replacing railroads); the creation of a new continent in the Pacific; the corporate purchase of Italy and transformation into a theme park; mass production and pumped delivery of meals into your home; the proliferation of billboard advertisements; rotating houses and floating casinos; electrical security systems that shock burglars through the floors like rats in a psychology experiment; mass produced art; the towing of the moon closer toward the earth to make for more illuminated nights; multiple music channels streamed into the home; continuous news feeds; permanently revisionary histories; mass consumerism and billionaire capitalists; custom-designed new clothing on the spot; and as part of the general wave of the emancipation of women, the female sex's revival of dueling (with sword, gun, or other choices of weapons) over perceived journalistic insults, where the neurotic extremes of public image define the lunatic sensitivities of many members of the population. Moreover, everything is presented with a sense of ambiguity; are these things good, bad, crazy, ridiculous, or what? The reader is immersed, bombarded, perpetually stimulated from multiple directions, and taken on a non-stop ride through the phantasmagoria of the future.

So, from our standpoint in the present, at least as represented in this present issue of Wisdom and the Future, where is wisdom to be found, and in what direction (or, more accurately, directions) is the future unfolding? What is this issue's collage of wisdom and the future?

Following this editorial, the issue begins with a new online course by Lee Beaumont that explores key themes in the philosophy of religion, including tolerance and compassion, origin stories, the nature of the soul, the afterlife, and moral guidance, as well as a new learning module on assessing ideologies, dogmas, and belief systems from epistemological,  psychological, and moral perspectives. Lee is a very rigorous and systematic thinker who lays out many of the key issues and questions within these areas.

Next, there is my new article on the importance of the mythological and the narrative dimensions of future consciousness, and in particular, within science fiction. Science fiction can be seen as an ongoing evolutionary process, mythic in form, of expanding and enriching our collective future consciousness. The article contains a compressed three-page history of science fiction in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

From there, we move to humor, as an important character virtue. The text, written by Lee Beaumont, is supplemented by a series of "philosophical cartoons" (with a humorous intent) that I selected from the works of B. Kliban, who was my favorite cartoonist when I lived the life of a hippie.

Alan Nordstrom, another frequent contributor to the newsletter, provides a couple of wisdom/consciousness poems as well as a new review of my book, Mind Flight. For Alan, philosophical truth needs to be lyrical.

Next follows a link to the new edition of Journal of Futures Studies, a global, high-quality academic publication on the study of the future. But also, in this section, working as co-editor with Jose Ramos, the managing editor of the journal, there is an announcement of an interdisciplinary special issue and call for papers on futures studies and science fiction.

Then we turn to a collage in a collage: a great new video by the top-notch philosopher of mind, John Searle, on consciousness and computers, with a supplemental reference to his new and highly contentious book review on recent publications in AI and information technology. This conceptual chunk is coupled together with my (and Jeanne's) audio interview with Robot Overlordz on the technological singularity, downloading conscious minds into computers, and the muddleheadedness of the movie Transcendence.

Next we have an announcement and link to the newly formed Phoenix Chapter of the World Future Society, as well as a link to the futurist blog of Eric Kingsbury, who is catalyst and leader behind the new Phoenix Chapter.

From there we move to an introduction to Wisdom Page advisory board member Nicholas Maxwell's new book on wisdom and global philosophy, and an introduction to the website Academia.edu and the success of my home page on that site.

Finally we link to new and ongoing empirical wisdom research at the University of Chicago.

If there is a Gestalt to the whole collage, it is understanding, refining, guiding, and further evolving, in all of its diverse dimensions, our consciousness, and in particular our consciousness of the future. Moreover, following the lead of Robida's The Twentieth Century, which, in addition to everything else, is a hilarious book, and Lee's basic argument in his lesson on humor, it is essential that we allow ourselves to laugh as we strive towards philosophical enlightenment in our exploration and creation of the future. Laughter keeps the system loose, giggly, and alive. Contrary to William James, it is not the primordial present that is a "blooming, buzzing confusion," but the future. Confusion is a relative term. As a closing point, "The future ain't what it used to be, and it never was." 

New Wisdom Courses:
"Beyond Theism" and "Knowing How You Know/Examining Ideologies"
Lee Beaumont  


Leland Beaumont, an Advisory Board member of The Wisdom Page, highlighted in the last issue of Wisdom and the Future (August, 2014), has created new online course wisdom related course material. A new course "Beyond Theism" is available at the Wikiversity Applied Wisdom curriculum.

As Lee states in the introduction to this course:

"A real basis for hope

This course provides an opportunity to explore theist beliefs and the nature of reality.

If you are content with your present religious beliefs, then there is nothing for you here. Please move on and enjoy the comfort, serenity, and certainty those beliefs provide you.

However, if you are perplexed or skeptical, and have begun to question the beliefs and teachings of the religion you learned earlier in life, this course may help you discover a helpful alternative. Please only proceed with this course if you are open to examining your own religious beliefs. Discontinue the course immediately if it is causing you unwelcomed distress or undue discomfort."

Second, Lee has added a new section "Examining Ideologies" to his online course "Knowing How You Know."

As Lee states in the introduction,

"This section of the course encourages you to explore various ideologies that may guide your current thinking.

An ideology is a set of beliefs intended to describe how the world works, or how it should work. An ideology is a particular way of looking at the world, often codified into a doctrine. Often our religious, political, and economic beliefs are drawn from a particular ideology. You may also follow particular lifestyle choices such as veganism, or environmentalism based on a particular ideology."
New Article: "Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future"
Tom Lombardo

Building on last month's editorial and earlier writings, I have a new article on science fiction.

Science Fiction:
The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

Science Fiction as a Way of Life

As a young boy growing up in the 1950s, I was drawn into the wondrous, strange, and at times frightening world of the future through the movies. At the Alhambra Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut, I watched--totally mesmerized--the classic science fiction movies, The War of the Worlds, When Worlds Collide, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Time Machine, and the best of the best, Forbidden Planet.

I was so inspired after viewing The War of the Worlds that I wrote my first science fiction story and screenplay, about an alien invasion of the earth, convincing some of my friends to put on a play, build sets and props, and "volunteer" their mothers into making costumes. We were going to "live the future," a future of space ships and great battles to defend the earth. We never did the play, but I still have the original handwritten story, dated 1954.

Science fiction is the most visible and influential form of futurist thinking in contemporary popular culture. It is so popular because in narrative form it speaks to the whole person -intellect, imagination, emotion, motivation, behavior, personal identity, and the senses. Readers and moviegoers are drawn into envisioning, feeling, and even acting out possible futures. Science fiction provokes psychologically holistic future consciousness, stimulating and engaging all the dimensions of the human mind. For many people within the vast and ever-growing science fiction community, science fiction has become a total way of life--a way of experiencing and creating reality, and in particular, the future.

My early experiences with science fiction cinema and my enthusiastic efforts in writing and producing it exemplify this "total person" immersion that science fiction can generate. Not only did science fiction permeate deep into my psyche through the sights, sounds, drama, and excitement of it all, it also instilled in me an urgent desire to share this powerful and elevating experience with others, to create and to collaborate in imagining the possibilities of the future through science fiction.

A superb contemporary example of how science fiction can become a way of life, of visualizing, feeling, and living an imagined future, is the TV comedy, The Big Bang Theory. Its characters, Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Rajesh, participate in numerous sub-cultures and sub-genres of science fiction, including comics and superheroes, cinema, Star Trek, and gaming; they collect memorabilia, posters, and action figures; attend conventions; regularly socialize through game playing and TV viewing; dress in science fiction costumes (vicariously adopting the identities of science fiction characters); and routinely (obsessively so) wait in long lines with other fans to view the latest science fiction films. It is a standing joke that Sheldonʼs friends think he is an alien. Sheldonʼs ego-ideal, indeed, is a combination of Flash and Mr. Spock (the latter haunting him in his dreams), a synthesis of speed, science, and intellect.

Read the entire article.

Virtue of the Month
Lee Beaumont 

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 "Nothing shows a man's character
more than what he laughs at." Goethe
"This month's virtue is humor -- the virtue of gladness and exploration.  Humor brings us joy as it exposes a simple truth in some new or unexpected way. We laugh spontaneously when our brains recognize "I never thought of it that way." And thinking of it "that way" expands our understanding of the world. " Lee Beaumont

Editor's Note: Inspired by Lee's selection this month of the virtue of humor, I included a number of philosophical cartoons below, mostly by Bernard Kliban, my all-time favorite philosophical cartoonist.

"God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh." Voltaire


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The course includes Instructions for contacting the instructor. In addition, the Wikiversity platform encourages your participation in improving the course.  Comments on each page are welcome on the accompanying  "Talk" page, accessed via the "Discuss" tab.

We want to hear from you.

If you are interested in participating in a forum of active students to discuss assignments and share your thoughts, please let us know and we will work to provide a space for that. Also, we would like to be able to provide conscientious students a completion certificate at the end of the course, but we have not yet decided how best to assess completion. What are your ideas?

We certainly hope you continue to enjoy this tour of the virtues.

Leland Beaumont

"A seeker after truth climbs a mountain to ask the guru at the top what the secret of the universe is. The answer, the guru states, is 'everything converges on oneness.' The climber replies 'Surely you are kidding.'
'You mean it doesn't?' the guru asks."

Joel Kupperman

New Poems
on Wisdom and the Future
and Review of Mind Flight
Alan Nordstrom

Alan Nordstrom is an Advisory Board member of The Wisdom Page and a frequent contributor of both poems and essays. The following are a new set of philosophical musings by Alan, as well as a new book review, by him, for Mind Flight.

Future Consciousness
for Tom Lombardo

    If you'd be wise, then you would realize
What is revealed through future consciousness
With greater certainty than mere surmise:
Your surest avenue to true success.

To think ahead, anticipating ways
That this or than decision might play out,
Developing the judgment to appraise
Alternatives, will leave you with less doubt

And give you confidence to raise your voice
To advocate for plans and policies
By arguing the wisdom of your choice
Till each opponent finally agrees.

     Such consciousness is thinking's highest end
     On which our happy future will depend.

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If you'd be wise, then you must realize
What is of greatest value to devise,
For wisdom is the prudence to foresee
And serve what is of true necessity.

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Alan's New Review of Tom Lombardo's Mind Flight

"Mind Flight is an adventure story, Tom Lombardo's true story of the growth of his body, mind and spirit up to the end of his collegiate career as a psychologist, a philosopher, and a professional futurist. It is consistently lucid, illuminating and engaging--if you are of a mind to ponder who we are and where we may be going: that is if, like Tom Lombardo, psychology and philosophy and the fate of humanity fascinate you....

[Mind Flight] makes for a challenging as well as a compelling read: an intellectual odyssey, in eidetic detail, of the growth of his mind and the testing of his soul, besides illuminating a profound perspective on the future development of ever-deepening wisdom in the world--unless our race's innate folly foils that enterprise..."

Read Complete Review

New Edition of Journal of Futures Studies - Call for Papers on Science Fiction and Futures Studies


The new issue of Journal of Futures Studies, Vol. 18, No. 4 can be viewed and read online. Previous issues can also be viewed at Journal of Futures Studies website. 

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In collaboration with Jose Ramos, Managing Editor of JFS, we will be issuing a "Call for Papers" for a special issue on the interconnections of futures studies and science fiction. As a draft proposal, we will be sending out the following call. If you are interested in submitting a paper for consideration, please contact me, Tom Lombardo.

"Science fiction, in particular science cinema, has played a fundamental role in the contemporary imagination. It had not only been a platform for collective psychological projections, of fears, fantasies, hopes, and concerns, but has also had a profound influence on contemporary visions of the future. While science fiction has spawned its own pop culture industry, and a large body of cinematic and literary theory has been applied to explain science fiction, less so can be said about science fiction's cousin, futures studies.  

Futures studies has evolved a rich variety of concepts, ideas, frameworks, and theories over the past 50 years, predominantly applied in the inter and trans disciplinary spaces of social science inquiry, policy development, and strategy formulation. Despite futures studies' applied tendencies, futures studies as a scholarly pursuit has also remained strong, and includes areas of research such as the study of: images of the future; the shape of change and macro-history; foresight as psychological projection; eutopias, utopias and dystopias; eco-psychology; social and cultural evolution; scientific and technological change; and many other areas.

This call for papers asks for writers, scholars, and researchers in the futures studies area to use the methods, concepts, theories and frameworks from the futures studies field, to analyze and shed light on science fiction, inclusive of science fiction cinema, as a window into a deeper understanding of the contemporary condition. Contributors are expected to apply futures studies approaches and concepts to the subject of science fiction, as a form of critical and interpretive knowledge, rather than a mere celebration or exposition of science fiction works.

Some areas for possible development may include:
  • What science fiction can say about our collective consciousness and unconscious
  • Science fiction, weak signals, and wild cards
  • Science fiction's engagement with ecological crisis
  • Science fiction's engagement with accelerative technological development
  • Science fiction and understanding images of the futures
  • The privileged and marginalized in science fiction
  • The role of mythic understanding in futures studies and future consciousness and science fiction serving as the mythology of the future
  • Science fiction and the significance of narrative in futures studies
  • Science fiction and the transformation of human identities
  • Science fiction and utopian/dystopian thought in futures studies
  • Science fiction in the global ecology of cultures and world views
  • The application and relevance of futures studies concepts, such as possible, probable, plausible, and preferable futures and presumptively true, warning scenarios, to science fiction
  • Science fiction and evolution, inclusive of the cosmic evolutionary narrative in contemporary science
  • From a futures studies perspective, understanding how emotion, sensory immersion, drama, and aesthetics, all qualities of science fiction, fit into the big picture of comprehensive thinking on and consciousness of the future
  • The historical and theoretical connections between fictional narrative (science fiction) and non-fictional, often non-narrative approaches (futures studies) to the future

Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence - John Searle's Video and Book Review -
Robot Overlordz Audio Interview


In the latest issue of The New York Review of Books (October 9, 2014), John Searle, one of the most well-known contemporary philosophers of consciousness and mind, has a new review of two recent books on computers, information technology, and consciousness, titled "What Your Computer Can't Know." The two new books Searle reviews are: The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality by Luciano Floridi and Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom. Having both read a number of his articles and books, as well as having the opportunity to listen to him in person, Searle impresses me as a top-notch, clear and intelligent, and highly entertaining thinker and speaker. His new book review is, as usual, highly contentious and critical of the popular analogies drawn between conscious human minds and computer systems (AI).

As a good introduction to Searle's thinking, there is a recent Ted Talk video by Searle titled Our Shared Condition -- Consciousness. Whether you agree with Searle's views and his arguments, I believe that his ideas on the nature of consciousness, the relationship of consciousness and the brain (the mind-body problem), and the possibility of computers realizing consciousness, self-awareness, and conscious intelligence are thought-provoking and of great value in realizing a better understanding of these topics.

The question of the possibility of conscious computers came up in my recent audio interview on Robot Overloadz. The interview, which began with the general theme of science fiction, eventually focused upon recent science fiction cinema dealing with AI and consciously intelligent computers. We agreed that Transcendence, in which Johnny Depp's character has his conscious mind downloaded into a computer, muddled the various scientific and philosophical issues concerning the technological singularity (the prediction that in the near future computers will surpass humans in intelligence). Jeanne (who also participated in the interview) and I agreed that the movie was excessively "Hollywood" in its mindset and level of intelligence--that is, it was exceedingly "dumbed down," once again expressing the human-centric fear and disbelief that a machine consciousness could be superior (mentally, ethically, or emotionally) to humans.

But in our next interview this coming month, we will be discussing a variety of more intelligent, thought-provoking recent science fiction films, many of which deal with the future evolution of AI and conscious, intelligent machines, including
The Machine, Her, The Europa Report, and even the new
Robocop. If you haven't seen them, The Machine and
The Europa Report, in particular, are highly recommended.

How does one synthesize the deepest issues of philosophy, consciousness, and the nature of wisdom with science fiction? How does the latter illuminate the former?

Listen to the first interview.

New Arizona Chapter for the World Future Society - Eric Kingsbury's Futurist Blog

Spearheaded by Eric Kingsbury, a new Arizona Chapter of the World Future Society has been established in the Phoenix metro area. We had our first meeting, September 16th, and a lively debate evolved over possible directions for the new group. Eric, working together with the new CEO of the WFS, Amy Zalman, put together a well articulated and thoughtful presentation. You can join the group and participate in the various discussion threads at: Arizona Chapter of the WFS.


with a host of interesting posts on robotics, science fiction, AI, space travel, mind-machine interface, and the future. You can join the mailing list at the above site. On the blog is the slide presentation for the WFS meeting.

Nicholas Maxwell's
Global Philosophy


Nicholas Maxwell, an advisory board member of The Wisdom Page, recently published a new book: Global Philosophy: What Philosophy Ought to Be. To quote from the preface of the book,

"These essays are about education, learning, rational inquiry, philosophy, science studies, problem solving, academic inquiry, global problems, wisdom and, above all, the urgent need for an academic revolution.
Despite this range and diversity of topics, there is a common underlying theme.  Education ought to be devoted, much more than it is, to the exploration real-life, open problems; it ought not to be restricted to learning up solutions to already solved problems - especially if nothing is said about the problems that provoked the solutions in the first place.  There should be much more emphasis on learning how to engage in cooperatively rational exploration of problems: even five year olds could begin to learn how to do this.  A central task of philosophy ought to be to keep alive awareness of our unsolved fundamental problems - especially our most fundamental problem of all, encompassing all others: How can our human world - and the world of sentient life more generally - imbued with the experiential, consciousness, free will, meaning and value, exist and best flourish embedded as it is in the physical universe?  This is both our fundamental intellectual problem and our fundamental problem of living.
As far as the latter is concerned, we are at present heading towards disaster - as our immense, unsolved global problems tell us: population growth, destruction of natural habitats and rapid extinction of species, vast inequalities of wealth and power around the world, pollution of earth, sea and air, our proclivity for war, and above all global warming. If we are to resolve our conflicts and global problems more intelligently, effectively and humanely than we have managed to do so far, then we have to learn how to do it.  That, in turn, requires that our institutions of learning, our universities and schools, are rationally designed and devoted to the task.  At present they are not.  That is the crisis behind all the others.  From the past we have inherited the idea that the basic intellectual aim of inquiry ought to be to acquire knowledge.  First, knowledge is to be acquired; then, secondarily, it can be applied to help solve social problems.  But this is dangerously and damagingly irrational, and it is this irrationality that is, in part, responsible for the genesis of our current global problems, and our current incapacity to solve them.  As a matter of supreme urgency, we need to transform academia so that it becomes rationally devoted to helping humanity learn how to make progress towards as good and wise a world as possible.  This would involve putting problems of living - including global problems - at the heart of academia, problems of knowledge and technological know-how emerging out of, and feeding back into, the central task to help people tackle problems of living in increasingly cooperatively rational ways.  Almost every department and aspect of academia needs to change.  We need a new kind of academic inquiry devoted, not just to knowledge, but rather to wisdom - wisdom being the capacity to realize what is of value in life for oneself and others, wisdom including knowledge and technological know-how, but much else besides."

You can contact Nicholas Maxwell at his website Knowledge to Wisdom and get information on his various books, as well as joining his online discussion forum, Friends of Wisdom.

Academia.edu Website

Academia.edu is a social networking website for academic scholars and their writings. According to Wikipedia, there are now eleven million registered users. Academia.edu
is an "open science" or "open access" resource for scholarly writings uploaded on the site by its members. I joined the network a number of years ago and created a webpage on the site, uploading since then approximately 50 articles and videos, including a link to this newsletter.

I am proud to announce that my webpage now ranks at the 99.5 percentile in total hits for member pages on the site, and I have three articles that rank in the top three percent of all articles on Academia.edu: "Science Fiction: The Mythology of the Future," "Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Futures Education," and "Introductory Essay on Wisdom, Consciousness, and the Future and Mind Flight: A Journey into the Future."

Have a look at the webpage; read some of the articles. See Tom Lombardo Academia.edu.

University of Chicago Wisdom Research


Recent research published or sited on the University of Chicago Wisdom Research page, includes studies on empathy and compassion, decision making, and morality and language. But in particular, there is an interesting ongoing discussion on psychological and social factors that contribute to the development of wisdom.

Archive Pages for Center for Future Consciousness and Wisdom Page

From the fall of 2012 to the spring of 2014, I published two newsletters: the revitalized and redesigned
Wisdom Page Updates and Futurodyssey (the monthly publication of the
Center for Future Consciousness).  Readers
can view  issues of both
newsletters; each  newsletter has an Archive Page. View the Wisdom Page Updates Archive Page; view the Futurodyssey Archive Page.

Beginning in June, 2014, the newsletters were combined into one electronic journal that serves both The Wisdom Page and The Center for Future Consciousness. The Archive Page for this one publication can be accessed at Wisdom and the Future Archive Page.

The reader can subscribe to Wisdom and the Future either on The Wisdom Page or the Center for Future Consciousness Page. See
The Wisdom Page Contact Page or the Home Page of the Center for Future Consciousness.

That's it for this month: A philosophical collage covering philosophy and epistemology, science fiction, humor, AI and consciousness, futures studies, religion, robots, poetry, cartoons, and future consciousness.

Tom Lombardo