New Capacities Emerge in Our Minds as We Age
with Tom Christensen
Streamed live broadcast on February 17th 2017
00:00 introductions and mechanics…
05:40 Tom’s begins to explain his new theme of new capacities that emerge as we age.
07:56 Example of learning to drive at age 16 and forgetting what we were like at age 8!
and how that continues throughout life. So what is new in our later decades?
09:20 Examples: Transtemporal cognition: holding the present for extended periods. and forgetting that we weren’t always able to, that once the time story held us!
12:00 No longer stuck in a word-based reality, the importance that “story” has had.
13:00 Heidi is surprised by a “new” view of the old men just sitting around and chatting, but some of those old men are not in the same kind of mind! It’s hard to tell.
13:40 The effects of meditation may be a natural effect of ageing! Transnarrative cognition: understanding arises without “figuring it out”. Complex thinking!
17:25 How do we get there? Tom explains how: name it, claim it.
18:30 The difference between the automatic growth of thinking to meditation? Tom still meditates but not for the old reasons.
21:30 Meditation and the emergence of “Orange” cognition with modernity.
22:50 Watcher comments, Tom’s thoughts on wisdom. What emerges with meditation
26:35 Another trans word: transegoic! Tom explains: interrupting identity patterns.
29:05 Tom’s grand vision: Older people HAVE the wisdom to alleviate many huge problems.
32:07 Arguments over terminology, what to call we “olders”. Defensiveness, respect.
33:30 Tom’s paper in academia.edu as “Leading Edge Cognitive Capacities” or to Integral Leadership Review. Tom’s classroom experience: collective intelligence.
36:35 More audience comments and how this wisdom emerges in tribal cultures.
39:20 How could we gather second tier people together for real problem solving, free of ego! Some cross fertilization among a group of 70 year olds.
42:02 All these trans words! Tom has a group of 9!
43:35 Tom hunts and we talk from personal experience and speculation. Tome brings us back with “quieted amygdala” and loss of fear. Also “attunement” and feeling the nature of things. Tom’s experience on Lake Superior. Mirror neurons, “tuning into spirit”.
48:30 More audience questions. This process occurs in the same order for everyone.
49:40 Contradiction? Tom explains how it seems to him.
51:20 Why so many more are experiencing this now. Multiperspectival cognition!
52:40 Final comments from audience, importance of temperament, choosing how we understand things. Mark remarks on the “indigenous” people of Europe.
55:45 Tom’s final comment: Heart opening surpasses thinking.Goodbyes