Intelligence has finally evolved to the level of producing a mind which has the ability to look at itself and ultimately discover those necessary keys that could shape its own destiny. Intelligence appears to have reached a threshold where it now can consciously pursue creative ways to continue its non-linear upward evolution.
There are those eminently sane individuals who now believe that the human mind may have evolved to a new state of potential comparable to that of the emergence of language. Scientific evidence is accumulating which would suggest that consciousness can be expanded and transformed. Marilyn Ferguson has said that, "The subjective accounts have been correlated with concrete evidence of physical change: higher levels of integration in the brain itself, more efficient processing, different `harmonics' of the brain's electrical rhythms, shifts in perceptual ability.".35
Louise Young in her book The Unfinished Universe recognizes the acceleration of the evolutionary process, and even implies that it will continue. She sees the human mind as now capable of facilitating this mechanism through foresight. She states, "An exponential process magnifies in a spectacular way even very little beginnings. As the extension of the creative force of life and mind doubles and doubles again it will rapidly encompass ever-widening spheres.".36
There seems to be a new awareness of mind that Barbara Brown has even termed the Age of Mind. There seems to be a continued swelling interest in mind and consciousness and the potency which seems to exist. An increasing number of people seem to be experiencing a new level of awareness or altered consciousness with meditation, techniques of self-suggestion, imagery, healing powers, body consciousness and other variations on the theme of mind. This reflects a new perception of mind and the powers it holds.37...Brown has also stated as her conclusion "that the cognitive apparatus that is unique to man also evolves.".38...She believes that as the "intellect becomes more sophisticated, so too does the ability of mind to create more and increasingly complex states of mind.".39...This can now be achieved in a variety of ways such as through various meditative processes, new learning techniques, the use of chemical agents and perhaps even with mechanical devices.
There is substantial experimental evidence that certain chemical agents can stimulate an increase in intelligence. This will be discussed in greater detail in another section; however, briefly stated, such agents as choline, lethecin and hydrazine have been found to increase standard IQ scores in various groups tested. In addition to this, problem-solving and creativity have both shown themselves amenable to the use of chemicals that have more to do with perceptual manipulation than with direct stimulation of intelligence. However, certain psychedelic drugs can result in altered states of consciousness in which novel ideas and unique solutions are perceived through a shifting of focus or perspective.40...The drugs seem to work by blocking certain receptor sites, interfering with normal neural transmissions, inhibiting the firing of cells, or stimulating the production and/or release of chemical neurotransmitters at the level of the synapses.41
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