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Modern Applications of Ancient Technology
Another birthday just passed and I am one year older, but why do I not feel any older or "worse for the wear" than when I was 25? Maybe it's because that a large amount of the technology we teach and use at Men's Psychology is actually quite ancient, but updated and applied to modern life. It's stunning, the things you can learn when you really dig into the esoterica of the past, and try to apply it to modern dating, relationships, careers, and personal growth.
One guilty pleasure I got to enjoy was a respite from the day to day stress of work in a special club I've joined - one very plugged into the arts community, and whose digs happen to be uber, uber-masculine in apportioning. Like the perfect living room you never knew was possible, complete with a real fireplace, persian rugs, and items from around the world, and as diverse as the front of a Buddhist temple on one end, and brass shields, decanters and trinkets from India on the other. It was like the spoils of one's safari, or the lifetime collections of "The Most Interesting Man in the World."
A perfect place to celebrate a birthday and a perfect place in which to teach other men about some ancient knowledge.
Meeting with a producer of men's tv shows one night at this undisclosed locale, we got to talking about what it is that drives men, entertains men, and captures their imaginations, their hopes for the future, and their devotion to a cause. (I know, that's a lot to philosophize about in one sitting.)
And what we came up with is that no matter what - whether it's sports you're talking about, or women, or career choices - we as men, always seem to be "theorizing." We speculate on what things mean, what value there is in them, how that can further our fortunes, our health, our social standing and connectedness within a societal hierarchy, and ultimately, what "discoveries" there are yet to uncover out there in the world.
It's one of the things that thrills us about modern technology itself. When we use a device such as the iPhone or iPad, it feels as if WE OURSELVES have discovered it - like a caveman discovering the first club under a rock, or discovering the first fire by accidentally striking two pieces of slate together.
Even though we didn't ourselves "invent the iPhone," we do indeed have the use of it, and numerous other technologies for our OWN utility, and in the process of serving OTHERS too. It's literally as if
"Ancient" Technology in Psychology
One of the things about technology is that it is USEFUL, but so often we think of that which is useful also being that which is NEW.
But what happens when we take something very ancient - that which is not new whatsoever - and apply these in brand new ways?
I had the great pleasure tonight of talking to someone who may very well be one of the great minds in robotics today. In all our talk of the latest, greatest gadgets and beneficial machines to humanity coming over the horizon, I couldn't help but notice the extreme usefulness of a simple idea, not unlike the scientific idea, E=mc2, in its simplicity, but from a very different source than what we normally think of as "technology."
It's from a psychoanalyst of long ago - Alice Miller - whose advice was, "The truth will set you free." More than twenty years ago, a little-known Swiss psychoanalyst wrote a book that changed the way many people viewed themselves and their world, called "Drama of the Gifted Child." It was simple and touching in its explanation of how parents can deform their children's emotional lives, and encourage perfectionism and narcissism.
But can that ultimate advice, "The truth will set you free," be considered a "technology?"
Not without CONTEXT, and no more than E=mc2 can be considered a technology without the mathematics and principles of physics that surround it.
Still, the richness of history and literature can inform science, and even literally yield up technology in its strictest definition, right out of the Webster Dictionary: "a capability given by the practical application of knowledge e.g. a car's fuel-saving technology"
Notice that a technology must be PRACTICAL - it HELPS us in some way. And notice that it gives us a CAPABILITY (or skill, or power, or facility) - and what could be more desired, and masculinizing for a man to possess, than a "skill" or "power." Finally, note that it involves KNOWLEDGE, not just experience, or passive observation. In this sense, a "technology" is specialized.
Now what if I told you that Alice Miller's advice is potentially amazingly healing for a perfectionist to hear?
Then it IS a technology, when applied with the contextual principles of therapy and psychoanalysis that can surround it.
And as many ideas in psychology are based in older principles, literature and storytelling seen in the field of philosophy, would you be surprised to learn that "The truth will set you free" is also seen in a much older body of principles - the Scriptures - namely
Religious practice probably also predates the field of philosophy, and philosopher Bertrand Russell once said, "Philosophy is the no-man's-land between science and religion."
I also had the challenging experience this past week of a man who was under the influence of a "masters level psychology grad student" who rattled him a bit when she proclaimed that "Freud, Jung, and psychoanalysis are outdated, and discredited."
He went on to ask me whether that could be true in light of the fact that there are great advances in the technical application of the neurosciences - imaging, genetics, neurotransmitters and the like.
I had to agree with him that the latter is an amazing and exploding field, but that such a comparison cannot be made and is very foolish - as foolish as buying a brand new iPhone (the neurosciences, like hardware) that was incapable of downloading any applications (the software) or even being used for telephone communication to another person (the user, who has a unique identity, and a unique MIND, not just BRAIN.)
The storytelling of myth and literature is full of technology in not much different a way in my view, than the algorithmic logic trees of any computer program rendered down on paper, as "code."
Which is ironic that it's called "code" when the individual and his female friend above, themselves, wondered if the symbolism of myth - a "code" - is irrelevant to psychology and our behavior in the modern, "high tech" age.
It's full of "code" and it's a veritable treasure chest of psychological "technology" - "the practical application of knowledge of the mind, rendered into a new capability."
Which is exactly what we are going to learn how to do in a new year-long program I am going to put on weekly for you in our new On Demand+ Program.
Philosophy as "Theorizing"
In the Mature Masculine Power Program we talk of that ultimate masculinizing force called the Odysseus Instinct. Normally applied to the physical world of sports, war and plunder, those of us on the high intellectual end of the spectrum may find it just as thrilling, just as much an "adventure" of discovery to be theorizing about the world we live in in a philosophical way.
In fact, if you really think about it - AKA "philosophize" about it - you'll find that philosophising about philosophy is something mean nearly universally do when they convene on any occasion involving friendship, work, careers, or any other group endeavor.
Men "philosophise" when they get together, which is akin to "theorizing" - getting their group of minds together ot solve a problem, or at least explain why it has happened.
Whether the conversation is about "how women think" or about "how to start a business" or "why the NY Giants are doing so terribly" this season of American Football, the principle is the same - men each have their own "theory" about nearly everything in existence.
It's how we master the world around us, and it's what we do BEFORE we take action in the world to build our dreams, or win the battle, or save the day for those we care for.
We "theorize" which is to say we "philosophise."
Which again, is a TECHNOLOGY. For if we come up with a rational explanation for why women do what they do, or develop the next juggernaut internet business, or actually have a solid suggestion for Quarterback Eli Manning, and it could actually turn the tables on the cruel randomness of nature, business, and football we would certainly be using "knowledge, in a practical application, that produces a new capability."
Which could have stakes as high as actually sleeping with the woman of our dreams, building a solid financial future, and seeing the Giants win the Superbowl AGAIN.
Psychology IS technology and Philosophy IS technology too.
Learn to Think Like a Creator/Inventor
In devising this new, year-long teleseminar series *which is separate and distinct from our usual weekly program for men, called the On Demand Program, this more robust, higher-level brain-food will not be for the faint of mind. It might even bore them.
But for those who know that power I am talking about - what is is like not only to find success through ancient wisdom, but to literally make DISCOVERIES about yourself, others, and the world around us right before your very eyes, this new On Demand+ Program will be for you.
We will not only be covering the most famous, useful, profound philosophers from history and the most cutting edge thinkers in Psychology, week after week for 52 weeks...
...but I have a special agenda to teach you to think like me - synthetically, and with practical applications in mind, like an engineer would - and literally be present and involved in "making discoveries" even as we tap these great minds on a weekly basis.
It will be a year long course that not only entertains and instructs in a highly practical, tactical and strategic way for the three areas of your life as a man - with WOMEN, WORK, and your WORTH to yourself, your social groups, your woman, and your society, but it will TEACH YOU HOW TO THINK LIKE AN INNOVATOR AND INVENTOR.
You become a "creator" of technology in the process of taking this course.
For those of you who are entrepreneurs, or technical professionals, or just plain love to think like a man, it's definitely for you.
Don't worry - the current On Demand Program and its weekly teleseminars on any subject you want to delve into with the support and feedback of other men will stay the same. But this new On Demand+ Program will be a whole new world where you don't just absorb knowledge and skill - you will learn to DISPENSE it, to others and to YOURSELF.