Indeed, the question brings to center stage the most distinctive and empowering capacity of the human mind: to have emotions, desires, and goals about the future; to consciously imagine, anticipate, think about, and evaluate envisioned futures; and with foresight and planning to intentionally pursue preferable futures. I refer to this multi-faceted normal psychological capacity as “future consciousness.” Our unique conscious minds, reflecting and amplifying natureʼs pervasive evolutionary process, have achieved an evolution in evolution—a jump to purposeful evolution—through future consciousness. Future Consciousness reveals how, through the heightening of future consciousness, we can flourish in the flow of purposeful evolution and create a good future for ourselves, human society, and the planet.
Thomas Lombardo, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Future Consciousness and The Wisdom Page, the Managing Editor of the online journal Wisdom and the Future, and Professor Emeritus and retired Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and the Future at Rio Salado College, Tempe, Arizona. He is a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF), a special honor given to members who have made a globally recognized original contribution to futures studies and he is also an Executive Board member of the WFSF. He has published eight books and over fifty articles, and given an equal number of national and international presentations, covering such topics as the future of education; utopian and dystopian futurist thought; wisdom and character virtues; the evolution of science fiction; the future evolution of consciousness; the “wise cyborg”; contemporary theories of the future; and the heightening future consciousness. For more information:
His newest published book Future Consciousness: The Path to Purposeful Evolution, winner of the Network Book Prize for 2017 by the Scientific and Medical Network for a book written by a member that makes the most significant contribution towards a new world view, has been described as a “masterpiece” and “truly breathtaking.” https://www.centerforfutureconsciousness.com/book_future_consciousness.htm
He is presently working on a new book series Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future, which has been hailed as “a brilliant piece of work” and “a ʻmust-readʼ in the study both of science fiction and the future.” Dr. Lombardo is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and University of Minnesota and a graduate fellow of Cornell University. He presently lives in Glendale, Arizona.
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