Recently on a trip to Silicon Valley I sat with a group of leading technologists and venture capitalists.
Casually I noted how ironic it is that here we sit at the center of technology innovation, yet right here in this room the most advanced technology on the planet is being used at a fraction of its capacity.
Like a honey badger had burrowed into the room, all attention turned to me, and the elder statesman asked me, “What do you mean?”
I said, “Imagine I told you that despite the trillions of dollars invested in technology the greatest technology known to man has been underinvested in for millennia.”
This technology is vastly superior to any machine we have ever invented and in fact it is so complex that today with our most advanced machines we have little idea of how it works.
I continued, “And despite the fact this technology exists right here in this room right beneath your noses, few of you have done anything to explore it.”
“What? What is it?” A young VC partner asked.
“Well in fact it is right above your noses, between your ears, that incredible machine known as your brain,” I responded.
It is by far the most advanced technology known to man yet few of you have invested even minutes exploring your own brain.
You of course use it. Like waking up in the morning, switching on the coffee machine, turning the handles that get the water dousing your body, and igniting the engine as you jump behind the wheel, you most certainly use this technology all day every day, but few of you have ever done anything to explore it.
Of course us humans have found many ways to develop this incredible learning machine, but like those waste of time apps and mind numbing games on the mini computer in your pocket it is built for much more.
Like the Internet and TV and radio airways us humans have found infinite ways to fill the capacity of this technology with absolute junk, but only a small number of the billions of humans who have ever walked the planet have ever truly explored this limitless machine.
Those few who have know that there is only one secret to exploring the brain, and today science is finally catching on to what the greatest thinkers in all of human history have known all along.
A great philosopher once observed, as above, so below. What he was describing was the greatest discovery of all existence. We live in infinite space and our greatest discoveries come not from only exploring the objects that consume space, but in exploring space itself.
Looking around the room and seeing their minds turning over, I paused. Coming back to this time they wondered, was I just thinking aloud or do I have a suggestion for how one might explore this space.
Those with ears of understanding will call me when they are ready.