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Appendix B. Acknowledgments and Appreciation


The work before you is one modest fruit of what it is about: the combined metaconsciousness of "All That Is." The vast majority of the contributors to this work are entirely unaware of their contribution, or even of the work's existence; yet it would not exist, particularly in its present form, without their contribution. All the works, and their authors, listed in the Cumulative Bibliography, and many more besides, were obviously instrumental in the evolution of the present work. And the list expands from there, without limit or interruption, until it encompasses everything, and excludes nothing at all.

That having been said, there are a few individuals who stand out in the immediate foreground of the author's myopic vision, who can be identified as having some direct instrumentality in the evolution of Metaconsciousness: Mythology for a Post-Civilized World.

I would like to thank my friend and sometimes mentor, Roland Silver, for his occasional encouragement and challenges to some of what I have written, and for pointing me toward sources, which he has at times generously loaned to me from his own library, that have often been uncannily germane to my explorations; and our mutual friends, Lorenzo and Lia Bello, who have been invaluable in a great many different ways – perhaps including even saving my life on at least one occasion; and author Daniel Quinn, whose works, Ishmael, The Story of B, and Beyond Civilization, have been of pivotal importance to my path of discovery; and author Michael Chrichton, whose techno-thriller, Prey, in addition to being an absorbing, white-knuckle read, is interspersed with very effective overviews of nanotechnology, distributed intelligence, self-organizing systems, adaptation, evolution, and related disciplines, and thereby provided the seed for the broad concept I have identified with the word metaconsciousness; and authors Riane Eisler and Marija Gimbutas, whose works, particularly Eisler's The Chalice & the Blade, have disclosed to me the important fact of the presence of very creative, advanced, and peaceful partnership cultures thousands of years before the emergence of the dominator cultures credited by most historians and anthropologists as having been the "first civilizations;" and author and personal friend Eduardo Griego, whose enthusiastic encouragement and sustained interest in my work has been incalculably valuable to me; and physicist / cosmologist C. Johan Masreliez, whose name may eventually stand beside those of Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein as shapers of the universe we perceive ourselves to inhabit; and Gary Sycalik, who brought the work of Dr. Masreliez, among a great many others, to my attention; and Jakob Rosing, and the Taos Noetic Sciences Community, who have received me and my writings warmly, and brought to my attention the works of Ken Wilber, and Bruce Lipton, among other sources of stimulating ideas and insights; and Olga Gressot, for the gift of a number of useful books, including Brooker's A Glossary of Cultural Theory, which helped me decipher Wilber's often dense text. There have been others, but these stand out in the warm glow of my immediately heartfelt appreciation. Others, like Dave Sanders, Augie and Anita, Karen and Sue in New Zealand, Bill Boehmer, Philip and Vivien Burley, Govinda in Belgium, Stephen Garcia, Steve and Ruth Adams, and others, go back in some cases many years, long before the idea of metaconsciousness ever emerged, and may in some instances have disappeared over my immediate horizon, but not over the horizon of my memory, or my appreciation.

Additionally, my own children, Aaron, Jennifer, and Dillon, who are children no longer, but still valued friends and sometimes companions, have been and remain a constant blessing in my life; and their mother, Jeannine, my former partner. Our long and stimulating conversations spanning many years have often provided me with rich food for thought, and the advantages of uniquely creative perspectives on matters of mutual interest, if not necessarily of congruent perception. This is the stuff of which metaconsciousness is made, and it is deeply gratifying to see it alive and well within the circle of our familial friendship.

I would also like to thank my parents, Bill and Sylvia, whose metaconscious swarms have long since dispersed, yet whose memory lives on, in me, in their grandchildren, and in the parts of the world they touched while they were here.

Above are mentioned only a minute fraction of the innumerable sources of metaconscious collaboration that have combined in the work before you. Naturally, although the work has enjoyed the benefit of many sources of influence, its errors and oversights are the exclusive responsibility of the Author.


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