Canadian, Peter Russell is surely one of the most interesting minds of our time. He is a scientist and mathematician who has embraced the larger realm of consciousness. His principal interest is the deeper, spiritual significance of the times we are passing through. His work seeks to distill the essence of the world's spiritual traditions and present it in ways relevant to the current times. Peter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest.
At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation.
He also has a post-graduate degree in computer science, and conducted there some of the early work on 3-dimensional displays, presaging by some twenty years the advent of virtual reality. In the 1970s, he was one of the first people to introduce human potential seminars into the corporate field, and for twenty years ran programs for senior management on creativity, stress management, personal development, and sustainable development.
Although the underlying ideas are much older, the term "global brain" was coined in 1982 by Peter Russell in his book The Global Brain. Peter Russell and The Global Mind is also part of an interesting video series produced under the auspices of The Institute Of Noetic Sciences, which some of you may know was founded by Dr Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo astronaut who had a classic mystical epiphany while underway on his return from our moon, when he viewed our blue planet against the black backdrop of space. Russell's award-winning 1983 video explores the idea that the Earth is an integrated, self-regulating living organism and asks what function humanity might have for this planetary being.
As one of the more revolutionary futurists Peter Russell has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences, in Europe, Japan and the USA. His multi-image shows and videos, The Global Brain and The White Hole in Time have won praise and prizes from around the world. In 1993 the environmental magazine Buzzworm voted Peter Russell "Eco-Philosopher Extraordinaire" of the year.
In a talk on Consciousness, Dr.Russell identifies three accelerating trends that summarizes the poignancy of the current human experience in a insightful way. Technology and communications are accelerating. And this has sparked acceleration in human consciousness and millions are awakening. And at the same time we are heading into crisis at an accelerating rate All three trends are converging.. And science seems to be at a loss to know how to deal with this, in part because of it's reluctance to deal with the nature of consciousness.
Russell has a refreshingly optimistic attitude about this situation. He refers to the widsom traditions as being universal and eternal in that they deal with the experience of bening conscious. If we can drop the ego, we may see that separateness is an illusion, and "we are all deeply, fundamentally connected."
His other books in include -- The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.