About me

I’m a first-time novelist, who was once an Internet entrepreneur.   I’m currently in the middle of a multi-year research project for a book that will probably be called Finding the Li: Towards a Democracy of Consciousness.  It’s about how human consciousness has lost its balance in the past two thousand years, and how we can go about regaining a harmony within ourselves.

I was born in London, England, studied English Literature at Cambridge , and left England in 1981 to move to the United States.  After spending some time with the indigenous Mayans of the Guatemalan highlands, I got married, went to business school at the University of Chicago, and became a corporate executive, raising two kids over the ensuing twenty years.

A few years back, I began working on my first novel, Requiem of the Human Soul, which was published early in 2009 by Libros Libertad.    I wanted to write about where I saw our world going, and what it means for our human soul. Not the Judaeo-Christian immortal soul, but the kind we mean when we say: “That’s got soul, man.” I wanted to explore how genetic engineering may put the final nail in the coffin that Western civilization’s been building around our soul for the past 500 years. I tried to make the story believable – not some angst-ridden dystopia, but a realistic view of our future may hold for our species.

You can find out lots more about my novel, Requiem of the Human Soul, at www.humansoul.com.

Since finishing my novel, I became entranced by an idea of one of the novel’s characters, about the growing ascendancy of the power of our prefrontal cortex over other aspects of human consciousness.  That’s what led to this blog. If you’d like to understand more, please read About the Blog.

Feel free to e-mail me at jeremylent@gmail.com

8 Comments »

  1. I also published a book in 2009. From reading your critique of Berman’s book and your related pages it sounds like it is similar to the next, nonfiction book you have planned. It’s called Systems out of Balance: How Misinformation Hurts the Middle Class.

    As a scientist/ecologist I emphasize the importance of systems and baseline data, in this case the baseline provided by nomadic cultures. I’m sure you already have checked these sources, but Stone Age Economics by Sahlins and the Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers edited by Lee were particularly useful sources for me.

    I’ve also started a band called The Bards of Balance, with our first album called Restoring Balance. The next book I’m working on is also called Restoring Balance. Good luck with your next work. When I get around to reading novels again I’ll definitely keep yours in mind.

  2. Michael Canfield said,

    What tools external, computer-based, and or mental disciplines do you use to keep your various threads appropriately balanced and focused?

    Best Regards,

    Michael Canfield

    • jeremylent said,

      I have a 1,500 page (and counting!) Word document with categorized notes & citations I make on each book I read. And I use EndNote for bibliography.
      I’m continually reading more on the topics covered in this blog (and in Finding the Li) looking for approaches that will challenge and extend my thesis.
      It’s been a great intellectual (and to some degree spiritual) journey so far.

  3. Vrinda said,

    Jeremy, you may want to look into Organic Inquiry: Toward Research in Partnership with Spirit, by Jennifer Clements, if you have not read her yet.
    http://www.integral-inquiry.com/docs/ClementsJTPOrganicInquiry.pdf

    In it, you find mention to Sangeetha Menon, Ph.D. working on Consciousness Studies,
    http://samvada.com/resume_onepage.pdf

    additional:
    http://www.itp.edu/resources/divinefeminine/research-organic.php

    More on Organic Inquiry
    http://www.itp.edu/resources/divinefeminine/research-organic.php

    Hope some of this merges into your 1500 pages.

    I am a second hear grad student looking into combining Organic Inquiry, Systems Thinking for Subversive Spirituality. Will keep following your work–intensely relevant. You are very kind with words, I would call our times times of slumber and intellect divorced from action. Counting myself in, just starting to wake up.

    What else do we need to wake up?

    Will extend my prayer hug your way.

  4. Hello,
    I came across your great blog and I look forward to reading more of it over this weekend.

    I’m an intern at Kyoto Journal, we’re an entirely voluntary award-winning magazine based in Kyoto, Japan. We’re always looking for contributors from all over the globe on all kinds of subjects.

    We’re just trying to get our latest issue out on Biodiversity at COP10 and haven’t decided on a theme for the next one just yet, but if you’re interested to find out more about us and please visit http://kyotojournal.org

    Best,
    Lucinda

  5. Erik Buys said,

    Hello,

    I read the article entitled ‘So what really makes us human?’ and I was especially interested in the so-called ‘mimetic phase’ in early human development. I was wondering if you’ve ever heard of the French American Stanford University professor of literature and anthropology René Girard. He’s a member of the Académie Française and he is known for his ‘mimetic theory’. In his book ‘Things hidden since the foundation of the world’, he explores the hypothetical power of his theory concerning early human development for the first time.

    Of special interest to you might be COV&R, an international interdisciplinary conference which tries to further apply and develop insights from mimetic theory.

    Hope you enjoy this!
    Erik

  6. Bruce Wilson said,

    This is a very rich blog. Would you be so kind as to create an archives widget so your readers can go back to the beginning of your posts and read them chronologically?

    Also, how do you find time to do this massive research? Are you retired?

  7. parentingprogressivly said,

    I personally do not see the prefrontal cortex as perpetuating a tyranny. I see it the other way around. I see us as having been born into a tyranny of biological constraints, and the prefrontal cortex doing just about everything you say is freeing us from this tyranny. Yes mistakes have been made during this processes, because we haven’t woken up to it so that we can make deliberate choices. I’m writing about just about the same thing as you, but interpreting the data in a very different way.


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