To promote the release of his nonfiction book, The Art of Smart Thinking, Dr. James Hardt is touring the blogosphere during the month of March. It's a pleasure to have him here on Blogcritics today. Hardt talks about his book, publishing, writer's block, and his upcoming series, among other things.
Were you an avid reader as a child?
Yes. I was beyond avid - I was voracious. When I was in 2nd grade, my Dad made a strict rule about my reading. My Dad demanded that I read no more than two dozen books a week, and he was thinking to save my myopic eyes, which had been damaged by a severe case of the measles.
In order to circumvent his (perceived) tyranny, I would spend long hours at the library after school reading extra books.
Tell us about your book, what inspired you to write it.
I have many hopes for society and for the world. Many of those hopes are related to elevating the level of awareness upon which we, the global population, operate. In order to share the power of the knowledge about human consciousness and the workings of the ego, which I have discovered through University and Biocybernaut Institute research, and through my years as a neuro-feedback practitioner, I realized that I needed to write a book as well as make public appearances and use whatever means available to spread this knowledge. Human survival may well depend upon our abilities to love and to forgive. The geneticist and author Dr. Bruce Lipton says, “It is no longer the survival of the fittest, but rather the survival of the most loving.”
As a researcher I've been writing scientific papers much of my life. These have been published in some of the top peer-reviewed scientific journals in the world: Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychophysiology, Biofeedback and Self-Regulation. Even though I've had success in publishing my research articles in top scientific journals, I passionately believe that what I have found and developed throughout my life, as a psycho-physiologist who studies the brain, are absolutely essential to the survival of the human race. I believe that we, as human beings, are approaching a time when our consciousness -our level of awareness- will be critically tested and if we are not advanced enough to meet the challenge we may not survive.
Of course, there are many other reasons why I want people to know about my work, including that I have found a way to treat emotional blocks and traumas, anxiety, guilt, addictions, spiritual emptiness and things like writers block, and to generally help individuals increase their levels of joy and fluffiness in everyday life without the use of any invasive medical process or pharmaceutical. And all of this can be accomplished in only 7 powerful days.