Willis Harman

Willis
Harman
1918
1997

American Engineer, Social Scientist, Academic, Futurist, Writer and Visionary, President of Institute of Noetic Sciences

Author Quotes

Perhaps the only limits to the human mind are those we believe in.

By deliberately changing the internal image of reality, people can change the world.

Reprogramming the unconscious beliefs that block fuller awareness of creative/intuitive capabilities depends upon a key characteristic of the mind, namely that it responds to what is vividly imagined as though it were real experience.

Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society -- its world view, its basic values, its social and political structures, its arts, its key institutions -- rearranges itself. And the people born then cannot even imagine a world in which their grandparents lived and into which their own parents were born. We are currently living through such a transformation.

The core of the current challenge to the scientific worldview can be taken to be 'consciousness,' which has come to be a code word for a wide range of human experience, including conscious awareness or subjectivity, intentionality, selective attention, intuition, creativity, relationship of mind to healing, spiritual sensibility, and a range of anomalous experience and phenomena.

Global Business Network (GBN) is a consulting think-tank formed by veterans of Stanford Research Institute and Royal Dutch Shell. Exemplary of the 'California Ideology', they offer corporate management consulting based on the usual cybernetics systems theory background... [Paul] Hawken's 'Natural Capitalism' is based partially on the work of corporate management 'transformation' guru and systems theorist Peter Drucker, who was an early leader in establishing group dynamics methodologies like Total Quality Management (derived from Tavistock 'T-groups').

The epistemology we seek will recognize the partial nature of all scientific concepts of causality... In some ultimate sense, there really is no causality - only a Whole evolving.

I had a series of experiences that resulted in concluding that we only seem to be separate in one level but that we are all connected and all part of the whole. We can learn some things about that whole by looking outward and we learn quite a different sort of thing by looking inward... When you look inward, it seems to me that the universal conclusion is that we are here to discover, to learn and to act in the service of that whole.

The Higher Self Gets Down to Business: Visualizing the future, several businesspersons at a Manhattan hotel are acting out what the ideal corporate board meeting will look like in 2012. 'May all the decisions we make today be guided by values and by love,' the board chairman says. 'Let's meditate on it. Tune in to your intuition on all levels.'

I taught engineering systems at Stanford University for a good many years and then I became a futurist at Stanford Research Institute for 16 years and then I was invited to come up to the Institute for Noetic Sciences, and I have been here since 1977.

The preferred term within the movement, emerging mainstream, is telling. Into the mainstream, indeed, basic New Age tenets are flowing through the culvert of business...

Throughout history, the really fundamental changes in societies have come about not from dictates of government and the results of battles but through vast numbers of people changing their minds--sometimes only a little bit.

Business has become, in this last half century, the most powerful institution on the planet. The dominant institution in any society needs to take responsibility for the whole.

Author Picture
First Name
Willis
Last Name
Harman
Birth Date
1918
Death Date
1997
Bio

American Engineer, Social Scientist, Academic, Futurist, Writer and Visionary, President of Institute of Noetic Sciences