I warn you, with all humor intended, and the creative spirit abiding, expect to be surprised. My philosophy is mute and dead if it can no longer surprise one's brain. 

 "Something is not the most itself at its center, but near its edge, near what it is not--the essence is found at its boundary" - Jacques Derrida

Powered by Fear Management System-7  (c) RMF 2012 

 It all comes down to discovering, one day, you've spent the last quarter century consumed by a muse, a direction, a prophecy... and if you are lucky, on that one day, you can give it a label, not one you would have chosen when that muse first came to bite your ass. For me, the latest revelation is that, as a label, I'm a philosopher of fearlessness, and within that I specialize in the philosophy of fear and the human condition and human potential. But one also must have a reference in human nature. This has been my mantra of dedication, although like all things, changes happen because of life circumstances, including meeting influential texts with other philosophies somewhat alike to your own or different, sometimes opposite as if enemies of thought and values to your own. I have been working on developing a philosophy of fearlessness powered by Fear Management System-7 (Yellow v-meme, Integral Consciousness). All of that I write about in my book where I draw upon the World's Fearlessness Teachings (see homepage). Yet, as I re-write this philosophy section in 2015, I write with a new invigoration beyond my own, and rather a dialectical chemistry has happened with another writer born in Nepal (now living in Hong Kong). His name is Desh Subba, and together, with his lead (in his book) we are co-writing a book on the Philosophy of Fearism: A First East-West Dialogue (forthcoming) which is a replacement of my past focus on a philosophy of fearlessness. Subba named this new philosophy as an upgrade on other philosophies and most closely to existentialism and I won't say more but that we'll keep you posted on that project. 

Also, if you want to FOLLOW MY LATEST blogpostings I started up the Fearlessness Movement ning in Jan. 2015; so join us there if you wish to read or add to the conversation as a community of activists. 

   The ARTIST's role today, was predicted by the genius-designer-philosopher of the 20th century, R. Buckminster Fuller (1971), when he wrote:

 "Pride, fear, economic and social insecurity, and the general inability of humanity to let go of nonsense in order to vastly reorganize ourselves is of the essence.... extinction is a consequence of overspecialization.... The miracle is that artists are the human beings whose comprehensivity was not pruned down by the well-meaning, but ignorant educational customs of society."

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   Problems & Solutions

    I agree with the great epistemologist-anthropologist the late Gregory Bateson (1979), when he wrote:

"Everybody keeps wanting me to rush in. It is monstrous-vulgarity, reductionistic, sacreligious-- call it what you will--to rush in with an over-simplified question. It's a sin against all three of our new principles. Against aesthetics and against consciousness and against the sacred."


THE ART OF QUADRANT THINKING

   These great thinkers, as I interpret them and admire their creative work, like Albert Einstein cautioned us against trying to solve our problems by the same means by which the problems were created in the first place. They ask that we take our quick and easy solutions, and hold them back, and look curiously, from multiple perspectives for more questions that may help illuminate what problems we perceive we have and how best to solve them. I work that way, as inquiry, not as a solutions-salesman. I expect and encourage people to think, to raise their consciousness, and to do it with the spirit of fearlessness not fear. I specialize in teaching the art of quadrant thinking, which is a new variation and advance beyond holistic and systems thinking.

   I also realize that is a great challenge and I'll work as hard as is needed to guide people to this principle and ethical ideal, which I believe ultimately will produce the least amount of violence in our practices.   

   Thinking and philosophy of life with an ethical basis have been with me ever since I was a teenager. If I was to sum it all up today in a nutshell, I think the Buddha captured my own 'spirit' with his claim that the only purpose for living is to ultimately understand everything about what causes suffering and work to enlighten one's consciousness in order to eliminate it as much as possible in self, others, and the world.

   However, as you or I have likely gathered, everyone out there is not "a Buddha" and that's just fine too. The world is complex. There are those, especially leaders, who have a great effect on how people live. Some of those leaders lead by love (a rare few, like Buddha) and most lead by fear, more or less. Former Pres. of the USA, Richard Nixon, is famous for the quote when he said, "People react to fear, not love--they don't teach that in Sunday school, but it's true." He, like many leaders before and after him know 'what works' and they are partially right that fear is usually a stronger motivator of the masses than love; yet, does that justify it ethically as the better motivator? These are the kinds of questions that grab my attention and I bring to my work.

   If I have one goal it is to understand everything about 'fear'--and research and teach how it is the dis-ease behind all suffering.My work is dedicated to creating the best 'fear' vaccine. Most of my findings so far show that fearlessness is actually a better motivator and ethical practice than either love or fear. My long-term research since 1989 locates a universal ethical "fearlessness principle" (or "gift of fearlessness") as the basis of any moral life, healthy politics, and sustainable society (see my book below). 

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    My philosophy is integral to everything I do. I consider myself a serious amateur philosopher, not with formal university philosophy training at all, but as part of a life-long learning project of reading, experimenting with philosophies and then after having experienced their benefit to me, I settle on which are most productive and effective to the aims and purposes of my own value system which I'd like to offer to others willing to explore the benefits for them. I also realize universal truths and individual unique truths are intertwined and thus no one philosophy or system is applicable and useful for everyone or every situation. In that sense I call myself an integral-postmodernist and/or postmodern integralist (1). Quadrant thinking comes from that basic philosophy and methodological stance. That requires me to listen carefully to each client or relationship with all beings and environments and "assess" by many methods how to best proceed. Ultimately, my intention is to create synthesis and co-intelligence in living systems, which requires a philosophy of collaboration to achieve. 

   It is certainly evident from the choice of business name of this website I am keenly interested in the existential motivational theories, across disciplines and from many traditions (sacred and secular) through time, that revolve around Love, Fear and Fearlessness. As part of this connection of concepts I have labeled my theory a Love-Fear Ecology which explains "why we are he way we are" as human beings, or what are the dynamics of how we make value-moral decisions and act and think. For a model of Love-Fear Ecology see the pdf above for details. This diagram of course needs narrative of which I'd be glad to present on to you or your group. Also see my unique guidebook to Fearanalysis for practices to free ourselves from the 'Fear' Matrix.

   I have written my first extensive survey of this literature and my own philosophy and theory of their interrelationship in the book The World's Fearlessness Teachings: A Critical Integral Theory of Fear Management/Education for the 21st Century (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010). I have hand-signed copies available for $49 + shipping. One reviewer wrote (excerpted):

Not only does Fisher manage to communicate a vast amount of knowledge about the way `fear' has come almost imperceptibly to dominate much of our thinking, self-identity, cultural awareness and political interaction, but he takes us a long way on the journey towards re-imagining what a world without fear might look like.It seems to me that anyone who is concerned about the future of the planet and of the human race needs to buy and read this - and then begin creating opportunities to make his teaching their own. [see pdf of my book brochure in Footnotes below]

  As well  "Fisher's Philosophical Project: In Search of Fearlessness (1989-)" chart (scroll to bottom of the page) will give you ample detail to my main research and writing interests. My Ph.D., MA and BEd degrees (see Publications CV) are primarily in Education and educational philosophy across all ages, but with specialty in youth to adult curriculum and pedagogy. My specialty is developmental stages called post-conventional (beyond "adult" as we know it) into stages that the psychologist-theologian Sam Keen called "Outlaw" and "Lover." My aim is to support leaders of all kinds, especially those who have conditions and gifts to be 'great world leaders' at these most mature levels of human potential.

   I am always merging, where appropriate philosophy, new physics, theology, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, anthropology, sociology, human geography, criminology, arts and literature, and political science with populist human potential and spirituality into education, as I believe in the education of body, mind, soul, spirit (holistic education) within a larger framework of what is called integral philosophy and theory primarily along the lines of Ken Wilber and John Heron's contemporary philosophical work. If the Green Movement has been important historically, and still is, I integrate the best of that but also critique it and offer a Yellow Movement for a vision for an Integral Age long before a New Age is ever going to happen. I like how Ken Wilber frames this work of the integralist as helping to create a therapia in evolution and development. My model of critical integral theory of motivation as a basis for a new fear management/education is summarized in a chart at the bottom of the page (click on doc).

   It is equally evident from the home page, I am an artist and will bring my experience and approaches to creativity, aesthetics, art-making, architecture, arts, design, and culture in general, into everything I do. I am currently in a long-term group study of the post-Lacanian psychoanalysis theory and art/aesthetic feminine practices of Bracha L. Ettinger's matrixial theory;, but the current base of my integral philosophy/education/therapia is closest to John Heron's "four worlds" model and Ken Wilber's "AQAL" model. Heron's work brings forward the essential place and value of dwelling in "four worlds" (quadrant domains) and keeping these worlds distinct, yet intimately interrelated and as 'mirrors' (correctives) for each other as phenomena, as knowing, as knowledge-production (i.e., epistemology) and overall wisdom and compassion. He asserts the critical role of aesthetic-art-imagination as the second level of his "up-hierarchy" pyramid. The four worlds he orders as natural hierarchy based on their largeness of foundation moving up a pyramid-model in development to unfolding worlds more and more significant, albeit, no world being naturally better in any way from another: (1) world of presence (feeling), (2) world of appearance (patterns, images, metaphors), (3) world of essence (reason, propositional truth claims), and (4) world of existence (encounter, practices, experimentation). Heron's healing peer-to-peer work with "distress" (hurt, trauma, oppression) is particularly informative of my therapeutic coaching practice, along with Wilber's model of integral psychology and my general interest in systems and critical and evolutionary theories.

Footnote

1. Integralist and integralism mean many different things, depending on the theorist. In general, integralism (following Wilber) is a postmodern way of thinking and valuing which includes the postmodern innovations of constructionism, contextualism, and integral-aperspectivism.

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