It is impossible to acknowledge
everyone who has directly or indirectly had something to do
with the writing of this book. For example, I owe a great
debt to the countless persons who have been so generous as
to provide information for free on the Internet. To those
who have been my teachers, both in formal schools and in the
school of life, thank you for your willingness to pass on
your knowledge; and thank you to all of those who have touched
me with grace.
Without the valuable advice
I received from my pre-publication reviewers, this book would
be far less than it is today. Whether they managed the time
to read my manuscript in whole or in part, their support and
encouragement has been invaluable. These reviewers include:
Ed Aborn, Rita Cofrancesco, Brian
Drew, Teresa Fiske, David Gonzalez, Chris Gossett, Jeanne
Hanson, Rio Hahn, Kathy Hart, Carla Higdon, Dev Horn, Susan
Horn, Gus Kilthau, Mac Larson, Claudia Little, Ron Little,
Bill Radacinski, Maggi Travis-Radacinski, Tony Rich, S.J.
Richardson, Linda Shaw, Ken Symington, and Max Lamkin, who
also assisted in developing the graphics for Chapter 2.
Additionally, I would like
to thank Jake Bowman for his insightful suggestions regarding
what has become the final structure of this book. My close
friend of many years, Billy Brown, played an important role
in clarifying many of the core issues in the second chapter,
and his strong encouragement helped me through many long nights.
The first chapter of this book
would not exist if it were not for the urgings of Bruce Damer
and Galen Brandt. Their ability to conceive a wonderful future
for humanity is only surpassed by the work they are doing
to create it. I want to thank Casey Hardison for the significant
amount of work he did in critiquing the draft he read. Not
only did Casey provide insightful scientific information,
his advice concerning writing styles has made me a better
For two special friends who
have been with me from the beginning, I cannot say enough.
Matt Pallamary, who is also one of my favorite writers, is
someone I can always count on. Whenever I needed someone to
give me a sanity check or just to tell me not to quit, Matt
was there. The second person is my dear friend Amanda Feilding.
Her encouragement and support have gone far beyond what could
be expected from one's closest friends.
I began writing this book the
same week I was attending a seminar given by Gabriele Rico.
The writing process of "clustering," which she developed
and teaches, was the catalyst for many of the cognitive connections
that are central to this book. What is more, by faithfully
using Gabriele's process, I did not have a single hour of
writer's block during an entire year of full-time writing.
I am deeply indebted to Steven
Rooke for the use of his art on the paperback edition of this
book. On page you will find a brief description of the processes
he uses to evolve his art. Besides being an artist, Steven
is a scientist, world-class computer programmer, and a wonderful
A special thank you goes to
Christina Saint Laurent. In the midst of a personal work-load
of large proportions, Christina found the time to review my
manuscript and then to provide many detailed and valuable
comments. On the only day my resolve began to waver, her over-the-top
letter of encouragement arrived. Thanks again for the boost.
Another person whose encouragement was invaluable is my close
friend and compatriot of many adventures, Minot Tillson. I
cannot thank him enough for being there at some of the most
important moments of my life, as well as for his invaluable
editorial guidance and commentary.
Grateful acknowledgment is
made to the many other authors quoted in this book. In particular,
I want to thank Ralph Abraham, Galen Brandt, Bruce Damer,
Mark Pesce, Vernor Vinge, and Richard Yensen for agreeing
to review sections of the manuscript in which I use their
For teaching me the basics
of networking, I am indebted to Howie Goldstein, quite possibly
the best technical instructor in the land. I am forever indebted
to my cousin, Helen Fox-Loschnig, for first encouraging me
to read Teilhard de Chardin's The Phenomenon of Man.
Should any of my pre-publication
reviewers ever find the time to read this book in its final
form, I am sure they will join me in thanking my excellent
editor, Jon Hanna. Not only is Jon one of the best editors
I have ever worked with, his detailed knowledge of an extremely
wide range of subjects makes him one-of-a-kind. I cannot think
of a single suggestion Jon made that I did not take to heart.
To our tribe, I can never repay
all of you for the lessons you have taught, journeys you have
taken, and love you have shared. I am proud to be on your
path, for it does have heart.
my children, Chris, Kelly and Dan, I want to say a particular
thank you for being so gracious about encouraging your father
to follow his heart and live his dreams. You have all made
me very proud to be your father. And to my mother, Ruth, and
stepfather, Leo, I could never have made it this far without
your help, love, and support. Thank you for always being there.
If I had my way, this final
acknowledgment would not be necessary, for I consider my dear
wife, Marycie, to be as much the author of this work as am
I. Since she had no hand in the physical writing of this book,
she did not want credit as the co-author. Nonetheless, she
served as my primary editor over the many drafts of our manuscript,
and contributed to the formation of many of the hypotheses