Surrealism, derived from the French for “beyond realism,” is defined as dreamlike
and distorted. Conceived by the French poet, Andre Breton,
it hailed the conscious transformation of values through the dreamlike
liberation of the unconscious … Dream on!
A more practically promising and demonstrably easier mechanism toward transforming
values and behavior is neuroscience. Rather than ‘unlocking’
the unconscious mind, it focuses on strength-training the conscious mind. Strength-training
of the conscious mind, (like the physical strength-training …
… of muscles) is not science fiction any more, but rather, present-day nonfiction.
The offspring of B. F. Skinner’s behavior modification
techniques of a century past, neuroscience’s promise to humanity is in the edification
of a species … specious; and that too … is no nonfiction.