Reality distortion field (RDF)
is a term coined by Bud Tribble at Apple Computer in 1981, to describe company co-founder Steve Jobs’ charisma and its effects on the developers working on the Mac project. Bud Tribble claimed that the term came from Star Trek. Later the term has also been used to refer to perceptions of his keynote speeches (or “Stevenotes”) by observers and devoted users of Apple computers and products.
The RDF was said by Andy Hertzfeld to be Steve Jobs’ ability to convince himself and others to believe almost anything with a mix of superficial charm, charisma, bravado, hyperbole, marketing, appeasement, and persistence. RDF was said to distort an audience’s sense of proportion and scales of difficulties and made them believe that the task at hand was possible.
Walter Isaacson:He would tell me the same story three or four times, and each time it would be a little different. Nobody was lying or spinning. It’s just that Steve had such a strong force field that it seemed to almost distort the perceptions around him.
Tribble later told Isaacson that the phrase came from “The Menagerie” to describe how the Talosians created “their own new world through sheer mental force.”
Are you one of us, Steve?” — Michael Hinman at: http://www.airlockalpha.com/node/8745/was-steve-jobs-a-talosian.html
In my view, the quantum observer is consciousness. The conventional definition of consciousness implies that it is a uniquely human property. For me, the aspect of consciousness that applies to humans should be called conscious awareness. I’m hereby introducing a new paradigm for the larger conept of consciousness of which conscious awareness is a tiny sub-set.
Think of consciousness as the fifth force of nature. It is a fundamental property of the universe.
Consider consciousness as if it were a force that is propagated via spectrum of vibrational frequency, similar to the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).
We humans are able to perceive only a very tiny fraction of the EMS with our senses: visible light.
Just as humans are only tuned-in to that band of the EMS corresponding to visible light, similarly we are only tuned-in to a very narrow band of the spectrum of consciousness. This is the band that corresponds to self awareness.
Jeff Hall—The Dimensions of Consciousness Blog at:
The man who deludes himself into thinking that he has achieved real knowledge of the true, the just, and the good is liable to be a very poor judge of what is really true, just, and good, since the Forms exist independently of any earthly embodiment, and perhaps beyond any mortal comprehension.” —James Miller, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche