LGIBooks is a book & internet production company dedicated to producing quality websites, audios, videos, and books that will “cross-over” to “the mainstream” to educate the culture about ways of living, values, and beliefs that are centered around basic principles of life for human beings. Generally this means either basic principles which are well-supported by credible, verifiable scientific research, or which are so basic and self-evident as to need no scientific validation or support.
The Premises for LGIBooks:
- There are certain basic principles of life for all human beings, no matter one’s culture, ethnicity, language, education, religion, beliefs, or good intentions.
- The more one lives one’s life in harmony with the basic principles of life for all human beings, the more functional, healthy or optimal one’s life will be.
- Some of these basic principles of life are known and have been well tested, either by science or common experience. Many, however, are not yet known or are theories that have not been satisfactorily tested and proven.
- Thousands of researchers all over the world have been and are engaged in studying human beings — our brains, our minds, our body chemistry, lifespan development, learning, motivation, relationships, needs, emotion, etc. etc. — with the aim of discovering any yet-unknown basic principles of life for all human beings. LGIBooks is dedicated to the premise that the basic principles of life for all human beings can be discovered, tested, validated, taught, and learned.
- Our “culture” (actually every human culture) claims to know what are the “right” and the “wrong” ways to live, what are the “right” and “wrong” values, what are the “right” and “wrong” beliefs for the people of the culture to live by.
- UNESCO defines “culture” as “the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual, and emotional features of society or a social group,” which “encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs.
- It’s the job of the “teachers” or “protectors” of the culture to “monitor” and “update” “the rules of the culture.” This includes formalizing ways for rewarding those who live in harmony with the culture’s rules and punishing those who don’t. It may be simplistic to say that the “teachers” or “protectors” of a culture are those who hold the most power in the group, but that is indeed the way it is.
- The most powerful “teachers” of our Western culture today (at least in the United States) are “the Media” — the Mainstream Media, sometimes called “the Corporate Media”;
- The “ways of living”, “values” and “beliefs” for human beings that the Mainstream Media “teaches” are not grounded in, centered around, informed by, any objective, proven, “basic principles of life” for human beings; and
- The Mainstream Media is open to “educating the culture” about “basic principles of life for all human beings”, only if any such “education of the culture” can be done profitably.
- LGIBooks is dedicated to proving that “educating the culture” based on “basic principles of life” for human beings can be done profitably.
Our Project Categories
LGIBooks has numerous book & web project ideas/titles in exploration. These ideas have been loosely organized into the following Categories:
The Self – what is the nature of a “a healthy human Self”
LGIBooks uses “healthy” not in the “medical sense” of “sick” versus “healthy”, but rather in the sense of “optimally functional.”
This is very much the classic existential question: “Who am I?” What is one’s “Self”? What is a “healthy human being” — an emotionally, mentally, behaviorally, healthy human being? What is the optimal range of behavior for a “healthy self”? Is there any scientific consensus on the characteristics of a “healthy human self”?
Relationships – what is the nature of healthy human relationships
The nature of all varieties of human relationships – parent-child relationships; husband-wife relationships; romantic relationships; teacher-student relationships; friend relationships; employer-employee relationships; business relationships, customer-seller/service provider relationships, etc., etc. Is there any scientific consensus on the “nature of healthy human relationships”?
Functionality – what is the range of “Optimally Functional” behavior for human beings and what is the range of “dysfunctional” behavior
There seems to be a fair amount of scorn or in the mainstream of the culture towards the term “dysfunctional”, but that scorn or derision is misplaced. It is not a stereotype, meaningless term. The definition of “dysfunctional” is, most simply, “the opposite of functional”, and of course, “dysfunctional” and “optimally functional” are always on a continuum within any context. Is there any scientific consensus for the range of “optimally functional” behavior for human beings?
Learning – what is the capacity for learning and development for human beings throughout the lifespan
- The initials “LGI” stand for the name of our company “Learning Goals Institute.” The term “learning goals” comes from the research of Carol S. Dweck as best summarized in her book SELF-THEORIES: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development (1999) Philadelphia: Psychology Press.
- Her research identified two clear major tendencies of people in relation to learning and motivation: to be either a “performance goal” oriented person or a “learning goals” oriented person.
- People with the “performance goal orientation” tend to exhibit a “helpless response” and tend to give up when faced with a challenge or an obstacle or a task that requires much effort;
- Whereas people with the “learning goals orientation” tend to exhibit a “mastery oriented response” towards meeting challenges, obstacles or tasks that require effort with persistence, positive determination, and an open-to-learning attitude.
Reality – what is the nature of reality vs. the nature of beliefs, theories, good ideas
Our Reality Projects are focused on the reality of existence, the reality of aliveness, the reality of the present moment, reality in daily life, the reality of one’s personal, subjective experience . . . . . . as distinguished from thoughts, concepts, stories, ideas, beliefs about one’s existence, aliveness, present moment, daily life, experience.