DR: What event has surprised you most in the years since The Aquarian
Conspiracy was published?
MARILYN FERGUSON: (long pause). Irangate.
DR: That such things would happen, or that they came to light?
MARILYN FERGUSON: Both. I had not realized the extent of the hubris
of people in places of power in our government. I hadn't realized how far
things had gone. When all of that came to light, I felt that it was the
beginning of the end of that way of doing business. What Watergate showed
and Irangate underscored that you can't do business that way.
The lesson is not to look outward toward the people who perpetrated unconstitutional
acts and wrongdoings, but to look to ourselves. I'm not saying you must
obey all laws, because some laws are unlawful. I certainly think that Thoreau and Gandhi and Martin Luther King were right in their nonviolent resistance. But in terms of your own conscience, this is what I'm talking about.. I'm talking about when you violate your own sense of right and wrong When you know what's right and wrong in your own light, and then do something that's just a little bit off, then you are participating in the old paradigm.
We have to be careful in the details of our lives. Somebody once said God
is in the details. A lot of people who are interested in the new consciousness
tend to be broadstroke thinkers, efficient thinkers. We have to anchor the
big vision in our everyday acts and our little kindnesses.
DR: How do you manage to keep up with the incredible amount of information
coming through the print and electronic media? Do you work 48-hour days?
MARILYN FERGUSON: My husband, Ray Gottleib, whose background is science,
scans a publication called Current Contents, which covers the contents
of 6000 science periodicals a year, and comes out once a week. We send for
all the papers we think would be of interest. We have a staff of people
who are working very hard to try to match the technology to our needs. To
some extent we use computers, computer search function. We order around
300 scientific papers every month, which are reviewed by Ray, or my son
Eric Ferguson, who is now writing for the Bulletin, or by me. We are looking
for what I might call common sense science. We're looking for science people
can use. Our readers are an imaginative bunch, in all different fields.
DR: Science shouldn't be for scientists only.
MARILYN FERGUSON: My feeling is that science has been in the academy
for too long. I have a lot of admiration for scientists, and particularly
the ones who make major breakthroughs. But they have to write their material
in a certain form to communicate through the established system. It's not
an ideal system, the communication system within science.
And there is no master plan. Our country has no vision of where we want
the science to take us. Because there is no overview of where we want
to go, the educators don't know what the brain researchers are finding,
except in a very slow, trickle-down kind of way.
We need more people who can read and understand the research, and then communicate
it clearly and interestingly. . . There's a need for armies of intermediaries
who can make the translation, to be science journalists and interpreters.
Preferably they should be creative people, even fiction writers. Journalists
and fiction writers have a sense of pattern.