An Exclusive Interview With Jim Marshall, A Polymathic Scholar & Autodidact

Jim Marshall is a polymathic scholar and autodidact who has devoted over 50,000 hours to the study and practice of multiple dimensions of human potential and development.

He received a classical education as an honor student at a Jesuit Military Prep School, was accepted into engineering school while still a junior in prep school, and attended college on an academic scholarship.

He graduated college with a Bachelor of Science cum laude. While still an undergraduate, he began the study of “alternative” Arts and Sciences which today would be described as Transformational and Holistic. Eventually, he became a professional practitioner and, after 28 years of formal education, had a long career as a Human Development Engineer.

Jim has integrated the best aspects of the most advanced techniques on the planet and expanded their limits with his own Research & Discovery. He has successfully treated and/or trained hundreds of clients over a 40-year career and is the inventor of Septemics and several consciousness-expanding systems.

His areas of expertise include psychology, philosophy, theology, parapsychology, science, engineering, mathematics, law, literature, history, metaphysics, military science, political science, physical culture, and music.

Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

I’m a polymathic intellectual whose areas of expertise include psychology, philosophy, theology, parapsychology, science, engineering, mathematics, law, literature, history, metaphysics, military science, political science, physical culture, and music, And I am neither a member nor an advocate of any group on Earth.

How did you come across the idea for this book?

As a child, this writer was intrigued by the importance of the number seven: the seven deadly sins, the seven days of the week, the seven colors of light, etc. Why seven? Why not eight or six? Surely one could enumerate more than seven deadly sins.

The seven days of the week do not work out mathematically with the months or years. Crayola had sixty-four colors of crayons that could be arranged into a spectrum. Why was seven the lucky number? Why did the Creator rest on the seventh day?

These scales address these questions indirectly. The answer is: because many human phenomena resolve into seven strata.

It is not necessary to know why this is so, because it is not necessary to know why in order to get a result; it is only necessary to know how. The show is called Technology. Septemics is a conceptual technology that facilitates the resolution of human issues.

The spectrum of visible radiation (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) especially puzzled me. Indigo? Why is there a color between blue and violet?

Why not put tangerine between red and orange and say there are eight colors? Apparently, there is something about seven inherent to the human psyche.

This writer was always fascinated by human behavior, especially those aspects which were just behind the scene, inexplicable, mysterious, in The Twilight Zone, so to speak. However, I had the practical mind of an engineer, as aptitude tests confirmed.

Engineers use known data to resolve specific problems in the real world. This is exactly what these scales do: they give you the formulae of human activities so that you can engineer your success.

After matriculation into engineering school, I realized I wanted to treat neither electrons nor chemicals nor girders, but rather, the human psyche.

While psychology has its place, my foray into psychology revealed nothing of particular appeal to the mind of an engineer. And so began the tortuous trek to Septemics.

Unbeknownst to me, I had been trying to write this book all my adult life, but it was only after processing oceans of data about human phenomena that these scales were discovered. The chakras were a key clue, as they aligned the visible ray spectrum with human phenomena.

Once I found the first of these scales, I proceeded with the hypothesis that other human phenomena might submit to the same form of analysis. At that point, the floodgates opened and many scales appeared in an unstoppable torrent of insight.

A lifetime of arduous study, observation, experience, and research of human phenomena came suddenly into sharp focus. I had all the data; they needed only to be aligned. That alignment came in the form of these scales, which I hope you will use to better align the data of your life.

Please tell us about your wonderful book.


Hierarchies of Human Phenomena 

Analysis, Prediction, and Management of Human Affairs

is a unique, original, revolutionary, and transformative work of social science and psychological philosophy. There has never been a book like this before in human history.

Jim Marshall, author of Septemics.

The Septemics logo, shown above, conveys the concept of the subject.  Each of the 7 points of the star is a different color of the spectrum. Septemics means, literally, “of or pertaining to 7”. Septemics features 35 axes of human phenomena, each of which has 7 levels.

Why do you write? Do you have a theme, message, or goal for your books?

I wrote this book to help people. Each of these scales provides the user with an infallible way of determining the salutariness or beneficialness of any group, individual, or activity.

If the group, individual, or activity moves persons or groups up these scales, it is beneficial or positive; if it moves them down, it is detrimental or negative.

Moreover, just finding out what level you, another or some group, are at is, by itself, enlightening. Finally, once you know the actual level at which a person or group is, you can improve the person or group by moving them up one level (at a time).

All of these advantages represent major steps forward for society. Each of these scales is an axis against which to evaluate human behavior. Combined, they empower one to understand, predict and manage human affairs to a degree hitherto unattainable by most.

These scales are in play all the time; every time you do not take advantage of one, you miss an opportunity.

How long have you been writing?

Really, since childhood. The actual writing of this book took 25 years, and the research took another 25 years, prior to that. However, I have been continuously active in pedagogy, one way or another, since early childhood, and this work is merely an extension of that pedagogy.

What is the most difficult part of the writing process in general?

As regards, Septemics, deriving the basic thesis of Septemics took most of my life. It is an Earth-shaking set of data that would drastically improve the life of anyone smart enough to comprehend it and diligent enough to employ it.

These scales could only have been derived by a polymathic scholar with an analytical engineering mind, insatiable curiosity, and articulate literacy.

The insights expressed in Septemics were garnered in the same way that Newton discovered the three laws of motion, Einstein discovered the general and special theories of relativity, Mendeleev discovered the periodic table, Darwin discovered the theory of evolution, Archimedes discovered his eponymous principle, that Tesla discovered the alternating current generator, and that Pythagoras discovered his eponymous geometric theorem.

In each case, the discoverer was able to look insightfully at a large body of data, derive an underlying pattern that explained them in relation to one another, and express that interrelationship in a way that empowered the reader.

In each case, the phenomena sat unacknowledged for millennia until someone came along who had enough familiarity with, and insight into, those data to analyze them into a coherent system of thought that could be utilized by those who learned them thereafter.

What advice can you give aspiring entrepreneurs that you know would help over 90% of entrepreneurs? (i.e. advice to help overcome common mistakes)

Read, study, and apply Septemics. The 35 scales cover nearly all of the human experience and tell you how to proceed in almost any situation.

This book would change the life of anyone who comprehends it. It will open doors that the reader did not even know existed.

Which writer or leader has had the biggest impact on you as a writer?

Jesus of Nazareth has had the biggest impact on me, although I am not a “religious” person, and embrace no religion. However, I do embrace His teachings wholeheartedly, something which most so-called Christians do not do.

What is one thing you would change in your industry today if you could?

I would get everyone to learn and apply Septemics, which is a giant piece of missing data for everyone and explains most of what goes on in human society.

What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?

Do not focus on the barriers; focus on the goals. Negative persons defeat themselves by focusing on the barriers. Successful people do not do that. They focus on the goals.

What does success look like for you? 

Being able to adapt to any stimulus or situation, and being able to turn all motion to advantage. Never blaming anyone for anything, but rather assuming responsibility for everything one does or does not do, and learning from every experience.

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