Apophenia as Delusion Reed Berkowitz’s piece, A Game Designer’s Analysis Of QAnon, insightfully noted how Apophenia drives people into the Cult of QAnon. Jake Angeli, a.k.a. the QAnon Shaman, it has been pointed out, “displays strong aspects of what psychologists call ‘patternicity,’ which is to see hidden patterns, meanings, and agency behind what others would… Continue reading The QAnon Shaman and The Three Sides of Apophenia
What we regard as objective reality is but a convenience, a virtual representation, created by us, aiding in our quest for reproduction. 1Keynote address: Perception, Illusion, and Truth | Donald Hoffman Cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman uses the analogy of the computer Desktop. The Desktop isn’t an accurate representation of the alternating voltages inside a computer,… Continue reading The Social Dilemma, So-Called Objective Reality, and Higher Mind
As a teen, I was a natural at lucid dreaming. I could— no exaggeration— realize I was dreaming four or five times a night. It was lots of fun. Mostly flying, but you can imagine what else a teenager might want to dream about.
“Brain Art” by Ars Electronica, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The story goes that in 44 BC in Rome, Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of his own senators, crumpling to the floor with a final gasp. This last breath contained around 25 sextillion (that’s 25 followed by 21 zeroes) air molecules, which would… Continue reading Caesar’s Last Breath and ESP
When asked, on Waking Cosmos, about the prospects of AI become self-aware, Dean Radin suggested [quote to follow], any system with a sufficient number of connections might become self-aware. Which got me thinking… humanity is a system. It has billions of nodes and trillions of connections. Humanity meets Dean’s thought-experiment criteria for being self-aware. But,… Continue reading Is Humanity a Self-Aware System? How Might We Know?
I got that text this morning. “So what?” you’re thinking. Well, here’s so what.
On November 14, 1996, Farsight founder Courtney Brown was interviewed on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell. In that show Courtney recounted that his team of three remote viewers viewed an alien craft “four times the size of Earth” near the comet Hale-Bopp based solely upon one astronomical photo that showed a dot of… Continue reading Courtney Brown: “A virtual accomplice to suicide”
Psychology Today: Experiments Suggest Humans Can Directly Observe the QuantumMay 31, 2019 “As we’ve been saying in different ways for these past months, what has been emerging from a wide range of often non-communicating researchers in multiple independent (also often non-communicating) but related disciplines, as well as from pan-global, cross-cultural sources and institutions, is an… Continue reading In Case You Thought Super Human was Fiction
Super Human is the first book in a new Young Adult Science Fiction series. Through an out-of-this-world adventure, it takes a close look at the role of anxiety and our thoughts on outcomes in our lives. Readers praise Super Human: “I was hooked from page 1. I started out expecting a fun-filled Sci-Fi novel. The… Continue reading Super Human: A Young Adult Sci-Fi Novel
Hi, I’m Dan Pouliot. You may remember me from such tweets as, “It was just a joke” and such personalized DMs as, “Hello. How are you?” Hey #WritingCommunity lurker. Do you want more followers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do I have an opportunity for you? Hang on. (clears throat) Do… Continue reading #WritingCommunityOnlineMeetup Moderator’s Guide