If we imagine the shape of the adoption of new morality like a wave, the adopters of the newest morality would be the crest of the wave while most are far behind them.
Are brains a prerequisite for consciousness? Holoprosencephaly is a cephalic disorder in which the prosencephalon fails to develop into two hemispheres. In lay terms, there is no brain atop the brain stem. What of a baby with no brain? Could it think? Could it form language? The answer is yes. Baby born without most of… Continue reading The Case for Plant Consciousness
There are three ways to unlock the mind’s superpowers. One way is academic: years of training, hard work, and practice. Another is through inheritance: the right genes are passed down through favorable ancestry. Will Freeman is more anxious than other teens. When his new friend Lily Powers invites herself over and the two go treasure… Continue reading Super Human: The Mailing List!
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. Jacob Chansley, 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.