Aldous Huxley had a similar intuition in his essay, The Doors of Perception: the body perceives everything, and environment (including culture, traditions etc.) teaches the man to close some doors lest he be overwhelmed. Mescaline and other entheogens are a way to open most of the doors. Artists (such as Van Gogh) are people with a different set of doors open/closed.
^^ this part is what piques me because we are finally combining our knowledge from disparate fields and the indicators are truly that it's much more insidious than anyone can possibly imagine so the red pill blue pill moment is upon us as a humanity
What are you specifically referring to here? QM?
It's given humanity somewhat of a global consciousness, but not everything that comes out of that is benign or benevolent.
We pieced together all the disassociated information required for our own destruction... and the best part? It was totally and insidiously inevitable.
The removal of filters allows us to see this noise and would explain why these patterns are so commonly seen during psychedelic trips.
Both are very interesting reads about perception, hallucination, and mental illness.
As the common saying "Tuning out the noise" indicates, focusing on something feels more like dropping irrelevant info in the background than about magnifying the interesting bits.
Also, it seems to make sense to expect important functions for survival to be found in the "ancient" parts of the brain. And the attention capacity seems like a rather important function for survival.
On another topic, I wonder how this finding could serve as an inspiration in regard to the current trend of attention mechanisms in Artificial Neural Networks. The analogy with transformers is obvious, but the part about "blinking spotlights" made me wonder if Nature isn't hiding a nifty trick here.
THC/cannabis is too much of a recreational drug... though it's useful for taking the edge off at the end of a psilocybin trip.
Most of your brain literally cannot distinguish between fantasy, dream, stories, and actual experiences.
And the parts that do, will never be able to tell if it’s all just made up.
Philosophically, there is no ”reality“ but that what you perceive.
Which, due to relativity, is, well, highly relative too. There is no absolute reality either.
You can literally have conflicting facts about even simple things, that both are true, and scientifically verifiably so. (Like ”Who shot first?“. Or ”What particle came first?“.)
So be very wary whenever you are confident about such things. Because that is only possible with enough convenient ignorance.
Philosophy doesn't get us out of the gravity well, cure diseases, build computers, or feed the hungry. However, it does motivate people to prioritize those things.
Well, everything that is at the boundary of our knowledge is also on the boundary between our heads and outside of them.
Let's say you think your partner loves you. How well do you know that? Do you think you know them well? What's the difference between them realising that they should move on in life later on and having planned it all along (getting rid of you in a few years)?
Do you believe in marriage? Is it something enforced upon us by the culture or is it emergent from each one of us individually? What if I only speak about you yourself? Is happy marriage a 5, 10, 20 year long thing? If your partner dies, how long do you wait before your marry someone else?
I would even go as far as saying that "curing diseases, building computers and feeding the hungry" is something that people with a certain slave mentality tend to think about. They need a rational purpose to live because otherwise they would need to admit they are not rational players - but in the end it's them you lose in the game of life by blaming everybody else for being so _irrational_.
You can try not to, but ultimately you will fail because your brain works against you.
Schizophrenia isn't some binary thing one either has or doesn't, it's much more of a scale.
A base level of it is even required for our punny brains to rationalize not just all kinds of basic sensory inputs , but tying all kind of abstract human-created constructs together in such a way that it sill ends up making "objective" sense to the individual.
How can you tell there actually is an outside? (And if you can never tell, why would it matter?)
A key difference between LSD-indused psychosis and schizophrenia is timespan. For most people, the psychosis fades and they just become normal people again. (some people do trigger schizophrenia that persists after their trips, though it's rare)
Fast-forward five or so years, and I gave it another shot out of curiosity. Interestingly enough, my experience was starkly different. I guess you could say I experienced the traditional side-effects that I had missed my first time around. What's most notable is the subtle after-glow I would feel days after using THC.
I have since been using THC while practicing mindfulness and the benefits have been enumerable! It's quite interesting what role age, set, setting, etc. can have during these experiences.
I think the important thing is that people can experiment in a controlled way. It wasn't until cannabis became legal that I could compare strains and figure out what exactly was causing my anxiety.
Certainly holds true for me: the experience, it turns out, depends more on where I am in that stage of life than the substance in question. Cannabis is radically different for me now (at 30-something and after several intense psychedelic experiences) than at 19 or 20 when I first tried it.
And...I'm not assuming you're a man :)
Strain, strength, psychosoma, as you mention. Psychosoma can be affected by location, time of day (light out or dark out), the company you are in, legality, or potential work-related ramifications, etc.
I _do not recommend_ this at all, but if you want to have an anxious episode, consuming a 10MG THC edible on an empty stomach, while alone, will likely do it. You may find yourself repeatedly Googling "Am I going to die?!", and then forgetting the answer 10 seconds later, for about 90 minutes.
That said, there have been times where I've enjoyed it. Being in a familiar environment, with people I trust, having eaten food, and maybe a drink or two, tends to nullify the anxiety and allow for a relaxing experience. I find similar benefits from meditation though, so I have little reason to use THC these days.
kinda weird but i find experiencing anxiogenic effects and then calming my mind and letting them go to be an extremely enjoyable experience with mind altering substances. huge part of why i used to abuse diphenhydramine regularly, other than seeing my friends the shadow people!
I can still enjoy a very small dose, preferably in the company of others, like at a party or something.
But I have a really low heart rate. It's around 30 when I wake up in the morning and usually 50-60 during the day. So I guess pretty much everything could raise my heart rate, haha.
With less input the brain hallucinates to fill in the gaps. It may feel like the doors are being opened to allow the outside in but hallucinogens close the outside off. Your heightened perception of external things when on psychedelics are hallucinations occurring in your brain and not some objective information being transmitted from outside
Try heart beat, breathing, blood flowing through you, your intestines working, air going through hairs and across your snin, saliva being squeezed out of your mouth's glands, your teeth and tongue touching everything in there, any speck of dust under your finger and toe nails, … did I miss anything?
As somebody who is way more aware of these things way too often: Not fun!
He was also a proponent (later in his career anyway) of the idea that brains act as filters on an expanded field of consciousness. I don’t recall if this specific detail comes more from him or from Myers, but the gist is that consciousness exists independently from bodies, and brains evolved to filter out all but the most useful perceptions that contribute to bodily survival. The last half of that agrees nicely with this article.
James did a lot of work on the nature of embodied experience and was rigorous—foundational to the field of psychology, in fact—when studying how cognition and sensation interact. And a hundred years later, we still don’t have conclusive evidence that brains produce consciousness; we assume it to be the case because physicalist interpretations have worked really well everywhere else in the sciences.
(Also speaking as someone with an ADD diagnosis myself)
>Halassa is particularly intrigued by what the connection between attention and the basal ganglia might reveal about conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism, which often manifest as hypersensitivity to certain kinds of inputs.
Bass sounds from down the hall or across the street definitely falls under the category of sounds that greatly irritate me. I would inevitably call the cops if I couldn't get them to stop even though I want them to be able to play their music as it makes me irrationally upset.
The kinds of sounds that annoy me on a daily basis are people eating loudly or talking too much. I bought some pretty nice sound canceling headphones so that I can avoid such sounds when I can. I would not be capable of working in an office otherwise.
When I'm looking for my keys, I know what I'm looking for so I can see how my attention may know what to focus on and what to ignore. Perhaps, when I'm driving down the road and an animal darts across it, I know to focus on it because I have a propensity to pay attention to sudden movements. I can see how that would be very useful to have indeed.
But when there is nothing guiding my attention, like an object of interest or a motion- it's still on and it can still focus. And it can still surprise me.
Last year I had two examples of this. I was on a boat with some friends and I suddendly noticed a cruise liner far off in the distance. It was blending with its surroundings (particularly the mountaints behind it) and so even when I pointed it out to my friends they could not see it for a minute or so, until it moved closer. Another time, I noticed a military helicopter flying across a hilltop. I pointed it out to my mother and again she couldn't see it. My eyes picked both objects out and I was just gazing towards them semi-distracted not expecting anything to be there... how? And why? And how about all the other times I've missed similar information right before my eyes?
How is it that we know what to pay attention to and what to ignore? How do we know what is relevant?
Sometimes our filters can handle it all, a lot of times it can't. And a lot of modernity, with always-connected internet devices, outrage porn "news", and sky-is-falling political hacks everywhere, can be overwhelming and frankly exhausting.
I always recommend disconnecting, taking a breather, and enjoying the serenity of quiet. Not working in toxic environments with crummy colleagues, and certainly not being dragged into the daily grind of content farm media companies. It's a huge benefit to one's mental health and emotional stability.
For precisely this reason I am such a stickler for proper professional dress: I find printed T's and athleisure utterly annoying and the cost of filtering out my colleagues fashion choices over the long term leads to a huge cognitive load whereas if we could all work within the established paradigm we'd all attain a way better state of flow
Guess we'll have to wait another century for the science to prove what everyone already knew since antiquity before anyone in the tech industry deigns to wear adult clothes - apologies for the dig but I have points to burn and a desire to be validated as counterculture
I'm on your side too orange8, but we went to different universities and had different childhood experiences and now our shared vision is getting cloudy with all this corporate hoopla imposed on us by the man
Before you 'yea but...' however understand that the trade-off is that we must agree to some form of standardization and effectively it's formal business dress
None of us an island -- it's called interdependence
That line of reasoning doesn't work on a 10x programmer like myself, I'm above the mere mortals. Save it for the likes of Adam Neumann
I think you could use some perspective. This research is not so concrete that the application even makes sense.
Just because imposing your prejudices on others makes you have to think less doesn't mean it is a good idea universally.
It all started with some engineers at commodore trying to show how fun loving they were and quickly became a fool's fashion show of kitschy tired old rags
This just goes on to show how badly you are familiar with fashion.
Fleece vests come from the 90s trading floors. The traders would use shirts, then management started to reduce the temperature on the floors to make the traders more efficient. Vest was a great way not to get cold or too hot on the floor. Thus fleece vests are now associated with finance people.
Masterful trolling, or epic unawareness.
Not necessarily applicable 1:1 in humans.
Edit: See the comments on psilocybin above and read them from a spiritual perspective, try it on.
Is there a place I can suggest features? I could have avoided a ban if I had seen your first warning.