throwaway wrote

Reply to comment by nulloperation in What is Android Liberation? by d4rk

That's a new way to think about it, but you're right for sure. Machines taking control of humans are in some ways even more disturbing than humanoids.

There's a distinction to be made between truly sentient, generalized AI, and simple computers that's somehow gained authority over a human. I wasn't talking about machines made to look like humans, but machines made to think like humans.


throwaway wrote (edited )

I don't like the idea of technology becoming sentient, and even less the idea of it being treated as a living being. Considering the current state of the world, there is absolutely no way that androids would come about in a peaceful manner. The same goes for advanced bio-hacking; it will be (and, as much as possible, is) an oppressive tool reserved for the powerful. Sentient machinery is incompatible with dominator culture.

Another thing is, and this may sound naive and conservative: it just doesn't feel right. In a sort of sensory, feeling optic, machines stand in absolute polarity to life. My mind, and the workings of a computer, are as different as can be. I don't see how the inner life of a human can be reproduced in a machine, except for perhaps pretentious emulation.

There's a strange sentiment rising that this attitude is some sort of speciesism, which people are picking up on quickly. Fuck that. Machines are not life, and life is not machinery.

If humanity-emulating machines start walking the street, I'm moving to the forest and not coming back.


throwaway wrote

Solid post gg, thanks for that.

I've used shrooms as a general way of connecting with both lovers and friends, and acid for introducing certain city-rats to the forest.

As for using psychedelics for reconciliation and working out relational troubles, I think it's very much a two-edged sword: it is a certain requirement that you feel comfortable exposing yourself completely to the other person. If you have a tendency to try to "control" yourself, to express yourself in a certain way and not in another, you'll have a hard time clinging to your constructed self-ideal. Having anything to hide, be it a deep and horrible secret or the fact that you sleep with your socks half on, may result in some long-lasting, difficult and confusing thought patterns - and could hurt your relationship badly. In short, it requires a willingness to let go of control, and a solid bond of trust between you and your fellow space traveler.


throwaway wrote (edited )

Truth, be told. I park my guzzi right outside my office, so I can look at it through the window and think about the wonderful day that could have been, as it fades away minute by minute, just like yesterday and the day before that.

Jung would have called it forced masochism.


throwaway wrote (edited )

Genuine care for my well-being, and an ability to master their thoughts and emotions to a healthy degree.

...and I think I may have just found her. I'm being seized, my people.


throwaway wrote

Calea Zacatechichi. Brew a tea on dried leaves, or roll it up and smoke it. It's got an absolutely horrible taste, but the effects, although subtle, could be what you're looking for. I used to smoke the leaves each evening. After about 30 minutes, I got a little more drowsy than usual and fell asleep as soon as I hit the pillow, which was nice, and my dreams became much more elegant, vivid and fantastic. I rarely have nightmares, so I honestly can't say that it'll help for that specifically, but I had a feeling of regaining control over my dreams, and also having more "fulfilling" dreams so to speak. I woke up feeling more refreshed than I used to. It may have the opposite effect of what you're looking for, though: your nightmares becoming more vivid. It's a very mild herb, but still, be careful: do your research, read some reports and come to your own conclusions. If you decide to give it a try, I'd suggest easing into it to get a feeling for what you're dabbling with before going full hammer.

One thing of note is that - for me, at least - it took about 3 days of smoking the leaves each afternoon before I really felt the effects it had on my sleep. When I made tea on the leaves, I never noticed any effects. Its workings seem to vary a lot from person to person; a family member of mine tried it, too, and it resulted in them not remembering their dreams at all, not even in the slightest.

There may of course be some merit to the idea that you really shouldn't be looking for drugs. Carl Jung, who is an absolutely brilliant mind in my opinion, has written a good deal on dreams and sleep - Jung may be able to give you a hint of where you need to start looking.