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Fable. Once upon a time, there was a man whose therapist thought it would be a good idea for the man to work through some stuff by telling a story about that stuff. The man lived in a one-bedroom efficiency cottage all by himself, in a sort of dicey part of town. One day, the man woke up and realized that this was pretty much it for him. It wasn’t terrible. But it wasn’t great, either. And not likely to improve. The man was smart enough to realize this, yet not quite smart enough to do anything about it. The man could see that his therapist was not amused.

A rather unsatisfactory ending, the therapist opined, and suggested that the man could do better. So how do I do this? Why don’t you start again? O.K., the man said. Once upon a time, there was a man who did not know how to use a sword and was also very afraid of dragons, so he took the L.S.A.T., did pretty well, and ended up getting into a decent law school.

But the man was fine with this. But the man was getting ahead of himself. Great. Oh? Fable. The Wyrd of the Early Earth: Cellular Pre-sense in the Primordial Soup @ The Nightshirt. Stand brave, life-liver, bleeding out your days in the river of time. Stand brave: Time moves both ways … —Joanna Newsom, “Time, as a Symptom” The philosopher Alfred Korzybski, who influenced Phil Dick, Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, and other science-fictional minds of the mid-20th Century, named “time binding” as a characteristic human activity. He was referring to humans’ ability to plan and pursue goals, including ones of long duration, even transcending the span of an individual’s lifetime. Time binding was implicitly higher than space binding, the activity of animals who live in an eternal present and are dominated by the imperative to forage and hunt for food in their environment, and energy binding, the activity of plants that convert energy from the sun.

The emergence of cells able to bind time would have been a decisive threshold or horizon for the universe. All complex cells, not just neurons, contain microtubules. The Bargain The Jouissance of Constraint Causal Sclerosis. How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist. How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist Estimated reading time: 12 minutes. I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as Google’s Design Ethicist caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked.

When using technology, we often focus optimistically on all the things it does for us. Where does technology exploit our minds’ weaknesses? I learned to think this way when I was a magician. And this is exactly what product designers do to your mind. I want to show you how they do it. Hijack #1: If You Control the Menu, You Control the Choices Western Culture is built around ideals of individual choice and freedom. This is exactly what magicians do. When people are given a menu of choices, they rarely ask: “what’s not on the menu?” The “most empowering” menu is different than the menu that has the most choices.

How? KingInJello comments on CMV:Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Submit a CMV post Read popular topics Search CMV What is /r/changemyview? A subreddit for people who have an opinion on something but accept that they may be wrong or want help changing their view. The Delta System: Has your V been C'd? Awarding a delta: Reply to the user(s) who changed your view in some way with ∆ included in your comment, which can be copied above or created using one of the following:∆ (unicode - remember the semi-colon! /u/DeltaBot will deal with scores, wiki pages and leaderboards, more info on which can be found here. Feel free to discuss any aspect of DB over at /r/DeltaBot. Please message the mods if you suspect misuse/abuse of the delta.

Wiki and Mod Standards We have a fairly extensive wiki that stores lots of useful information, such as full explanations of our rules and guidelines, archives (e.g. popular topics), and some general information about the subreddit. Related Subreddits: Click here to read election-free CMV You are reading election-free CMV. Lucifer's Technologies: Interlude- The Innovation Ring. We are surrounded by technology of a kind that our great-grandparents could barely have conceived of. And now it's threatening to change all our lives in ways we still don't understand. No one asks why the once-smooth path of human technological progress shot skyward shortly after World War II. No one seriously asks how this happened; to do so is practically blasphemous, heresy. Bell Laboratories-- a division of American Telephone and Telegraph-- was at the center of it all, unleashing one world-changing technology after another.

Because it might answer some questions about the origins of our current Technocratic dystopia... Western Electric would also eventually become part of Lucent.. This series was not supposed to be a series. Then it hit me. A well. What color is the Lucent logo again? Red like a what...? ONE PROBLEMBut there's only one problem; that image came from a 2002 movie, at least six years after the Lucent logo was designed. A messy "red donut. " ....this. Click to enlarge. The Secret Sun: Lucifer's Technologies: The Invisible Man.

Some skeptics believed that he was using micro-miniaturized radio devices with his psychics (like Geller) to feed information and answers to questions such as those Swan seemed able to answer. However, there's no evidence that such technology actually existed in the early 50s. Given that Frances Swan would eventually be filed in the crank folder, one can't help but wonder at the coincidence. Was the Admiral using Swan as a test case for secret technology-- two-way micro-miniaturized communication devices-- equipment so advanced it wouldn't see the light of day for decades after? Technology that is obviously of the same mysterious provenance as the silicon transistor itself (all the more so if Knowles Corp was indeed using transistors in 1947, before they were even brought to market, or before they ostensibly had much power to speak of, either)? If so, why go to all the bother?

Swan's experience sounds very much like responses you read about to implants in abduction lore (or in Philip K. SECRETS OF THE SEX MAGIC SPACE LAMAS REVEALED! TIBETAN BUDDHIST ALIENS AND RELIGIOUS SYNCRETISM | A Perfumed Skull. This was probably my favourite of the four October essays to write, probably because it involved so many things that I love to think and talk about, but was also something I never, ever imagined I’d be writing for an anthropological audience, or maybe at all. Years ago I was warned by a lovely acting HoD in an anthropology department to be careful of pursuing the study of esotericism – her exact words, more specifically, were ‘don’t ghettocize yourself’. One thing I’ve tried (and granted not always succeeded) at doing is to show how the esoteric, occult or ‘hidden’, as inaccessible and interior as they may seem, are still always and already social phenomena. The anthropology of extra-terrestrialism, ufology, and speculative futures is a small but growing field, and a lot of really great material has come out recently, and is currently being developed in this area.

Anyway, here’s the piece. Like this: Like Loading... Related In "Reflection" [Spell]Binding/Pushing Away Negative People | Between The Pillars. NOTE: This is not a curse, but a banishing spell. The purpose is not to get revenge on someone you hate, but to make it so they can no longer send you negativity. It is a protection spell. A Magician should not be swayed by emotion, but it can be hard to stay calm while being bombarded by negativity, but if we succumb to it, we pull ourselves down to their the level of vain ignorance and despair.

This is to cut them off from you, so they stop dumping it on you. Right, time for a spell to bind all that pesky negativity someone is sending you, or to get them out of your life for good. I’m a ceremonial magician, and this is a wiccan spell. I just want to say now that this spell is NOT intended to harm the person you are binding or even restrict them, but to protect you from their negativity. Preperations So, first off, you want to do this during the Waning Moon, aka, when the Moon is going from Full to New, and in the hour of Saturn, preferably on the Day if Saturn (Saturday). The Spell. Enlightenment is Progress, not Perfection. | Strategic Sorcery Blog. Was walking on the boardwalk this weekend and came across this nugget as I looked down. I snapped this picture because its an important lesson for magic, mysticism, and the Strategic Sorcery approach specifically.

It also happened to be the answer to a question a student posed to me this weekend: WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? What is Enlightenment? I can tell you what different traditions define their final goal as: liberation from karma, absorption in God, dissolution of the ego, Moksha, Rigpa, etc. To be honest though I don’t really believe or even care any of that anymore. What is Enlightenment? Here is the truth: fuck if I or anyone else REALLY knows. I don’t think about a final goal anymore. Here’s what I know: Meditation helps my mind not fall victim to habitual patterns. Contemplation helps the mind rest in its innate clarity without the need of a focused meditation. States that you touch on the cushion are not the goal. Do You Need a Goal? Look for practices that reveal the mind to itself.

Justin B the Magician — The Bornless or headless Rite! Get a really good... A Headless Ritual template | Seething Among the Suits. Ever since Gordon published a version of The Headless Rite in his excellent book The Chaos Protocols, I’ve noticed an uptick in interest in the ritual, including quite a few people who were intrigued enough to begin performing it. Count me among them. Though it’s still too early days to comment one way or t’other whether I am getting any “results”, I have found myself thinking of adjusting the rite somewhat in my future performances. To this end, I scanned the Stele of Jeu out of the PGM and put it through OCR to get a Word version of the original text. Everyone started from this version, wherever they eventually went with it. Since I reckon I’m not the only person considering adjustments to the basic rite, I figured I’d make this template available to people.

You can download it here. I have carefully read through the text to remove the blips that inevitably occur when working with OCR, especially making sure that the Barbaric Names are all spelled correctly. Happy hunting! Like this: Transcendent Discordianism - The Advanced Ape. The Principia Discordia [PD] lends itself perfectly to obfuscation and prankster ambiguity. For this reason Discordianism has come to mean as many things as there are Discordians. Yet despite this obscurantism I believe that there is an actual point to the teachings passed down to us by Kerry Thornley, Greg Hill, Robert Anton Wilson and others, that there is a core message that stands out among the parody, humor and cunning self-effacement of those original teachings. Read: How Social Network Users Miss the Point of Discordianism The most troubling interpretation of Discordianism in its modern context is the tendency to view it only as a parody, and to not only reject it as a religion, but to use it as a justification for the rejection of religion in general.

I have fewer reservations about calling it a religion than a parody, or a satire, for that matter. Parodies reshape existing narratives using new subjects. Read: The Importance of Distinguishing Between Chaos, Order and Disorder. The Internet Really Has Changed Everything. Here’s the Proof. — Backchannel. Bizarre fourth state of water discovered. You already know that water can have three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. But scientists at the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) have discovered that when it's put under extreme pressure in small spaces, the life-giving liquid can exhibit a strange fourth state known as tunneling.

The water under question was found in super-small six-sided channels in the mineral beryl, which forms the basis for the gems aquamarine and emerald. The channels measure only about five atoms across and function basically as cages that can each trap one water molecule. What the researchers found was that in this incredibly tight space, the water molecule exhibited a characteristic usually only seen at the much smaller quantum level, called tunneling. Basically, quantum tunneling means that a particle, or in this case a molecule, can overcome a barrier and be on both sides of it at once – or anywhere between. Sources: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Physics. Critiquing the Future with Bruce Sterling | Trigger Warning. Bruce Sterling, one of the first cyberpunk authors to receive mainstream attention, is no stranger to radical tech. With titles ranging from The Hacker Crackdown to The Difference Engine to Schismatrix to Distraction, his pertinent social commentary and visionary ideas have remained influential to this day.

His critically acclaimed work has won several Hugo Awards. When I saw that he was following us on Twitter, I knew that I had to ask him for an interview. Rachel Haywire: Throughout your various writings, you have made some predictions that have turned out to be true, both on the Internet and in the flesh. Do you think you are able to foresee the future, or do you have more of a knack for predicting trends based on present experiences? Maybe a combination of both? Bruce Sterling: It’s simpler than that. If I’m already sick of Facebook, and I “predict” to you that “some day you’ll get sick of Facebook,” and later you do get sick of Facebook, then I have told you your “future.”

Top Neuroscientist Explains How Big Pharma’s Adderall Is Essentially Crystal Meth. Anyone who’s ever been given one of their friend’s Adderall knows the powerful effects brought on by this tiny unintimidating pink pill. Increased energy, enhanced ability to focus and concentrate, and a euphoric sense of being are the most common effects of this drug. Coincidentally, increased energy, enhanced ability to focus and concentrate, and a euphoric sense of being — are also the most common effects of crystal meth.

So, why are these effects so similar? Because the drugs are nearly identical in their chemical structure. Dr. Carl Hart is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. Hart is known for his research into drug abuse and drug addiction. In a recent article on his website theinfluence.org, Hart explains that the only major difference between crystal meth and Adderall is public perception. Hart explains that this perception of illicit meth is largely due to misinformation put out by public service messages. As Dr. Follow @MattAgorist. Transit of Mercury - In a rare event, which only occurs a few times a century, the innermost planet of the Solar System will soon find its orbit crossing directly between the Earth and the Sun, as Mercury transits our home star on May 9, 2016.

During the event, Mercury will slowly move across our field of view, a small black dot across our Sun’s brilliantly bright face, a celestial show that will last seven hours, and which will be visible wherever the sun is shining. Transits of Mercury occur only 13 or 14 times in a century, usually in either May or November. The last transit was in 2006. In the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, Mercury (or Hermes) was the messenger of the gods, flying across the realms at lightning speed with his winged sandals. It is fitting that the planet closest to our Sun would share its name with the swift-footed god, since Mercury travels around the Sun faster than any other planet. Even more fitting? The Psychedelic Book of the Dead - Techgnosis | Techgnosis.

Spooky Quantum Action Might Hold the Universe Together.