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health talk

“Starting from no fixed place I soon came, while preparing this paper for a foreign society, to my surprise, to the right not to communicate. This was a protest from the core of me to the frightening fantasy of being infinitely exploited. In another language this would be the fantasy of being eaten or swallowed […]

Electric Kool Aid Turing Test slides

Yesterday I gave a conference talk; it was nominally about qualitative research on the use of psychedelic drugs and the implications this has for machine learning. But the issues here have as much to do with philosophical problems of induction and the narrow view of human intelligence which gets emphasized in AI. I’ve uploaded the slides for […]

world music

“In a crowded room I looked for you In a sea of people I’m all out of hope And I’ve looked so hard I’m all out of hope And I’ve looked so hard In a crowded world I looked for you Through a sea of people How can you sleep When you’ve worked so hard? […]

freaked out / afraid

Life itself as base, profane, material, reified, Earthly, earthly, grotesque, transparent, brazen, manifest, grounded, concrete, real, obtuse, open. Fear of the real, fear of the body, the material, the committed, the law, the inviolate, the principle, the fixed, the One. Maybe illness and disability don’t freak us out because they remind us of death, but because […]

the plastic flowers of perception

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche called psychedelics “plastic flowers for the mind,” meaning that they’re false prophets, insufficient for self-realization. Meanwhile, Anaïs Nin (a psychonaut if there ever was one) described her LSD experience beautifully in her diary, but came to a similar conclusion — its meaning is diminished because it’s fake. “Fake.” Of course acid trips are “unnatural.” They […]

about

I’m a writer, PhD student and instructor at Virginia Tech. In my research life, I look at emerging data technologies through continental philosophy and STS frameworks. In my pedagogical life, I teach courses on modern comparative literature and critical theory. I also make music and build websites, one of which you’re on right now. Disclaimer: there’s not much rhyme or reason to what I […]

writing warnings

[1] Fact: writing is made of words, not ideas. [2] “Nothing is like an idea so much as an idea” — Bishop Berkeley [3] Fact: writing and ideas and content all refer to ontologically separate entities. [4] “I myself prefer an Argentine fantasy. God did not create a Book of Nature of the old sorts Europeans […]

problem children

In November, I’m presenting a paper tentatively titled “The Electric Kool-Aid Turing Test” at this conference  in Brighton, England. My argument is that emerging paradigms in research on the use of psychedelic drugs as psychotherapeutic tools problematize machine learning. To be more specific: the recent resurgence of psychedelic drug research has, generally, privileged quantitative and empirical […]