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thursday reading

link: can AI be taught to explain itself? — There was a young man who said though it seems that I know that I know what I would like to see is the I that knows me when I know that I know that I know…

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 […]

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 […]


Hi, I’m Emma, welcome to my website. I’m an instructor and PhD student at Virginia Tech, where my research exists at the intersection of continental philosophy, STS (science, technology and society) and critical data studies. I also write fiction, poetry and music. Disclaimer: there’s not much rhyme or reason to what I post about on o-culus. (Winter […]

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 […]