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 […]
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 […]
It’ll always be in progress, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlbdGIdtNv1jrYEu2TpSYP1OdbwGOvU-Y
On the “theory/data” problem, the notion that more data diminishes the need for theorization. Let’s assume this is true for a second: now, instead of developing hypotheses and testing them à la the scientific method, we simply subject our curiosities to computational operations. Feeding more data into better algorithms equals better living (through science!). This vision […]
Recently I’ve discovered some overlaps between various works of contemporary psychedelic scholarship. Over the summer I started reading Nicolas Langlitz’s book Neuropsychedelia and came across the work of Chris Letheby not long after (when he himself reached out to me after an introduction I made on a grad student listserv… +1 for email networking). Letheby co-authored a philosophical paper […]
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 […]
So we talked about armageddon. We sat and talked in the tawny glow of the night light until the sadness that had cast us in the same shadow for months got too big. You should go, I told him, get some sleep. Give my dreams breathing room. I wanted to return to the warehouse with […]
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“Everybody keeps talking about how the world is ending, but I see it differently” — Circuit des Yeux 2016 was good to me, and I am glad it’s 2017. This will be a great year, I can feel it.
“I’ve invented nothing; I’ve simply been the secretary of my sensations” — Emil Cioran