Re: Fast-acting 5-HTP supplementation for accute despair

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Jul 16 2000 - 16:22:05 MDT

Brian Atkins wrote:
> Too bad there's no drug you can take for /more/ self-awareness.

Who knows? Maybe taking serotonin *depressors* would increase
self-awareness. I was considering trying that at one point, but got
shouted down by my family.

What I find really interesting is the question of what would happen if
you just thought for a while, about politics, or self-examination -
preferably some subject that you felt a little bit uncomfortable
thinking about - under an fMRI machine, watching the activation levels
as you thought. Would you be able to generalize? Think: "Say, that
flare over there seems to correspond to rationalization"? Cognitive

--    Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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