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den Otter <firstname.lastname@example.org> Wrote:
>Imagine a machine >that you just put on your head (I'm not sure
> how big the total device would have to be, and how much energy it
>would need etc., but even a static version would have great marketing
> potential) that gives you instant, safe pleasure like you've never felt
>before. Resistance is futile -- you will be pleasured, guaranteed.
>The ultimate form of entertainment;
That could be the explanation of the Fermi Paradox, the reason we can't find any ET's. If it were possible to change your emotions to anything you wanted, alter modes of thought, radically change your personality, swap your goals as well as your philosophy of life at the drop of a hat it would be very dangerous. Once you change yourself you may not want to change back, even if your behavior became bizarre or suicidal.
Ever want to accomplish something but been unable to because it's difficult, well just change your goal in life to something simple and do that; better yet, flood your mind with a feeling of pride and self satisfaction and don't bother accomplishing anything at all. Think all this is a terrible idea and stupid as well, no problem, just change your mind (and I do mean CHANGE YOUR MIND) now you think it's a wonderful idea.
Complex mechanisms don't do well in positive feedback loops, not electronics, not animals, not people, not ET's and not even Jupiter brains.
John K Clark email@example.com
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