Re: Brain Hackers

Anders Sandberg (
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 16:20:31 +0200 (MET DST)

On Wed, 25 Sep 1996, Stephen de Vries wrote:

> Tthe brain hackers mission: To go where no one
> has gone before. One problem with brain hacking is that the
> protocols are obscure and there are no useful maps of the system
> to be hacked. What is needed is a Hackers Guide to the Human Mind.

No real hackers rely on the documentation! ;-)

> This could use dream interpretation and symbols to give the would be
> hacker a map to work with while in an "altered state of
> consciousness".

The problem is that symbols are highly variable, even if some have more
standardized meanings (After all, most psychologists and anthropologists
do not buy Jung's theories). I think a more reliable map would be based
on the hardware - it is more standardized, and can be accessed in a more
replicable way. A third possibility is to build a symbolic system, which
is then used to influence the mind; this is the solution of ceremonial

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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