Re: Multiple Personalities

Suresh Naidu (
Sat, 2 Nov 1996 13:56:11 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 2 Nov 1996, Anders Sandberg wrote:

> On Fri, 1 Nov 1996, Chris Hind wrote:
> > At 23:52 11/1/96 +0100, you wrote:
> > >I prefer the transhuman version
> > >(MPE, Multiple Personality Enhancement?).
> > >
> > >For a fictional treatment of MPE, see Walter John William's _Aristoi_,
> > >where practically all people have AI-supported independent
> > >subpersonalities doing multitask work.
> >
> > Are you speaking of the concept of a person playing multiple roles?
> That is the first step, I have a transhumanist friend who actually has
> developed three "interface" personalities to deal with different roles.

> A deeper version would be different *real* personalities that you can
> shift between as needed, perhaps with different skills and worldviews. It
> would also be useful if they could co-exist mentally, to give advise and
> discuss problems.
> The last possibility is closest to _Aristoi_: the daimons (as the
> subpersonalities are called) have different roles and skills. For example,
> Gabriel (the protagonist) has a logical and scientifically minded daimon
> called Horus, Spring Rain is manipulative and social while Psyche is pure
> poetry. So when Gabriel wants to develop a nanosystem, he puts Horus on
> the job while he, helped by Spring Rain, converses with some VIPs and
> another daimon deals with incoming mail.

My friend was hypnotizing me a few weeks ago, and we were trying to see if
he could make me ambidextrous. What he did was have me envision the
different parts of my brain, and have them talk to each and decide how
they could implement it. I don't remember the details, but it worked for
a while. I could put together a fairly coherent sentence while writing
with my left hand.

While I wouldn't want any other personalities mucking around in my head,
I'm really interested in the concept of daimons allowing me to multitask.
Much like an artificial version of Zen martial arts, where the physical
processes are handled by some AI so I'm not conscious of them, so my
higher mind can work on things like tactics.

They wouldn't have much decision making power outside their little sphere,
but they would certainly help with trivial things.

Would hypnosis help in developing independent "daimons" in my mind?
Suresh Naidu