Re: Controlling the male sex drive

Anders Sandberg (
01 Jul 1999 10:38:57 +0200

Elizabeth Childs <> writes:

> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > I really want to hack my hypothalamus! There are so many routines
> > there I really would like a better interface for...
> Which in particular were you thinking of?

First, there are the 'preferences settings' like the body weight setpoint and hormone levels that would be useful to be able to control. Then there are the various behavior systems: the fight or flight response ("Do you really want to become angry? (Y/N)"), sexual behavior (including preferences and drive) and of course diurnal rhythm. In neighboring midbrain areas there are stuff like anxiety (bed nucleus of stria terminalis), fear (amygdala) and pain control (periaqueductal grey), as well as the really exciting/dangerous stuff in the basal forebrain (attention, relevance memory signals) and monoaminergic systems (general mood modulation, reward, alertness). A lot of things I would like a good user interface to handle, even if some of it should be kept away from children...

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