Re: Personality types (was: uncontrollable suffering)

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Fri Nov 16 2001 - 03:33:54 MST

On Thu, Nov 15, 2001 at 11:24:06PM +0100, Curious wrote:
> ofcourse this is wrong and wrong,
> artistic behaviour lies rather on chemical blocking of certain
> neurotransmitter type. many artists use 'mind expanding' substances to hold
> their visions longer - while memory is chemical - reality and response to it
> (perception) is electrical (using high frequency pulses, or rather very
> precise (up to quantum level) phase shifters)
> so to reach good 'transport' ratio they use such drugs.

The drug-taking artist is a cliché just as the moody artist; there are
plenty of examples, but also many artists who neither have emotional
problems or use chemicals. Compared to (say) journalists artists are
quite temperate. That said, quite a few people with neurochemical
imbalances do self-medicate - by trial and error they find drugs that
produce a manageable mindstate (this is why so many schizophrenics
smoke). And I think people do self-medication to maximize their mental
abilities too - alcohol can in the right dosage and at the right time
improve the creative process (at least the incubation phase of it).

I'm curious about your claim about quantum precision phase shifters -
do you have any support for this claim? In my field, computational
neuroscience, the battle is still raging about how much is spike timing
and frequency coding. But not even the spike camp claims the spikes are
*that* well timed.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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