PSYCHOLOGY: Psychedelic States

Lyle Burkhead (
Wed, 25 Dec 1996 22:32:25 -0500 (EST)

David Musick writes,

> There are some "drawbacks" from this discipline, though.
> Remember when you became an atheist? It was probably pretty
> traumatic for you, dropping a belief system like that (I know it was
> for me, anyway). Imagine going through something as shattering
> as that on a monthly or weekly basis... That's the kind of shit that
> happens all the time now that I've trained myself to pay such
> deep attention to things. I see through my current layers of
> belief systems so quickly that I'm almost perpetually in a state of
> extreme upset.

David, I just went back and reread all your posts for November and
December. They all seem to have been written by the same person.
If somebody gave me a file of unlabeled extropian posts, it wouldn't be
hard to sort them out into David Musick posts, Low Willow posts,
Chris Hind posts, Mr. Singularity posts, etc. Your style is as consistent
as anybody else's. Actually there are a couple of exceptions to this --
your December 10 post about privacy could have been written by
any number of people on the list, and your December 22 post about
The Second American Civil War is not your usual style. But those are
the only exceptions.

If you have been through a change as traumatic as the shift from theism
to atheism in the last month, it doesn't show. Can you give an example
of a major belief system that has changed in the last few weeks, or even
the last few months?