Friday, October 24, 2008

Self as Metaprogrammer by Chris Arkenberg

Self as Metaprogrammer by Chris Arkenberg from Maybe Quarterly Magazine

Metaprogramming - becoming the mind you want to be

Most of us will live our lives without much consideration of these ideas,
content to exist as semi-automatons, acting & reacting based on genetics and
imprints and the accumulated experiences of our lives without ever
questioning these habitual responses to our world. In spite of the brain's
ongoing updates, the perceptions and beliefs of most people will change
little after about 30 years of age, barring some sudden traumatic or visionary
experience which disrupts their ingrained view of things enough to allow the
brain to rewire a new way of seeing the world. Yet the hardware of the brain
and the software of the mind is open source. We can each become mind
programmers - metaprogrammers - actively rewiring our beliefs and
associations towards whatever goal we may have. This is no new revelation
and there are many techniques, both modern and archaic, for breaking the
mold of belief and mapping novel associations in the brain.


The networks of the brain are not designed to change at the slightest whim
or passing fancy. Nor are the constructs of the psyche. Sudden, radical
confrontation can inspire change, as in our phoenix analogy, but so can
persistent repetition, like learning to play the piano. We acquire this skill
through diligent practice, over and over, slowly rewiring our brain to adapt
to the task and integrate the art. Much of eastern mysticism proceeds by this
path, like a river slowly wearing down the hardened stone until it is soft and
polished. Magickal ritual may employ radical initiations, but for most it is a
daily practice that gradually reprograms the practitioner to be more in line
with the metaphysics of the path. Anything done regularly and consistently
will forge grooves in the brain.

Read it all!

Stone Age man took entheogens, say scientists

It has long been suspected that humans have an ancient history of entheogen use, but there has been a lack of proof to support the theory.

Now, however, researchers have found equipment used to prepare entheogenic drugs for sniffing, and dated them back to prehistoric South American tribes. Quetta Kaye, of University College London, and Scott Fitzpatrick, an archaeologist from North Carolina State University, made the breakthrough on the Caribbean island of Carriacou.

They found ceramic bowls, as well as tubes for inhaling fumes or powders, which appear to have originated in South America between 100BC and 400BC and were then carried 400 miles to the islands.

Scientists believe that the entheogen being used was cohoba, made from the beans of a mimosa species.

Interesting how the tone of an article can change if you replace a few words, like say "drug" and "hallucinogen" with "entheogen" isn't it? (Read the link to see the difference.)
Take this article's title for instance: I'd title it "Entheogens help against depression" because they do (now go see what they picked as a title...). A few lines later about Meditation and Yoga (also - and this is an over-generalized explanation - right brain activating activities) the article says: "But for some people knowing that it works is never enough. They have to know why it works..."

Barroso and Sarkozy plead for permanent EU presidency

"The EU's Lisbon treaty - rejected by Ireland (AND EVERYBODY ELSE) in June but already ratified by 22 EU states (NEVERMIND THE PEOPLE HAD NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT) - puts forward a permanent head of the council as one of its key reforms."

Can't these pretend-politicians play their games behind bars? Just an idea.

Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans

warning: lots of ketchup in this vid:

The Reliability of ED209, omg it killed Kenny!

The Enforcement Droid, a good example of why to dedroidify on all levels... "I'm sure it's only a glitch." said that dick. I like this version better.

"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
Albert Einstein

Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans

The latest request from the Pentagon jars the senses. At least, it did mine. They are looking for contractors to provide a "Multi-Robot Pursuit System" that will let packs of robots "search for and detect a non-cooperative human".

One thing that really bugs defence chiefs is having their troops diverted from other duties to control robots. So having a pack of them controlled by one person makes logistical sense. But I'm concerned about where this technology will end up.

Steve Wright of Leeds Metropolitan University is an expert on police and military technologies, and last year correctly predicted this pack-hunting mode of operation would happen. "The giveaway here is the phrase 'a non-cooperative human subject'," he told me:
"What we have here are the beginnings of something designed to enable robots to hunt down humans like a pack of dogs. Once the software is perfected we can reasonably anticipate that they will become autonomous and become armed.

We can also expect such systems to be equipped with human detection and tracking devices including sensors which detect human breath and the radio waves associated with a human heart beat. These are technologies already developed."
Read on.

Thanks Cause without a Rebel.

8 Dutch coffee shops closing near Belgian Border

Eight Coffee shops in the Netherlands close to the border are closing in Februari 2009. The (official bullshit) intention behind it is to stop drug tourism.

The sale of cannabis is officially forbidden in the Netherlands, but is allowed under a few conditions. The "Justice Departement" leaves the coffee shops alone that way. Alcohol is not allowed to be sold in coffee shops since last year. Hilariously, tobacco cannot be smoked either anymore in coffee shops.

According to the Dutch press bureau ANP the coffee shops attract around 25.000 Belgian and French drug tourists each year.

"Because of the closure" an end has come to the current drug policy. The rules will become more strict, shops will only be allowed to have 300 instead of 500 grams. And customers will only be allowed to buy 2 instead of 5 grams.

In one border city the coffee shops won't close, but all customers will be registered.