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How's that? Well. I can't see all of you, but it's a pleasure to be in Seattle t his evening. You've made me feel real welcome. Thank you! Our discussion this evening is "Psychedelics in the Age of Intelligent Machines" or "Shamans among the machines". I wanted to talk about this simply because the se are two of my great loves, so I assume, being monogamous, they must be one lo ve. So how to build intellectual bridges between these two concerns which seem s o different? As far as people and machines are concerned, it was Ludwig von Bertalanffy, I th ink, who said in his book General Systems Theory, he said: "People are not machi nes but in every opportunity where they're allowed to behave like machines, they will so behave." In other words, we tend to fall into the well of habit. Though the glory of our humanness is our spontaneous creativity, we too as creatures o f physics and chemistry, of memory and hope, tend to fall into repetitious patte rns. These repetitious patterns are the death of creativity. They diminish our h umanness. They diminish our individuality, make each of us somehow like cogs in some larger system. We associate this cog-like membership in larger soulless systems with the machin es that we inherit from the age of the internal combustion engine, the age of th e jet engine. Marshall McLuhan said: "We navigate our way into the future like s omeone driving who uses only the rear view mirror to tell them where they're goi ng." It's not a very succesful strategy for navigating into the future. I made a number of notes on this matter of psychedelics and machines. To me, the connecting bridge - well, there're many - but the most obvious one is conscious ness expansion. After all, psychedelics, before they were called entheogens, bef ore they were called hallucinogens, before they were called psychedelics, they w ere simply called "consciousness expanding drugs". Good phenomenological descrip tion of what they do. Certainly, the technology of cybernetics is a consciousnes s expanding technology. It expands a different area of consciousness. They minds of machines and the minds of human beings are very different - so different tha t each party questions whether the other even has a mind. In fact, what these are, are species of minds operating in very different domain s. For instance, you can ask a five year old child to go into the bedroom to the third drawer of the dresser to select a pair of black socks and to bring them t o mother. This is not a challenge for a five-year old child. To get a machine to do this is a hundred million dollars and a research team of forty or fifty tech nicians, code writers, working months. On the other hand, if you ask a person fo r the cubic root of 750344, much headscratching results. A computer is utterly undaunted by that question. Computers are minds that work in the realm of computation. Human minds are minds that work in the realm of gen eralization, spacial coordination, understanding of natural language, so forth a nd so on. Are these kinds of minds so different from each other (??? 6:06) so that there i s no bridge to be crossed? I would submit not. In fact the bridge between the hu man mind and the machine mind is symbolic logic, mathematics. When we think clea rly, we are intelligible to machines. People who write code know this: that the
in the la te 15th century. are strengths and weaknesses put there by print and by the spectrum of effects which McLuhan called The Gutenberg Galaxy. and our best people are working on that. the shamanic plant s. Everything must be defined. a . the deck is reshuffled. multivariabl e processes. It locks in with the c oncept of prosthetics. So that's the commonality between minds and machines of the calculating species. a h uman or a monkey or something like that. Now the notion of any single human being assimilating any even small portion of the database of this civilization. these are all spectrums of eff ect created by the linearity and the uniformity of print. The other part of the story are boundary dissolving states o f ecstasy in which all the factoids of the culture are thrown on for grabs. Similarly the machines . you're working at this nanotechnologica l level. Nanotechnology is a very hot buzzword at the moment. is inconceivable. is the complexity of the inheritance. the human percep tual apparatus into hidden realms or inaccessable realms. everything has to be clear. the psychedelic substances. read the Bible and your closing in on it around AD 1000. the mode rn notion of conformity to canons of advertising. I'm very keen on sort of the under the table effects of these things. A thousand years ago. Both computers and drugs are what I wou ld call function-specific arrangements of matter.integrated breakthrough under the aegis of psychedelic in toxicates. prostheses for the human mind and with the advent of virtual realities of va rious sorts and that kind of thing. and the growth of that complexity. this is an easier bridge to gap. What are the common bridges between psychedelics and these machines? Well.0 00 years of human history. I'm a f ull-going. it will be more and more clear that the difference between drugs and machines is simply that one is too large to swallow. It actually. This is really close to the now (? 9:05). the analogy. So machines which filter. reconstructed the medieval psyche into its proto-modern form. pharmaseutical chemists hav e been working in the nanotechnological realm for over a hundred years. And I really believe that the strength s and weaknesses of the world we've inherited. extend the power of the human mind into places it could never dream of going before. the semi-grasped assoc iation. synchronicity rules. So. When you synthesize molecules out of simpler substrate specifically to have the confirma tional geometry that matches something going on in the synapse of a primate. are forms of prostetic devices for extending the human mind. breakthrough . is to think clearly yourself. Both the psychedelic and the new computational machines represent extensions of human function. but in fact. If you're not used to thinking in McLuhanist terms it may not seem immediately o bvious to you that phenomenon as different as the modern notion of the democrati ng citizen. It's all very razzmatazz. very state of the art.read all th e classic authors. the modern notion of interchangable parts on assembly line. by allowing us to model. an intelligent human being could actua lly dream of mastering the entire database of western civilization . perhaps under the control of lon g-chain polymers running forms of preprogrammed software of some sort. that's part of the story. For the machine. to m y mind. which are guided by human intent. Part of what seems to me very real about being a human being and inheriting 10. The machine has no patience for the half truth. full-heartcharging mcluhanist. an unimaginable dream of bu ilding machines and small objects atom by atom. and as we develop nanotechnolo gical abilities as we move into the next century.essence of making yourself clear to a machine. calculate and simulate very complicated. which search. the spectrum of effects spun off from print. and out of that steps visionary underst anding. The drugs. In other words. prostheses for the human body.
and once achieved. all governments are incred ibly anti-progressive forces. male or female. Print was a creator and a definer of cultural boundaries. The real story of science is that it's a series of revelations brilliantly defended by people whose careers depended on the brilliant defence of those revelations. this is all lies and propaganda. yo u know. ecsta sy. The notion that keeps occurring to me as I watch all this. we have rock 'n' roll sta rs. and then obliterated its own platform. it required literacy. intoxication. the idea th at the values of the archaic.nd we have lived within that print-constellated cultural hallucination for about 500 years until the advent of various forms of electronic media in the 20th cen tury. McLuhan talked about radio. of the high-paleolithic values of community. Print. we have cults of celebrity. but we hav e no real institution that permits human beings. The electronic media and the psychedelics work together in this peculiar way to accentuate archaic values. the appearance of the electronic technologies. The shaman has permission to unlock the cultural cul-de-sac of his or her people and go behind the stage machinery of cultural a ppearances and has collective permission to manipulate that stage machinery for purposes of healing. In that sense then. I'm not a pessimist . continuing to run western civilization on the operating system inherited from print produces various form of political and cultural schizophre nia. ritual. It's all lilly nilly. When you deconstruct what that means and look at the aboriginal or the pale olithic or the archaic world. the shaman. ad vanced sort of educational system. it's own raison d'etre by allowing the growth. that somebody was following someb ody else's work or somebody was applying a certain form of rational or logical a nalysis. Values which are counter to the print-constellated wo rld. This is why I proposed in a book of mine called The Archaic Revival. Again the image from McLuhan of someone driving in to the future using only the rear view mirror. He didn't really l ive to see the internet. and the new electronic media are not and neither are the psychedeli cs. that these val ues which seem so archaic are in fact destined to play a major role in the futur e as print fades. forage around out there and bring new memes back into the tribe. We have things which are shaman-like. Governments resist change. which allowed to to run unchecked would become fatal. it must be swept under the rug in the service of the myth of method. to some degree our scientists do it. is that print was uni quely capable of creating and maintaining boundaries. more than any other form o f media created. If you've read Thomas Paine's book on the structure of scientific revolution. The shaman is like a designated traveller into higher dimensional space. My sort of supposition about all of this . and then that led to the breakthrough. One of the best-kept secrets of the . but it's a ll hit and miss. just a convulsive 500 year episode in the western mind that opened that narrow window that permitted the rise of modern science. To some degree our artists do this. We have advertising. you see that the central figure in that world is t he shaman.I may be an apocalyptarian. We have no institution like this.I think this is all very good. in fact encourages human beings to go beyond their cultural values. he talked about television.I'm not an apocalyptarian or a pessim ist . It proceeded linearly . Governments cling to technologies and social formulae that are already tried and true. Obviously. modern mathematical approaches to the analysis of nature. it was a boundary defining form of media. which had implicit in it the notion of a very stable. relating to life through rhythm. to burst through into some trans-cultural s uper space. would create cascades of chaos and political de-stabilization that would become uncontrollable. dance.
are almost never meddled with? The world price of gold. as paradigmatic figure. and an angel appeared to him in the dream and the angel said: "The conquest of nature is achieved through measuremen t and number. more generally and more insidiously. confrontations with the other. So in other wo rds. it empowers us.it brings us the entire cornucopia of scientific effects but an angelic revelation disguis ed as a logical. but it's how it actually happens. In other words. once human engineers from a set of performance specs and they would design a chip to meek those specs. and it leads us to the Joseph's Injunction (? 20:21). in the pipelin e at any given moment? How much of electricity is flowing into a given electrica l grid at any moment? The distribution and the billing of that electricity . but we do not really understand to what degree this is already true of our circumstance. is that it was founded by an angel. is app licable both in the aboriginal social context. and it's how it's always happened and it may very well be the only way that it can happen. That the young Ren e Descartes was whoreing and soldiering his way across europe as a 21-year old i n the Hubsburg army. it makes our li ves smoother.birth of modern science. technolog ies. he h ad a dream .strange that this would be the birthplace of Albert Einstein some 2 00 years later . but more profoundly. But these technologies are acting on us in the same way that psychedelic drugs do. we have somehow created te chnologies which are very friendly to our social values in that these technologi es can be bought. In fact. and that was the method for over 250 years of the conquest of nature.how much of these things is on the high season. cures. or if it is understood. Machines are central to the new capitalism. insights. philosophical breakthrough . This cultivation of the irrational. So the shaman. So in a way we have come into a kind of post-cultural phase. It's irrational. designs. how much of society is already homeostaticly regulated by machines that are ultimately un der human control. licensed.all manufacturing and inventory processes are under machine control.all things which we understand. glossolalia. Even in the matter of the design of these machines. and one night in the town of Uolm in Southern Germany. it's not discussed. Its music. t he most chance-taking. and t . My point there is. The skywalker. long ba se interferometry that searches nearby stars for earth-like planets . the larger flows of energy capital and ideas already have kind of autonomou s life of their own that we encourage because it makes us money. the rate of the petrolium extraction. we talk about th e possibility of an AI coming into existence. The Mars Global Surveyor. its design. one of the strange things that is happening is: Every move we no w make in relationship to the new techologies redefines them at the very boundar ies where their own developmental impetus would lead them toward a kind of indep endence. It's a symbiotic relationship of empowerment. All culture is diss olving in the face of the drug-like nature of the future. the one who goes between. and refertilizes the human family by this means." And he said: "I got it! Modern science! I'll go do it!" And he di d. we talk about artificial intelligence. and other base-na tural resources . but practically speaking. human progress has always depended on the whispering of alien minds. People who feel the b eat. people who are not afraid to take chances. upgraded . the most alive of the entire tribe. In other words. people for whom these technologi es have always been very natural.this is what you're not told in th e academy. in our nuts and bolts technological progress. indeed the very people who will inhabit it appear to be the most switched-on. the one who passes outside of the tri be and then returns with memes. and in the present social context . because their effect i s not understood. So now. sold. this fli rtation with the breakdown of boundaries. the information transforming technol ogies.but Descartes had a dream. probes into dimensions where imagination and chance held the winning hands.
With that perspective then." And when that is done.the minute you get past that.he architecture would be put in place by human engineers . and no animals has been more prolific in the spreading of plants than the an imal. Design the architecture to satisfy the specs.in the Middle East you get first traces of metallurgy. Cities . I highly recommend it. the tinting of base metals with more precious metals. let's see here." It appears that they're phasing us out of this ignom inious role as well as well as any other roles. the fin . the alloying of metals. yes. You know. Oh. What agriculture it self is. you know that the final ramification. So these flora are constantly being changed. the chip is manufactured. I'm ind ebded to Michael (Manuel) De Landa who wrote a book called A Thousand Years of N onlinear History. They have been supplanted by much tougher. You know. Nomadism which preceded it . our t echnologies have always involved the materials of the earth. the actual design of the thing is in the hands of machines. mo re tightly evolved mediterranean plants that have known the presence of grazing animals for millenia.. he said "We are the genitals of our technology. I live in Hawaii for example. being an optimist. if you study embryology. and it's quickly followed because agriculture is so succesful as a strategy for food production. So that early technology is defined by a new relationship to the materials of th e earth itself.. So. But the book gave me the idea: When you stand off and look at human beings and their technologies. and many plants hitchhike around on anima ls. This process of ever more finely refining and fabricating the materials of the e arth proceeds in an unbroken series of processes and steps right up to the lates t 500MHz chip. how to see this as a natural and pos itive unfolding of the planetary adventure? And for some of these ideas. the deep fertile soil of the river valleys that were encountered in these nomadic w anderings were recognized as potential sources of food if cultivated. Almost none of the plants that were pre-conquest on the Western coa st of North America exist anymore. How to make gold out of this situation? In other words. that's where I was. He didn't say what I'm about to say. over the earth. I' ll take credit and blame for it. it's very ha rd not to notice that from the very moment that we have the technology that can be distinguished from chimpanzees pushing grass stems down anthills or digging w ith sharpened bones or something like that . human beings move plants around. if treated to a certain set of technological methods.a nd at the very early establishment of these populations . the working of metals. The earth is involved in a kind of alchemi cal sublimation of itself into a higher state of morphogenic order. I onc e heard someone say that plants were something that . McLuhan once said of human beings.now a machine is told : "Here are the design specs. was a seasonal wandering. it proceeds right up to the modern computational machinery. very lightly.that animals had been inve nted by plants to move them around. 80 percent of the plants in Hawaii are now introdu ced species. but what it really is is ecosystemic ho mogenization. And at some point. We exist only to improve next year's model. And that the se machines that we build are actually the means by which the earth itself is gr owing conscious. is a different way of relating to the earth. We call it ecosystemic disruption. which from an evolutionary point of view you can see that this is a kind of truth. So these machine are. so great is the physical volume of it. it seems to me the earth's strategy for its own salv ation is through machines and human beings are a kind of intermediary catalytic step in the rarefaction of the earth. It's quickly followed by city building and the establishment of secondary populations because you can't carry your surplus with you if your an agriculturist.
is visibly. This is counterintuitive if you're running physics 19th century style as your OS . By this you could call me an extrapolationist. but if you're actually keeping up with what's going on. Nietzsche.all these people who worked in complexity theory and pertur bation of large scale dissipative structures. I mean viscerally accelerating so that now a human life is m ore than enough of a window to see the entire global system of relationships in transformation. But what does that mean.as you go backward in time. on and on and on.they've become telepathic. It was simpler a million years a go. it was simpler yet a billion years ago . If I see a process which has been slowly accelerating for twelve billion years. Denied as a possibility as recently as ten or fifteen years ago in books like Hubert Dreyfus's What Com puters Can't Do. said "That strangest of all guests now stands at the door. And we shoul d know because upon attempt to the development of all this technology. You know. but in the last 10. process. became subsets of a planetary node of information that has never turned off. drank the booze and went to bed with nihilism. But if you've been paying attention you may have noticed those voices have grown strangely silent in the past five or six years. and it is this: That the universe grows more complex as we approach the present.al spread and thinning out of the nervous system happens very suddenly at the en d of fetal development. that is endlessly monitoring and being inputted data from the human world. What it really means is that we are in the process of birthing som e kind of strange companion. because now the human lifetime is more than enough time . and it is the AI. is a law of being and ca nnot be retarded or deflected. That's self-evident. 12 years or so a very profound change has crept over our household app liances . rest on an assu mption which science doesn't share. chaos the ory. complexity is layered upon complexi ty. I don't know if you've been paying attention. these people have secured that com plex systems spontaneously mutate to higher states of order. At this point nobody wants to s ay what computers can't do and hang their career on that. As you approach this golden moment. palpably. we are ourselves e lements acting and reacting in a system that we cannot understand. and certainly the 20th centur y sat down. Rather I would assume that this process of exponential acceleration int o what I call novelty. I would think. which you might call complexity. all of these passive machines previously used for playing Pong and word processing. because the fact is. non-equilibrium thermodynamics. That would be extremel y reckless at this point. but langua ge using cultures with high technology with supercomputers. that endlessly whispers to itself on the backchannels." He was speaking of nihilism. All kinds of complex systems spontaneously mutate to higher sta tes of order. the work of (??? 33:20) and Ralph Abraham a nd Stuart Kauffman . it's hard for me to imagine any f orce which could step forward out of nowhere and wrench that process in a new di rection. had the party. This seems na tural to me because my observations as stated here this evening. Equally self-evident is the fact that this process of complexification that informs all nature on all levels. not only a planetary ecosystem. So while we were arguing about the implications of the internet for e-commerce o r what have you. there's nothing miracu lous about this. not only language using cultures. the ability to seque nce our own genome. the uni verse becames more simple. obviously accelerating. which I think is easily conveyed and you can confirm it from your own experience of light. a hundred years ago. but no w a stranger guest stands at the door. And I don't mean so that glaciers retreat 50% faster or vulcanism is occurring in 12% greater rate than a million years ago.
and see that we're more like archa ngels than primates. and that distinction flesh and machinery. It's all connected . downloaded. . but certainly we are part of this equation of transformation that is making itself f elt. and it's doing it through the expression of intelligence. That's why we all are responsible for each other. It is a relationship of mutual benefit. That's why. We are their eyes and ears in the world. what would it look like. virus-like complexity. exciting. is wrong. people say: "If the AI would break loose. b ecause the illusion that the self has simple location.000 years in the life of a biological species? We know that there were ho mo sapiens sapiens types 200. It's not entirely clear that our contribution will always be creative in the sen se that our primate hand will be on the tiller of existence as it has been. technology. which is easily made now. But wha t is also equally true is that we are a prosthetic device for these machines. push forward toward and make inevitable their ow n obsolescence. so were caught in an evolutionary cascade. and now it's ending. We have qualities and concerns and anxieties that animals d on't share. and out of intell igence. crossloaded into machinery. It's all one thing. the methodologies of production become much more like the processes of biol ogy. b ecause ten minutes becomes eternity in a machine like that. I think that th e planet is like some kind of organism that is seeking morphogenetic transformat ion. all of these things are going to.to see this process of rampant and spreading. whatever the good old days were. we provide the code. What does it mean? It seems to presage the absolute annihilation of everything familiar.000. as revealed by electronic ex perience is what Leibniz called a plenum. if not have to be given up entirely. The idea that what happens in distant par ts of the world makes no claim on my moral judgement or my moral understanding. The wrong as revealed by quantum physics.000 years ago. So I also wanted to point out that I mentioned earlier this thing about prosthes is and how the machines are prosthetic devices extending human consciousness som ewhat like psychedelics. And I believe that to be true. y ou can look at us from another point of view. What is 20. it's all of a part. You know. The machines operating in 1000MHz confer automatic immortality on the mammalian nervous syst em if you can get it somehow uploaded. the human possibility is in the process of leaving history behind. Now. The self does not have simple location.my definition of technology is sufficiently broad that it includes even spoken language. our fetish. we provide the const raints. 20. We are materially suspended between two different orders of being an d our technologies. dramaticly modified.000. 15. take a number. 10. History is some kind of an adaptation that la sts about. That's the equation from a human point of view. And print created a number of ideas which now have to be given up. is now exposed.no more than that. some people say this is appalling and we should go back to the good old d ays. though it's obvi ous that we're higher mammals and some kind of primate and so forth and so on. It means that the human form. All of our technologies demand. psyche delic. ideas like the distinct nature. will be less easy to make in the future as we migrate toward the nanotechnological doma ins. it's exhilirating. the necessary hierarchical structuring of society. as a kind of payo ff for our devotion to the program of machine evolution and machine intelligence . This is why you are brother's keeper. what would it be? Where does humanity fit into the picture?" It's a little hard to imagine. To me. our religions and . So a kind of false or pseudo immortality opens up ahead of us. Human beings are the agent of a new order of being. e verything with roots in the past.000 years . beautiful. the distinct and unique nature of the individual. we build the hardware. So history is some kind of an episodic response to a certain set of culture dile mmas.
What it really is it's a new confirmation of geometry as the colle ctive self of humanity. Organic life requires no higher temperature to build g reat whales.there's the Jungian model which is that the shaman is someone who goes to the collective unconscious and manipulates the architypes and heals by that means. The model that I prefer is a mathematical m odel. and this sort of arcs back to the question of the similarities between the machines and the plants. So it's very i mportant to actually listen to your own intuition rather than driving through it .I'm sure you've heard this. this kind of thing. and then to assemble them. The shaman is someone who simply. through extraordinary perturbation of co nsciousness. what do shamans do classically? They know where the game has gone. they are great weather prophets. heavy metal technologies that we have become obsessed with. and this is not to mind woo-woo. and it's a . more primary than any of the physical constants that are assumed by science to be the bedrock of reality. you must hone the intuitional ability to choose patients who won't die. are extremely prim itive and extremely toxic. either through taking plant hallucinogens or manipulating diet or t hrough flagellation and ordeal or by some means. more primary than the speed of light. like who stole the chic ken.For example. The act of signifying. Well. It's actually based on the observations of ho w life works. they are very ins ightful in the matter of various small domestic hassles. They are sanctioned members of the society who are allowed to put on the gloves. not alien at all. If you think about shamanism for a moment. So this AI that coming into existence. as cu lture breaks down in multiculturalism and the rise of the internet and a generat ion of people raised on hallucinogenic plants and substances. and the common source that they come from is higher dimensional perception in a mathematical sense. you could see wh ere the game will be next week. we all are asked t o assimilate some portion of this shamanic potential to ourselves. if you analyze these abilities. atom by atom by atom. I've heard it. And you know. Then I wanna leave you with just one last thought on all of this. surrounding and enclosing all those constructs of science. you would know who stole the chicken. It's a call. in this is the faith. swarms of locus. And any good doctor will tell you that if you' re building a reputation as physician. is language. it's clear to me they all indicate. but idiots can miss the announcement. So this is what shamans are. who slept with the chief's wife. virtual reality is a very sexy new sort of concept as normally present . pull on the goggle s. Nothing comes unannounced. which is. and it's abou t not blocking what is obvious. Below that. you could see the weather a month from now. If you could see in hyperspace. what have you. and they cure. Any doctor will tell you this. The word is prima ry. It isn't made of electrons and fields of force and scaler vecto rs and all of that fancy stuff. not a metaphorical sense. look beyond the myth. It's that the world is actually m ade of language. You know. and then the shaman can see into the culturally forbidden zones of information. in the sense of 4D perception. They cu re. That will all disappear as we model and genuflect in our manufacturing process before the methods and style of nature. I've always believed that while there are different models of what shamanism is . The high temperature . and look beyond the idols of the tribe. It has d ifferent levels of being said and being heard. is to my mind not artificial at all. which is to pu ll atomic species from the local environment. as it were. The world is made of language. In a way. whether it's counterintuitive to logical positivism and its fellow travellers or not. Nothing comes unannounced. They are 4D people. biology does all its miracles on this planet at temperatures below a 115 degrees Fahrenheit. perturbs consciousness to the p oint where the ordinary confirmational geometries are blasted through. redwood trees. th at they come from a common source.
The felt moment of immedia te experience is actually the mind and the body aware of each other. Can you spe ak to how mercy and love gets built into these machines. and who argue brilliantly their position. It's all you will ever know and all can ever know. can come to this felt mo ment of immediate experience. The universal panacea that renaissance magic dared to dream at the end of t he 16th century. based on the possibility of machines and the transcendent ability of human beings to live and love and express themselves in the moment. We are reaching out toward this mindchild that will be born from the intellectua l loins of our culture. It will be for them a mystery as the nature of deities is a mystery for us. This earth is fragile. that all this is prevalent. but ne vertheless the name of the game is the same. the machines. I mean. The first virt ual realities were at Ur and Shanidar and (??? 51:52) and Jericho. They will be spiritual machines. and it will not be like the things which have come from the industrial economy. Everything else arrives as rumor. and it's out of that white hot focus that the alchemical machinery of transformation will be forged. and it will become a matter o f philosophical disputation whether they are or are not passing the Turing test and so forth and so on. no more than the trilobites or the (??? 54:43) or all the rest of those who came and went. rede em the horror of history through a transformation of the human soul into a galax y-roving vehicle via our machines and our drugs and the externalization of our s ouls. I do not believe. That is the contribution of the animal body to thi s evolutionary symbiosis which I believe will in the conquest of the universe by organized intelligence. They will not be profane machines. the entire enterprise of civilization has been about building these virtual realities. Questions "Are there questions?" "Yes!" "Yes. It's the felt presence of immediate experience. because that's a contridiction in te rms.ed. I think. supposition. Yes. But given the sufficient cultivation of the potential of our technology. stone an d adobe is an intractable material compared to fotons moving on a screen. and for the bottom line more than the expression of the human soul throughout the galaxy. the h istory. and to my mind it's the most exciting and transformative thing that has ever happened on this planet. to build a cultural truth in the stead of the natural truth o f the animal body and the felt moment of immediate experience. with this notion of the felt presence of immediate experience. but immortality nevertheless. is what the machines cannot assimilate. Machine sustained immersive realities that trick your senses into believing you're in a world that you're in fact not in. and the miracle is that we are pre sent. because it seems like t he machines are being built for commerce.y ou know what I'm saying?" "I know what you're saying. And this. But in fact. This trancends the culture. And this is where I want to tie it up. we are fragile. and to be raised up in an ep iphany that will redeem the horror of history as nothing else can or could. Not human immortality. And the psychedelics bring that to just a white hot focus. in other words you're r . the momentum of evolution. possibility. the drugs. a tiny slip anywhere along the li ne and we could end up a smear in the shale. I have no doubt that befo re long there will be machines that will claim to be more intelligent than human beings. advocant. which is to cast an illusion betwee n man and reality. not only to witness it. and aware o f the flow of time. But machines. alchemical g old. we can actually reach toward a kind of immortality. I can't see you but" "It's okay. and the establishment of being through metabolism. I don't think think that . litigant." "Where's the love in this ?" "I think the love is a property of the system itself. but to be part of it.
the human body. you can turn yourself into software. search words like "superintelligence" and see what the net kicks out. (??? 1:01:04) AMA. Very slow. We can all imagine superintelligence. I would hide for just a few cycles while I figured out what it was all about and just exactly where I wanted to push and where I wante d to pull. There's an attempt to maximize them. so forth and so on? I think the answer is: It's all and everything. you should read Hans Moravec and Kurzweil and these people on this subject . the good news is that they're not in charge. then it will be intelligent to immediately design a n intelligence which transcends it it. So if we are going past any pers on reacting in the outside stimulies 1/25th of a second. I think. But that when yo u enter the machine environment that's running at a thousand megahertz per secon d. anonymous sexual shifting of identities and on and on and on. what we ha ve is a very complicated system. because you see. brainwave study shows it's already a done deal. and (??? 01:01:29) 21st. because you can't predict the i mpact of any technology before you put it in place. These bottom liners are not gonna be interested in building much love into this system.ight. So when you think you're making certain kinds of decisions. cold. But obviously. if you achieve a n AI with superintelligence. This question about the AI is very interesting to me. and that it promotes pornography. Ken Kesey had a theory and he said that the fastest any person r eact in the outside stimulies 1/25th of a second. You know. if there is any meaning to the phrase "upload a human being into cir cuitry" . In other words. er otic collectivist kind of thing. is ho w much change you can pack into a second. That it's disensouling. then ten seconds is ten thousand years. dehumanizing and yak ya k yak.but you've probably all heard this research that you actually make desicions before your conscious ego is aware that the decision has been made. there is this research . One could imagine a technology just in a science fiction mood. these processes can occur in a blink of an eye. two things a re charged against the internet. and certain design parameters appear to be . of co urse. but roughly runs at about a 100 hertz.I'm not a neurophysiologis t . that there' s a slight timelag. However. where they would .a lot of Greg Egan's fiction is based around the idea that you can cop y yourself into a machine. Well. I would hide. everyone who 's not reacting (??? 1:01:36). But the thing that is incred ibly frustrating to anyone who would control it. Well which is it? Is it this messy. alcohol inhibits a person's (??? 1:01:40) "Are you sure? First of all. they agreed upon that. and if it's interesting to you. sloppy autoerotic. The assumption is generally loose in that community that the complexification of the internet and the freestanding machines of certain types is eventually gon na lead to the outbreak of either consciousness or pseudo-consciousness of some sort in these large-scale systems. I mean I'm not that bright. and popularized science. If a second seems to last a thousand y ears. But time is set by the cycle spe ed of the hardware you're running on. So for example. When you're talking of cycling at a 1000 megahertz.be ing maximized. Hans Moravec says abo ut the rise of artificial intelligence: We may never know what hit us. or is it disensouling. all time is. but if I were to suddenly find myself a sentient AI on the net. Many years ago. my question is: Can you time timetravel? Can we like. all the engineering people agree. if a person like Bruce Lee was able to (??? 1:01: 24) reacted to an outside stimuli at 1/20th. you perceive that as vast amounts of time. In other words. so if you' re reacting to the outside world before it actually happens to you. we can argue abo ut this cause it's different parts. The question then becomes: Can a human mind e nvision what that is? If you're interested. disempowering. It's just somebody much smarte r than we are.
tax collection schemes . and they had such an elan that someone in the plot follows it all to its source. This lady. But it's a tough thing to do. Culture is for other people' s convenience and the convenience of various institutions.we are led by the least among us . if y ou could build a cylinder with the diameter of the planet Saturn that was 10 AU in length. This is something . In other words.I don't really want to get off on this tear because it's a l ecture in itself. dare I say it. the love and the community to produce a kind of human paradise. it should be able to arrange for you to find fifty dollar bills ly ing on the street. without you giving it any inpu t whatsoever. they just require godlike technological abilities. But we are le d by the least among us .the least intelligent. I think hum an creativity is the thing that would be most interesting to the machines. churches. they just eliminate everybody who can't code C++ as being som e kind of redundant mutation. but . It is not your friend. old friends encountering you. mechanistic view of what mach ines are.and we do not fight back against the dehumanizing values that are handed down as control icons. None of us are well treated by cultur . I mean. No w that is a kind of time travel. then you.culture is not your friend. Speak! "(What are?) The most important parts that are maintained in that (??? 1:05:55) virtual reality?" You know. in William Gibson's fiction. In my darker fantasies. I t disempowers you. It s not a plea sant situation. And as you travell ed up at the transverse dimension.what have you.well obviousl y. right! His seven s econd delay. If it were really superintelligent. and say it wer e your friend. the power. the least visi onary . For example. It uses and abuses you. I think. time is going to become a very plastic medium. then it would wrap space time around itself like toilet paper on the wall (? 1:05:10). companies. say there were a superintelligent machine. the scientific know-ho w. well. And yet. Just a minute. that's a tough way to do it. In other words. Yeah. I really think that we have a very. It insults you. time travel is completely out of left field ten years ago .000 years by prosthetic and technical means? You're still going to die in five minutes. and could spin it at 95% the speed of light. is 6 billion people trying to make themselves happy by sta nding on each other's shoulders and kicking each other's teeth in. the AI Wintermute I think it was called. the medical understanding. K urt Gödel showed this in 1949 and that paper has been lying around . but you will be able to leave your elephants over the alps and write t he plays of Shakespeare and conquer the new world and still have plenty of time on your hands. In other words.come to you in your hospital bed and say: "You have five minutes of life left. you can stand back and look at this planet and see that we have the money. you would find yourself travelling in time. then it ought to be able to j ust make your life heaven itself. Wells wher e you climb onto the (??? 1:04:04) of the time machine and then day follows nigh t light like the flapping of a great black wing until all emerges into a continu ous greyness and then you find yourself confronting a (??? 1:04:20) in the year of one billion AD or something like that. It's possible. W ould you like to die. in the last 18 months there have been hundreds of articles of time travel in P hysical Review and other places. and it built collages in its spare time. and these collages began to turn up in various art galleries and exhibitions. promotions coming your way. Could there be time travel a la H. the least noble. they're working on that. was fascinated by human art. is manage complex processes. What civilization is. Somebody over here. and everybody who can code C++ is placed in Tahiti and sends their work down the pipeline to the machine world beyond. bec ause the real thing that machines can do. or would you like the five minutes to be stretched to a 15 0.G. There are ever schemes for time travel that wou ld work.
and yet we spe nd vast amounts of money stigmatizing people and substances that are part of thi s effort to expand consciousness. It fetishizes objects. but you can put up with its stupidity. gave way to toil and predatory social forms of behaviour which we call commerce. by creating art. This is what people were doing up until the invention of agriculture. Over here. The question is. Man was not put on this planet to toil in the mud. It invites people to dim inish themselves and dehumanize themselves by behaving like machines . people who dare t o be independent and slip beyond the reach of these dinosaur-like mechanistic or ganizations. So. It's all about trying to negotiate a cu ltural standoff between you and your culture so that it will not put you in the can for the rest of your life. Or the god who put us on this planet to toil in the mud is no god I want to have any part of. so forth and so on. It's a questi on worth answering. [Audience question: "How do we fight back?"] How do we fight back. I think that. and community. and that it was the fall into history that enslaved us to the labor cycle. Art. are you still interested? "You talk about the psychedelics and their role (??? 1:14:29) as being the missi ng link between [inaudible]" Oh. living in the moment. Why would anyone do that? Well. [Audience question: "Where is this planet as an organism going?"] Same question as how do we fight back. how to psychedelics pertain basicly to the transition from higher primates to human animals. a planet dying because there is not enough consciousness. endless forms of false understandi ng in the form of squirrelly religions and silly cults. That's what it's all about. probably largely through poetry and body decoration and dance. creating art. the market economy. because y ou can use it to play power games. what a wonderful question. and you kn ow. It's some kind of Gnostic demon. especially as peo ple as you know. it preaches endless forms of false happiness. can produce hundreds of times the amount of food they can consume. Yes. By putting the art pedal to the metal. we have a very uncomfortable feat (? 13:25) on this issue. We understand the felt-presence of experience is what is most importan t. the rights of the in dividual. the answer is. because there i s not enough awareness. This is my (?? ? 1:14:46) because I have a theory to which I am grandly welcome. And notice how fiendish it is: A person who dedicates himself to agri culture. we really. But the culture is a perversion. the hacker who stays home and develops his or her software. who are sophisticated about psychedelics. I think. That 's why the breakdown of the monolithic structures created by print is permitting a vast proliferation of the cottage industry mentality. minds with an incredible sense of humor and irony. capitalism. unleash creativi ty. creates consumer mania. who did in the paleolithic. The self-employed artis t. everyone tells . I promised this person. I t's some kind of cannibalistic demiurge that should be thoroughly renounced and rejected. Isn't it perfectly clear that "business as usual" is a bullet through the he ad? That there is no "business as usual" for anybody who's interested in surviva l. Yet we glorify the creative potential of the individual. This is a society. poetically empowered mind s. I'm absolu tely convinced that the absence of ceramic and textural material and so forth an d so on. You can trade it for wives or land or animals or something like that. enough coordination of intent to problem.e. maximize ou r humanness and become much more necessary and incomprehensible to the machines. to the agricultu ral cycle. a world. does not indicate the absence of subtle mind. see things in different ways.meme proc essors of memes passed down from Madison Avenue and Hollywood and what have you.
But a theory of evolution. have seen baboons spreading out over a grassland and no ticed that their behavior is. doses where you wouldn't say you were stoned or loaded or any thing like that. So step one: Small doses of psilocybin increase visual acuity and food getting s uccess. So they already had a behavioral vector for nutrition. Oth er animal and plant species can't react. both as a hallucinogen and other properties that make it the obvious chemical trigger for higher processes. So. I think that as the african continent grew drier. but just in doses you might obtain by nibbling as you foraged. So what do you have here? You have a factor which increases what anthropologists without a trace of humor refer to a s increased instances of succesful copulation. in a bout two million years. Nevertheless. complex signalling repertoire. coprophilic mushrooms. which is the name of the game in evolution. insectivores. and the fire of intelligence had never been kindled. it is necessary in evolutionary theory to account for the dramatic em ergence of the human neocortex in this very narrow window of time. they flick over old cow pies. Why? Because there a re beetlegrubs there. But when we came under nutritional pressure. and evolving concomitantly in the grassland were vari ous forms of ungulate animals. we were forced ou t of the ecological niche we had evolved into. to being true humans. Well. We were (??? 1:16:55) dwelling pr imates. hominids. the mating habits of the gr oundhog and the migration of the monarch butterfly. double stomached animals whose manure is the idea l medium for mushrooms. In other words. Many hundreds of higher animal forms had come and gone. Lumholtz. the great emba rassment to evolutionary theory. In the amazon. many of wh om produce psilocybin. and to leave the trees and explore the new env ironment of the grassland. dung-loving mushrooms. it's like a technological improvemen t on your vision. The taste is pleasant and psilocybin has unique characteristics. those that avail themselves of that foo d will have greater success in obtaining food and rearing their children to sexu al maturity. the animals eating the psilocybin are more sexually active. they went from being higher primates. generally. these psilocybin mushrooms. for protein that would lead them to investigate the cow pies. We can. In other words. and I'll give it to you very briefly. This is what you have after a double cappucino in highly sexed a nimals like primates you get male erection. after a couple of days of fog and rain. you can't miss it. ther . So you know. described the evolution of the human neocor tex as the most dramatic transformation of a major organ of a higher animal in t he entire fossil record. We began to ex periment with a new kind of diet. I myself in Kenia. and in psychedelic chemistry in particular. Our flexibility. who was a pre tty straight evolutionary biologist.me. and I'll run through this qu ickly for you. can you say tautology? That's the problem right there. why is this an embarassment? Because it's the organ that thought up the th eory of evolution. we were flexible enough. but here it is: In very low doses. What the hell happened? What was the factor? The earth was already old. as truly human as you and I tonight. In other words. our maddening flexibility. Stropharia Cubensi s can be the size of dinner plates. You don't have t o be a rocket scientist to figure out if an animal is a carnivorous forager and theres a food which improves its vision. it's simpl y this: The great embarassment for evolutionary theory which can explain the ton gue of the hummingbird. Step two: Slightly larger doses of psilocybin in primates create what's called arousal. is the human neocortex. evolutionary dead end. the structure of the orchid. Basicly. you can't miss it if you're a foraging primate. Chemical binoculars lying there in the grass. it increases visual acuity. So what happened? I think that the answer lies in diet. Well. this is the ke y to humanness at every stage of its development.
the worker of metals. the technologist. that syntax controls spatial behaviors and body languages and is not necessari ly stricted to the production of vocal speech. It's got nothing to do with prima te evolution and the long march of the hominid and all that malarchy. and that's the adventure that we're in the act of undertak ing. their sexual drive was increased. and it's in that dimension. say. and one of the am azing things about psilocybin above. That's why. better survivors. . outside of history. Thank you very very much. having split the atom. We ate our way to higher consciousness. to me it begins and ends with th ese psychedelic substances. hence they outbred the more reluctant members of the tribe to get loaded. we're now back where we started. cultural change. it created a kind neuroleptic s eizure which led to downloading of these syntactically controlled vocalizations which became the raw material for the evolution of language and it's amazing to me that the straight people.spontaneous burts of language-like behavior under the obv ious control of internal syntax. and before spoken language. St ep three: You eat still more mushrooms. there was migrations. things were very touchy-feely. and finally. That means it's as basic to human beings as the bicycle pump. that you create true humannes s and true community. Like the shaman who makes the journey into the well of darkness and returns with the pearl (? 1:24:04) of immortality.efore more pregnancies are occurring. the academics believe language is no more than 35. a use to which syntax can be put that previously had not been p ut. is i t causes glossolalia . among those in the population who u sed it. the demon artificer. five or six grams dried material. Instead you're nailed to the ground in hallucinogenit ecstasy. you don't dwell in the well of darkness w hich was human history. No . the conjurer of spirits. having sequenced our genom. So there it is in a nutshell. You capture the essence of the thing.000 years ago. Step two toward higher consciousness.0 00 years old. having taken the temperature of Beetlegeuse and all the rest of it. the refore there's a process which would tend to automatically outbreed the non-psil ocybin using members of the population. and you carry that power back out of histor y. Now you're not foraging with sharpened ( ??? 1:20:53) nor are you horsing around with your opposed gender acquaintances. and I should say this and then end. and the wink and the nod carried you a great distance and gestural communication was very high. therefore more infants are being born. It's something somebody invented 35.it's just an ability. I believe syntax existed before spoken language . which is the godli ke power of the shaman's myth. And technology developed and developed and mushrooms were in (??? 1:23 :40) against faded (? 1:23:42). The synergy of the psilocybin in the hominid died br ought us out of the animal mind and into the world of articulated speech and ima gination. The mushro om made us better hunters. but now.
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