Deep Debugging with techniques from Psychedelic First Aid

People who dive deeply into exploring their minds and self-modification tend to end up in unusual and sometimes difficult states (even while entirely sober). Since learning the basics of psychedelic first aid, I have felt much more capable of creating positive space and helping people, especially in situations where strong emotions or deep psychological tangles… Continue reading Deep Debugging with techniques from Psychedelic First Aid

It is virtuous to disagree with prediction markets

(Edited from a fb thread) Prediction markets spectacularly failed to predict the US election. I called prediction markets being unreliable until they’ve been around for longer a while ago (I think somewhere on Paul‘s wall, with some replies by EY, if anyone wants to try digging it up). After they failed to predict brexit badly,… Continue reading It is virtuous to disagree with prediction markets

Pervasive Personal Surveillance Impacts?

[epistemic status: assorted thoughts on something I’ve not heard discussed, nothing high confidence] In the moderately near future we may be able to save all notable audio at very low cost (likely freemium) from our mobile phones, due to the ability to automatically filter/save only parts where voices are detected using machine learning techniques plus lower data transmission and storage costs (storage has had… Continue reading Pervasive Personal Surveillance Impacts?

Are LENRs stuck in a status trap?

Low Energy Nuclear Reactions have been, for a long time, the archetypal crackpot technology. Huge promises. Failed replication attempts. Dismissal by the academic community. Accusations of handwavey pseudoscience. Advocates generally having low status. Associations with conspiracy theorists. Anyone associated with it or even expressing anything less than absolute certainty that it’s an unscientific non-starter is risking not just a reputation… Continue reading Are LENRs stuck in a status trap?