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    Maybe this should go in the psychedelics thread, but a review of Alien Information Theory: Psychedelic Drug Technologies and the Cosmic Game by Andrew R Gallimore appeared in my timeline. The book explores the mechanism and endpoint of dematerialisation.

    http://psypressuk.com/2019/06/13/ali...ory-gallimore/

    Here is the Gallimorean cosmology in a paragraph: At the fundamental base level of reality lies pure Information, the Code that processes that information, and the Other: an alien hyperintelligence that created the Code.

    The Code generates the physical three-dimensional reality that we humans perceive, which is called the Grid—which is actually a cross section of the HyperGrid: an overarching reality of more than three spatial dimensions (Hyperspace).

    Physical brains, like all physical objects, emerge from the Code, and consciousnesses emerge from brains. By the intake of the common and potent psychedelic chemical dimethyltryptamine (DMT), our brains are transformed so as to be able to allow access to hyperspatial realities and the beings that reside therein (as foetuses we also had such access).

    The meaning of life is to discover all of this so as to be able to play the Cosmic Game: ‘to realise the nature of our imprisonment in the Grid and to find our way out’ (p. 202). To win the Game, one’s consciousness must become permanently transcribed to the HyperGrid so that one becomes a hyperdimensional entity oneself, welcoming newbie players popping temporarily into the hyperdimensional realm. In other words, the meaning of life is to die and pass over into a hyperreality becoming an alien, angel, devil, elf, pixie or the like.

    Reviewer does not agree with much of this - particularly how this cosmology reduces everything to information, which is essentially definitions, which are not necessarily noumenal. The map is not the territory, etc. But the model of code-grid-hypergrid-other is well expressed.

    A good read though, both the review and presumably the book.
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    One of my mates and his gf at the time got stuck in a giant grid on a trip. They rang me in a state of panic and were babbling about this labyrinth-like grid that seemed to stretch on for miles and miles and which they couldn't find their way out of. Apparently what they eventually realised was they were walking across a playing field, the full moon was up and the light coming through the chain link fence of a tennis court cast a huge shadow of a grid across the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadmanbarty View Post
    Which music sounds like twitter? Vine?

    Rapid fire small fragments of disparate information. cognitive strobe lighting. Footwork, ad-lib centric rap, skrillex, the resurgence of todd edwards’ cut up technique in edm and pop music


    Which music sounds like the blue-white light of a computer screen glowing in a dark bedroom?



    Is apathy a trait of the digital age? If so what music sounds like apathy?

    uk drill, pbrnb, large swathes of 2010’s rap have been dominated by ambience and apathy


    Which music is devoid of texture? No grit? No friction?


    there’s not much in the way of texture in the digital age. no grit. smooth swiping of the phone screen.


    Music which blurs the line between human and machine?

    alkaline...

    Music in which human’s mimic machines?

    chris dave…


    What phenomna is unique to, or amplified by, the digital age? Which music reflects those specific things?
    I'm reading this thread from the beginning. Just thought I'd throw in, having read this bit...

    I got to the end and then rolled my fingers over the underlined bits, wondering if they might be hyperlinks.

    This reminded me of something ive been doing at work last week. I had to update some sections of a notice on a website. The correction that had been sent to me featured an underlined word, where the underline had been used for emphasis. So slightly different to here, where they've been used for headings.

    I'm very new to HTML and CSS, all that stuff, but I assumed I would be able to use the tag for underlining. But I thought I better check and in html5, you can't do that. It works, but you're not supposed to do it. You can only use underlining in that way if you are pointing out a spelling mistake or when writing certain Chinese words that have underlines as part of them.

    So you are advised to use a different tag for emphasis, eg bolding, which is what I went with. Just thought it was interesting. Like, because of hyperlinks, something fairly stable for a while in the world of text/writing, has now changed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    Technology promises a dream and delivers a nightmare. McLuhan had it right when he said "... when the full consequences of each new technology have been manifested in new psychic and social forms, then the anti-Utopias appear".

    Lovecraft's thing about the terror of scientific progress feels quite apt too:

    "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. “
    Has anyone read the simon sellars book 'applied ballardianism'? Similar idea in that, i think he credits it to virilio, who i've not read, but it's the idea that when you invent the car, you also invent the car-crash and so on.

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    I k ow a couple of people who tried and they both said its so amateurish, half arsed, badly written that they barely got halfway

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    nah, it's really good, i really enjoyed it. i mean, i dunno about it being amateurish or anything, i don't know if i can tell that. i thought it was pretty well written, in that i liked reading it. i've now got to blissbloggers post in the thread where he says exactly the same thing about car and car crash (without the reference to the sellars book)!!

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    Fair enough. I've only heard bad things about it. I'd give it a chance if it fell into my hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    i had a period of finding almost all music too painful. only lasted a few months but i think back on it now and then. i know ive mentioned it before. could only listen to those 2 late talk talk albums pretty much. everything else felt so intrusive and overbearing.
    i've had a similar thing to this for a while, of literally not enjoying listening to music much, when it's something i've done all my life. i still listen to stuff, and go out and listen to music, but somethingh is not quite the same. and i can't listen to old stuff that i used to really like either. it's weird. i hoped it would pass but it's definitely been a few months, on and off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    Fair enough. I've only heard bad things about it. I'd give it a chance if it fell into my hands
    i do have it as an epub so can send it you, but you'll have to read it on your phone...

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    Ah yeah, might be worth it? Could read enough to decide if it's worth buying st least

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    ok sent it as a PM

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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    I'd never actually seen the sleeve art for Clear until now, but this is it. This is dematerialisation. It's fucking perfect. All the things I've been waffling on about for weeks re: falling through the mirror and fragmenting on the other side, smartphones etc.

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    just flicked through this book, unable to see what it's about really https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/being-material very heavy in weight. doing that awful thing where there is a companion website etc, different views if you've got a smartphone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yyaldrin View Post
    saw one of these shows in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago, was really trippy, felt like the obsolescence of fireworks but also totally sterile and digital, no unnecessary noise , everything in its place, if you saw it another day it would be exactly the same.

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