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Tue Feb 28 16:18:07 PST 2012
While it's true that Hippies Ruin Everything(tm) I think "hacking consciousness" is indeed a valid endeavour. Despite the touchy-feely, Ren-Faire-juggler tone of the announcement, this is definitely something smart people might be interested in, even if it's not tech-related specifically. Pushing sewing, for example, as the "interaction between art and technology" is arguably disingenuous. While I can't speak to the credentials of the organizers of this event, there are empirical ways to examine mind and the process of thought that can provide deep insight into perception and how our brains work - this isn't just fantastical philosophizing, this stuff is cutting-edge neuroscience. You might find it a helpful analogy to think of the use of drugs in these investigations like staining a slide, or perhaps like exciting a molecule to observe a result. Though Boomer burnouts and their spawn have engaged in "experimentation" along these lines devoid of any scientific merit whatsoever for years, this discredits the line of inquiry no more than we should suggest Noisebridge shouldn't hold a chemistry class 'cause hicks cook meth in their bathtub, or dismantling Spacebridge because rocketry is explosives and some idiot blew off his hands trying to make an M80 once.
> From: will.sargent at gmail.com
> Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:18:10 -0800
> To: daniel at psychedelicsf.org
> CC: adi at hexapodia.org; noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net
> Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-discuss] PsychedelicSF
> The reason I ask is because Noisebridge traditionally has an emphasis
> on hacking, where hacking roughly means "creative activities with an
> interaction between art and technology."
> "Hacking consciousness" not withstanding, this sounds like a
> discussion of the experiences that various different kinds of drugs
> give you and how tribal societies interact with those drugs -- which
> can be educational and worthwhile, but not really along the same lines
> as building your own circuits, learning how to do web development, or
> even learning how to make legal, safe drugs through chemistry.
> Is this something that you think should be hosted at Noisebridge
> specifically? Do you think you might find more interested people at,
> say, the Buddhist Center or Free School?
> On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM, Daniel Jabbour
> <daniel at psychedelicsf.org> wrote:
> > William-
> > We're a relatively new group, just started last December. Right now we've got about 150 folks on our meetup.com group (www.PsychedelicSF.org), and our event at Noisebridge will mark our 5th or so event. I helped organize a similar group in NYC, before I moved, that grew to over 600 members. Hacking one's consciousness is fascinating and at the heart of the human experience. I hope you can make it to our lecture at Noisebridge this Sunday :)
> > Warm regards,
> > Daniel
> > --
> > Daniel Jabbour
> > Organizer, Psychedelic Society of San Francisco
> > http://www.PsychedelicSF.org
> > daniel at psychedelicsf.org
> > On Feb 28, 2012, at 12:01 PM, Andy Isaacson wrote:
> > On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 10:34:50AM -0800, William Sargent wrote:
> > "We work to create safe spaces to foster discussion and community
> > between consciousness seekers: psychologists, artists, philosophers,
> > hippies, makers, scientists . . . I hope you can join us at a future
> > meetup."
> > Is this another troll, or is this actually a real thing?
> > I wondered the same thing, and asked around. The consensus seems to be
> > that the book release party is a real event put on by real, sincere
> > people.
> > -andy
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