James Bridle (TED, 2018)

The nightmare videos of childrens’ YouTube — and what’s wrong with the internet today
James Bridle
TED
Jul 13, 2018

Writer and artist James Bridle … From “surprise egg” reveals and the “Finger Family Song” to algorithmically created mashups of familiar cartoon characters in violent situations … our increasingly data-driven world

Prediction. Opinion might be better.

Artificial Intelligence Shows Why Atheism Is Unpopular
Sigal Samuel
The Atlantic. Jul 23, 2018
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/07/artificial-intelligence-religion-atheism/565076

… We were able to predict this in some cases up to three times more accurately than linear regression analysis

people tend to secularize when four factors are present: existential security (you have enough money and food), personal freedom (you’re free to choose whether to believe or not), pluralism (you have a welcoming attitude to diversity), and education (you’ve got some training in the sciences and humanities)

“It’s like, you go to the doctor, they give an opinion. It’s always an opinion, we never say a doctor’s prediction. Usually, we go with the doctor’s opinion because they’ve seen many cases like this, many humans who come in with the same thing.

It is social engineering.

related:
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/terror-management-theory

GGSC: How to change your mind

Episode 16: How to Change Your Mind
July 12, 2018
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/podcasts/item/change_your_mind

Michael Pollan

15:13
not only do the psychedelics produce this attenuation of default mode network activation but so do
spiritual experiences, so does prayer, …
meditation and mindfulness.

we will discover that powerful experiences of awe down regulate the default mode network.
There’s something called holatropic breath work,it’s a yoga breathing technique that puts you into a trance.
Vision quest, sensory deprivation.
There are many ways to open that door. Drugs are just one. Drugs are a bit of a shortcut.
I think whether we call it mystical experience, or ego dissolution, or come up with yet another term for it.
It is what happens when your ego is not kind of patrolling the borders of consciousness.