Hacking Consciousness

Hacking Consciousness: An Idiot’s Guide

 

For as long as I can remember I’ve been intrigued by the idea of our brain as something of an information processor. Not quite a computer, but not unlike one either, it pulls in parallel streams of energy in the form of sensory input and crunches it in such a way that we are capable of building entire worlds inside of our head. Worlds capable of changing our beliefs, changing our feelings, and even changing our behavior. Not just in our physical actions, but in the placebo effect we can see that it even influences how our body behaves at a much more subtle level!

 

I’ve always wondered how much of our brains’ capabilities were limited to the world we experience and what might be possible if we were allowed to submerge ourselves into a reality of our own design. I’ve played with various thought models over the years, read numerous books, experimented with meditation and other psychonautic substances, and constructed various experiments in my head that I thought might result in untapped insight, but many of these experiments were limited by the availability of technology. Luckily we now find ourselves on the cusp of a whole new era of technology. Virtual Reality is finally coming into its own, Neural Networks are all the rage, our processing power is faster than ever, and it seems like some of those experiments might now finally be possible.

 

The purpose of this little corner of the web is for me to finally sit down and put pen to paper, as it were. To try and organize all those ideas I’ve had floating around in my head while patiently waiting for technology to catch up. Think of this as a living document, a place for me to refine my own internal model of consciousness. A place to be wrong in order to figure out what’s right. An arena of sorts to test out and document 30 years of dreaming in a more manageable and (hopefully) productive manner. An idiot’s guide.

 

Outline:
Peripheral In a Vat
Port Scanning the Black Box
Phase Space
GIGO: From one Logic Gate to Phase Space
GIGO:Sensory Variables
Wire together, Fire together
Sampling Rates
BioFeedback Loops
Neural Nets
ECG, EEG
Memory Palaces
Mnemonics / Association Groups
Body Ownership / Body Transfer Illusion
Areas of the Brain and their Connections as Homoncular Flexbility
Flow States
Bunnies vs Ducks
Sequence Priming, Rhythm, Associations

 

Potential Equipment:
Respiration Tracking Strap
Heart Rate Tracking
Hand Tracking
Body Tracking
Eye Tracking // ElectroOculography
Electroencephalography – Brain Wave Data
Sensory Deprivation Tank

 

Experiments:
Still coming up with fancy names! 😉
 


Resources
 
Links of note
Psychic Powers using Virtual Reality and Brain Computer Interfaces.
Illusion could halve the pain of osteoarthritis, scientists say
Scientists have found a way to make paraplegics move again
The Secrets the Heart Keeps, and other Lessons of Heart Rate Variability with Dr. Richard Gervitz
Building a memory palace in minutes: Equivalent memory performance using virtual versus conventional environments with the Method of Loci

 

Books

 

Images
Dermatome Map
Connections of the Parasympathetic Nervous System
Vagus Nerve