>MKULTRA but woke
You say that like it's a bad thing. Why shouldn't we make it work for us?
>self-experiment and let people naturally crowdsource figuring out how to achieve medical transhumanism
I agree, I just don't see why we have to wait for psychedelics to be legal to do any of that. In fact I'd venture to say that illegality is a means for porky to keep a powerful tool out of the hands of ordinary people - after all, they know exactly how efficacious targeted psychedelic interventions can be.
I absolutely agree. And how could it be any different? Psychedelic culture has been marinating in CIA influence for 60 years now. In an environment like that, only the worst actors could thrive. If we were to pursue psychedelic interventions, it would have to be on our own terms. The broader 'psychedelic culture' has nothing to offer but mystical fascist mumbo-jumbo.
So how do we actually achieve any of this?
Though I must note that I'm a simple physicist and not a neuropharmacologist, I believe I have a rough idea of the procedure. Allow me to explain.
It all starts with the Default Mode Network (DMN). You've heard the quote "neurons that fire together - wire together", that is, commonly-fired synaptic pathways build up a myelin sheath in order to route signals more quickly and effectively. The DMN can be thought of as the sum of these wirings - all of the most common thoughts, associations, connections, and experiences the brain has over the course of its development from near-randomly wired infant to functioning adult. This DMN covers practically the entire range of a person's being - from the wiring of your optic nerve to your visual cortex, through your accent, all the way up to your 'normal' thoughts, opinions, biases, reactions, and personality.
Psychedelics, for reasons not well understood, act to suppress the DMN. When the DMN is suppressed, alternative synaptic pathways gain relative weight. Synesthesia is a prime example of this phenomenon - when sober, sending optic nerve signals to the visual cortex is overwhelmingly favored, but with psychedelics, seeing what the auditory cortex has to say about it appears to be an equally viable option for the brain. Hence, hearing colors.
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