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How to hack your unconscious mind

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Assuming it exists. From Mind Matters Today:

Before we spend much time worrying about the  AI apocalypse (evil robot minds destroy us, etc.), we should recall how little we know for sure about what a mind even is. Here’s an example: In a recent edition, a popular science magazine [New Scientist] cheers on the unconscious mind:

Far from being a malign adjunct to the conscious mind, the unconscious is responsible for all sorts of important stuff. It is smart and it is often running the show.

But then, turn to popular thinkmag Nautilus and what do we read?: There Is No Such Thing as Unconscious Thought.

Those who tell us that we can learn to use our unconscious mind and those who tell us that it doesn’t exist both claim to speak for science. But this is no ordinary dispute. An ordinary dispute might be something like What killed the dinosaurs? Imagine instead a dispute between scientists who do and scientists who do not believe that dinosaurs have ever existed.
More.

And some wonder why many people don’t take the Hard Science of Mind seriously.

See also: Claim: Yes, you can upload your brain. Fine print: They might have to kill you first.

Reconciling mind with materialism, twenty-five years on. Nothing has turned out like the Hard Science of mind people hoped.

and

Better medicine through machine learning? The biggest problem today isn’t the sheer mass of data so much as the difficulty of determining what it is worth. The answer lies, unfortunately, in the undone studies and the unreported events. Machine learning will be a much greater help when those problems are addressed.

Also: Study of causes of science skepticism sails right by the most obvious cause

8 Replies to “How to hack your unconscious mind

  1. 1
    Latemarch says:

    How to hack your unconscious mind with this one weird trick.

    That was my first thought when I read the headline.

  2. 2
    News says:

    New Scientist offers a number of weird tricks.

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    Seversky says:

    This reminds me of all the nerds hooting at the scene in Independence Day where Jeff Goldblum uploads a virus from a human laptop into the alien mainframe, give the problems we have getting Windows to talk to iOS or even different generations of itself. Trying to upload or duplicate a human conscious mind to a computer is orders of magnitude more difficult than that.

    As for this idea about hacking into our unconscious mind, it sounds too much like this nonsense about how we only use 10% of our brain, that we’re lugging around all this dormant processing capacity. How do people think this conscious model of the outside world that we all inhabit is created and run? We take it for granted but it must take a massive amount of processing power. The unconscious isn’t sitting around twiddling its thumbs waiting for something to do, that’s for sure.

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    ScuzzaMan says:

    Everyone knows how to hack their own subconscious: just do something the same way every day for 40 days. It’s called habit and it rules most people’s lives. Oddly, because most people refuse to consciously rule their own subconscious minds.

    The real trick is, of course, to hack someone else’s subconscious mind.

    For that you need the media and their Bernays mind tricks …

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    groovamos says:

    Trying to upload or duplicate a human conscious mind to a computer is orders of magnitude more difficult than that.

    Really.

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    Latemarch says:

    Groov@5

    Trying to upload or duplicate a human conscious mind to a computer is orders of magnitude more difficult than that.

    Really.

    Every time I try I get a file humanconscience.dll not found.

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    mike1962 says:

    There Is No Such Thing as Unconscious Thought.

    There most certainly is subconscious processes going on. I am an engineer and a musician/songwriter. Many of my ideas, solutions to problems, and songs simply “pop” into my conscious mind fully formed “out of nowhere.” Sometimes a song will come to me fully formed in a dream. In such instances, “I” certainly didn’t come up the song by consciousness synthetic thinking. Many songwriters have this experience.

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    Seversky says:

    Latemarch @ 6

    Every time I try I get a file humanconscience.dll not found.

    Try uploading it to the cloud. Much more space. And it’s much prettier up there.

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