Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it “reality.” Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.

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Link: Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth

Erasing the Self, Living in a Dream, and Creating New Power Relationships with VR

“The line between what it means to be dreaming and what it means to be awake is going to become very interesting,” says Jordan Greenhall, CEO of Neurohacker. Virtual reality is perhaps the easiest way to conceive of that concept right now, but it’s just one piece in a much larger body of accelerated technology on the horizon. Our sense of reality, how our self fits into our perception of the world, can be easily shaken through sensory input manipulation—and in very low-tech and low-quality ways. So image what a sophisticated approach will bring. VR and its relatives will be able to hack our mind in ways we will be helpless to resist—dream up an object and one day it might be 3D printed in quasi-real-time, straight from your imagination. Of course, there are enormous ethical implications. If we think social media encroaches on our lives now, we are not prepared for a future in which dreaming and waking look eerily similar. How will it change election campaigns, personal relationships, will you responsible for your own addictions and behaviors in this future? How will we establish the first rules of consent—hopefully not the hard way. VR will disrupt our very deepest construct: how we see and react to reality. If we are thoughtful about design and ethics, Greenhall hopes this radically upgrade our potential, rather than downgrade how we relate to one another.

Link: Erasing the Self, Living in a Dream, and Creating New Power Relationships with VR | Jordan Greenhall

Search for meaning

Conference in Toronto with students for search for meaning.

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Zijn boodschap in het heel kort. Geloof in de mens en zijn drijfveren, passies en dromen. Zie niet het slechte in de persoon maar ga voor het grote goed en de persoon krijgt te kans te worden wat hij/zij in potentie in zich/haar heeft.

The High Price of Materialism

Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being. When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that “the good life” is “the goods life,” they not only use up Earth’s limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined toward helping others. The animation both lays out the problems of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life.

Written by: Tim Kasser
Produced by: RMD2
Illustrated by: Anthony Maughan

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Stilletjes kajakken

Vandaag was een heerlijke stille ochtend dus heb me veel laten afdrijven, genietend van de (water)vogels, het groen en het spiegelende water. Wat is dat toch fijn om geruisloos door het water te glijden. Het water is een oase binnen de drukke stad.