Podcast 163 – “Reality Syndromes & Cyberpunk Symptoms”


Guest speaker: Wrye Sententia


[NOTE: All quotations below are by Wrye Sententia.]

Wrye Sententia“How can we have confidence in what we think we know, in our particular version of reality, in our particular take on the world? … What is real and what is false, and does it really matter if there is a difference.”

“Mind is built on consciousness. It’s an accumulation of life-experience over time. … Consciousness, for me, is sort of a snapshot in the photo album of the mind.”

“Cyberpunk, I think, is about altered states of body and altered states of mind.”

“And the reason I mention the decade of the drug wars [in connection with cyberpunk fiction] is because there are a lot of overlays between altering your mind through drugs and altering your mind through technologies, hard technologies.”

“Now we can’t protect ourselves from misconceptions. But I think we can keep from evolving them, maybe by taking the doctrine of signs and saying, instead of finding the purpose find the consequence.”

” ‘Augmented reality’ supplements the physical world, the external world, with additional information.”

“If we put filters on cameras to enhance the picture, what kinds of filters can we put on our minds to enhance our day-to-day walk?”

“If cognitive liberty is the right of each individual to think independently, or autonomously, and to engage in the full spectrum of thought, and to have access to multiple modes of consciousness, if that’s what cognitive liberty is, it’s something that is a political goal.”

“The cultural machinery never rests.”


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  1. Comments from original blog page: http://www.matrixmasters.net/blogs/?p=885

    Crazy coincidence

    My dad emailed me this while I was listening to this podcast…

    body Swap illusion using VR http://enews.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20081
    “This goes beyond other recent studies, where you’ve taken ownership of rubber hands and rubber legs,” said Spence, who was not involved with the study.

    His only concern was whether there might be any lasting effect on participants.

    “The questions is what happens if you did it much longer? If you were in there for days and weeks. Would it be like something out of Total Recall?” Spence said, referring to the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger science fiction movie about a virtual vacation that turns into a nightmare.

    I feel a bit wry after this story of augmeted reality. Maybe this has to do with my internal meaning of augmented reality and what Wrye’s meaning is. Does walking down the street listening to a song count as augmented reality? What about using a light and sound machine to force my nervous system into a specific resonance frequency? Does getting a pacemaker count as augmenting reality, because the reality without one could leave some people with heart problems dead. Are all these people carrying around iphones cycberpunks?

    All technology seems to be extension of human mind.


    Maybe all iPhone carriers are not cyberpunks, if anyone yet can be?

    I do some times get kind of cyberish feeling, when watching The Simpsons on cigar break, downloading with SymTorrent (Strait to my nokia n95 100/kb/s) some movie from the wlan of a local bar, which we will watch later with friends, once I’ve plugged my phone in to somebody’s TV or plugging in my MicroSD USB stick with all the portable tools of trade to someones computer.

    It’s like electronic ( <- read: mind [see: first sentence] ) penetration for giving birth to something real and novel. Real and novel like cyberpunk is, for now.

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