Radio Misterioso Reading List

Since I’m terrible at self-promotion and staying on topic, there were several times during my appearance on Radio Misterioso that we discussed some of my writings here without really summarizing what they actually said or saying where you can read them. If you’re curious, here they are. If this sort of thing turns your gears, then you will probably also enjoy browsing the full set of epiphanies.

Magick for Materialists

We talked a lot about how the brain percieves everything in terms of patterrns. Most of that discussion came from these essays, particularly this one.

The Cosmic Joke

This is the story of the hot air balloons. The BBC (No Relation) constructed hot air balloons from dry cleaning bags and released them over a city, with rather enlightening results.

The MIT Guide to Lockpicking

You can achieve enlightenment through the meditative practice of lockpicking.

Rebirth

I briefly talked about my salvia experience. Here is the story I wrote about it.

Modern Mind Control

ObeyWe are the most propagandized people in the known history of the world. While the techniques and mechanisms are the same now as they have always been, modern communications and data mining systems have made it more effective than ever.

When people hear advertising techniques described as “mind control,” they often think that’s overly sensationalistic. That’s because they don’t know what mind control really is. It’s persuasion, not mind control, they say; mind control involves torture, drugs, weird flashing lights, and that sort of thing. Those techniques are used, of course, but those sorts of things are just a tiny slice of the mind control pie. The most common techniques are being used against you every day. And, whether you are aware of it or not, you are very easily programmable.

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I Have Ants In My Pants

Not this ant.

Not this ant.

Well, I did, but I don’t now. I killed those fuckers. I realize that my pants contain glories that can transport one to heights of pleasure or to the depths of despair, but I won’t even give that much to ants. They get death.

I don’t know where they’re coming from. I don’t know why they’re coming. I don’t know what their intentions are. OK, I do know that last bit. Their intentions are the complete destruction of the human race through a clever combination of annoyance attacks, reproductive ability, and extreme patience.

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Atheist Morality

moralityI’ve long been amused by the belief of many religious people that you cannot be moral without believing in god. They buy Dostoyevsky’s load of crap that “without God all is permitted.” Atheists, apparently, have supernatural powers allowing them to ignore laws of physics, economics, social behavior, or natural consequences of any sort. Wait… am I alone in thinking that sounds downright awesome?

If only it were true. Morality can only come from free will. People who behave themselves because they fear punishment if they don’t aren’t acting morally at all. They’re acting selfishly, out of a sense of self-preservation. If you need some big guy in the sky to threaten you with eternity in Hell or whatever in order for you to play nice, then no amount of playing nice will make you an ethical person. Quite the opposite. You will likely remain immoral and fundamentally corrupted for the rest of your days. A prison does not turn criminals into saints.

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Technodeterministic Utopian Chaoticians

chicken eggAnne Galloway made me think:

[…] these attitudes still suggest that wireless technologies were considered inevitable in the sense that someone was going to create them and push them out into the world. Interestingly, no one I spoke with considered herself or himself to be that someone. Nonetheless, almost everyone described their work as something they felt compelled to do so that these technologies were rolled out in the best (according to them) ways possible.

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