Everyone's hacking their brains. Is anybody happy?
- Mind-hacking is misunderstood, in some cases pretty serious, and it leads to levitating chairs. Updated Jan 6, 2017 ago
- In case you've been thinking of dabbling in "nootropics," Josh Dean already did the hard work (and it doesn't sound all that great).
- Ayelet Waldman isn't the first person to attempt to mainstream micro-dosing.
Mind-hacking is happening, misunderstood, in some cases pretty serious, and it leads to levitating chairs
Mind-hacking: everyone's doing it. Of course, being Americans, it's not enough for us to just do drugs for pleasure or escape—we want to be more productive, more efficient, better workers. More American.
Silicon Valley's overstuffed with gadgets to "upgrade" your mind, and the coders behind the products are stuffed themselves with modafinil, or tiny hits of LSD, or short sessions with their hypnosis apps. Maybe it's magic. Or maybe it's all Palo Alto New Age wackadoo.
Nellie Bowles's "An Evening With the Consciousness Hackers," from 2015, is probably the most fun introduction, if only because it digs into "telekinesis," courtesy of the co-founder of InteraXon, makers of the Muse meditative headband.
“You can make your phone vibrate from a distance. We’ve made thought-control toasters,” she said. “There’s a thought-control beer tap in our office. I have a levitating chair, and you close your eyes and relax and it goes back down.”
- This is what quantum physics looks like in real time. Updated 3d ago
- Researchers used ancient starlight in an experiment and still found quantum entanglement.
- Tangled up in q? Why our certainty around entanglement recently increased by a factor of "ten million billion."
- While Brazil's corruption scandal engulfs Latin America, Olympics stadiums get vandalized. Updated 4d ago
- The death of a Korean businessman slowed Duterte's killing spree.
- Trump is still embarrassingly connected to his businesses. Here's an overview of his most environmentally hazardous properties.
- Engineers and environmentalists saw issues coming for Oroville. Now a "nightmare scenario" is in play. Updated 5d ago
- Wild footage from a California Highway Patrol plane.
- As climate change progresses, expect many more Oroville Dam disasters.
- The conflict in Yemen won't be fixed easily, and Trump's botched military raid certainly didn't help matters. Updated 6d ago
- Chemical agents and disinformation were integral to Assad's retaking of Aleppo.
- America's longest-running war, full of nuance, demands patience to grasp. Huh.