Jason Silva on Our Emerging Future of Altered States

Jason Silva on Our Emerging #Future of Altered States
Nirvana will be packaged and sold
Human beings are into altered states of consciousness… We are willing to spend money to perceive the world in a different way. Whether it’s our fierce appetite for mind-altering drugs, or virtual reality, technologies like cinema, or even going into a casino or hiring a prostitute; human beings will spend to feel different to go into an altered state.

Today we’re seeing a renaissance in the psychotherapeutic uses of psychedelic substances like MDMA or psilocybin mushrooms. Where human beings are now saying that, within the realm of altered states, might be a solution to our existential ills. That we might finally bridge a tunnel between ourselves and the infinite.

So, it is in the end through altered states, that we may even find our salvation. And I think this is really interesting. You know, I love to go to the movies. I love to go into a liminal trance when I lose myself in an alternate reality. I like to dream while I’m awake. I like the dream at night too, but if we can treat our normal waking lives as something that is as unbounded as our dreams, that is as unbounded as cinema, perhaps therein lies the future of human consciousness.

When technology can be sourced to take care of all of our ills and to handle our menial tasks might we free human imagination into a waking dream state? A lucid dream in which we live? Might we all fall into the rabbit hole? Might we all inhabit wonderland? Might we all get a pass to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory? It’s Never Ending Story, folks, and this is where we’re going to live.

Virtual reality technologies that are emerging now are indicative. We’re going to be living in a world rendered at the speed of thought. Condensations of human imagination. The universes built out of life and mind and intentionality… The Garden of Eden for sale - real soon.
— Jason Silva

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The above post was lovingly crafted by Josiah Hultgren. Josiah Hultgren is Founder/CEO of MindFullyAlive, a Senior Lecturer at California Lutheran University, a NeuroCoach, and a practical neuroscience expert. He produces and curates mindfulness content designed to improve structure and functioning of the brain. His mission is to help create a more vibrant world and apply neuroscience in ways that help people reach their highest potential.

Researchers Found a Way to Literally Merge Tech with the Brain

Researchers Found a Way to Merge Tech with the #Brain

Brain-computer interfaces are getting taken to the next level.

A group of experts just published a paper in Nature Nanotechnology on their development of a "neural lace." This ultra-fine mesh merges into the brain to create a seamless brain-computer interface.

Why would you want that?
Well, for many potential reasons.

The technology could be used for monitoring brain activity, delivering treatments, connecting to the internet of things, and enhancing brain capabilities.

Sounds powerful. But what about installation?

It sounds crazy, but the device can be injected with a needle.
Plus, the mesh grows with your brain as it changes over time.
They've already tested it on mice - and the mouse brain cells grew around it.

The researchers hope to test it on humans as soon as possible - realistically, that’s not anytime soon. When they do, it could mark the beginning of a new epoch for humankind.

It could mark the beginning of a new epoch for humankind


"Seamless and minimally invasive three-dimensional interpenetration of electronics within artificial or natural structures could allow for continuous monitoring and manipulation of their properties. Flexible electronics provide a means for conforming electronics to non-planar surfaces, yet targeted delivery of flexible electronics to internal regions remains difficult. Here, we overcome this challenge by demonstrating the syringe injection (and subsequent unfolding) of sub-micrometre-thick, centimetre-scale macroporous mesh electronics through needles with a diameter as small as 100 μm. Our results show that electronic components can be injected into man-made and biological cavities, as well as dense gels and tissue, with >90% device yield. We demonstrate several applications of syringe-injectable electronics as a general approach for interpenetrating flexible electronics with three-dimensional structures, including (1) monitoring internal mechanical strains in polymer cavities, (2) tight integration and low chronic immunoreactivity with several distinct regions of the brain, and (3) in vivo multiplexed neural recording. Moreover, syringe injection enables the delivery of flexible electronics through a rigid shell, the delivery of large-volume flexible electronics that can fill internal cavities, and co-injection of electronics with other materials into host structures, opening up unique applications for flexible electronics."