Music for Meditation or Mentalism

When a DJ plays an electronic music set, he has a special goal: to bring the audience, indeed the whole venue, into the umbrella of his music. When he is doing his job especially well, the boundary between him and his audience and the music itself begins to blur – if he is a good DJ, he can sense the engagement of the crowd, how well he is drawing them into his musical dimension, whether they are enthralled. The signal he gets from the crowd ought to mediate his performance, elsewise he risks breaking the ‘spell’.

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How to Feed your Thinktank [‘psych’ out your user interface]

The ultimate degree of power would be the ability to aggregate the human consciousness collective and determine the actions of its will. To meddle in mind control is the most nefarious of the dark arts, for it plays with destiny and incurs the spite of fortune. To modernize Machiavelli, let us start with the architecture of a website, since so many of us tend to spend our time online these days.

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On the Nature of Delusions

If psychology’s own framework of understanding is contradicting the observable evidence and simultaneously failing to explain the phenomena it seeks to treat, clearly we have a very big problem as a culture differentiating what is real from what is not

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Why did the American Dentist Kill Cecil the Lion? & other cryptognotic asse[t]s

A couple of years ago, an anonymous personage asked whether I accepted that the world stage and the news media are totally fictional chimeras orchestrated by ‘The Powers That Be’. I said that mass orchestration was too complex to be real, that executing such a scheme was impossible. “You are so naïve,” replied the anonymous user, entertained, unperturbed; “not only is mass orchestration real, but the evidence is right in front of you…even as we speak”.

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Asclepias Viridis: an Etymology of Optimism

It starts out on a grand adventure searching for the perfect piece to complete itself, while singing and enjoying the scenery. But after the circle finally finds the exact-sized wedge that fits it, it begins to realize that it can no longer do the things it used to enjoy doing, like singing or rolling slowly enough to enjoy the company of a worm or butterfly. It decides that it was happier when searching for the missing piece than actually having it. So it gently puts the piece down, and continues searching happily.

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