Re: Hacking your own motivational and emotional systems, how dangerous?

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Sat Oct 27 2007 - 07:39:08 MDT

On 27/10/2007, Dagon Gmail <> wrote:

> The biggest traps i see would be
> - alienation (becoming so strange that interaction with default society
> would be difficult,
> annoying, undesirable, etc.)

You could simply un-alienate your mind so that interaction with the
unaltered masses is enormously pleasurable, if that is what you want.

> - wirehead (making a change that creates a feedback loop destroying the
> motivational
> system, trapping the subject in an inescapable pleasure feedback loop)

You could arrange it so that you aren't tempted to do this
deliberately, or so that a reset subroutine kicks in if you do it

There is a fundamental difference between drug addiction and having
complete access to the source code of your mind. With addiction,
people do get caught in a loop that they can't get out of. But if the
addict could simply turn off the addiction at will, as almost all
addicts wish they could at some point, or rewire their brain so that
they get at least as much pleasure from going to work and doing their
laundry as they get from the drug, there wouldn't be a problem.

Stathis Papaioannou

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