We have a propensity to overrate ourselves as a species a great deal of the time. I just found this wonderfully demonstrative article on StumbleUpon, (fooled you?) one of my new social media and content resource groups which is loaded with wonderful material, The original url for the page is: StumbleUpon Recommendations For Douglas E Castle. But please don't go there just yet. First read one of the articles which they selected for me, and an ideal one to share with my fellow cerebrotonics and psychonauts here on The Braintenance Blog:
(1) cerebrotonic - Designating a personality type characterized as intellectual, introverted, and emotionally restrained.
(2) psychonaut - An explorer of one's own mind. A psychonaut often embarks on inner voyages with the aid of psychoactive substances, meditation, sensory deprivation, binaural beats, and other means. Most commonly, one who experiments with psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin, LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), peyote, or mescalin. The goal of the psychonaut is to learn about self and reality by transcending normal consciousness. Psychonauts are distinguished from purely recreational users of psychoactive substances in their desire to learn and grow from these experiences.
And now, please read this absolutely horrifying article (it actually takes on a humorous and surreal quality if we distance ourselves and look at it as entertainment -- but the revelation of just who we are and just what we are absolutely capable of sinks in when you contemplate that every one of this experiments took place with real Human subjects, and was designed by real Human experimenters and operators) and develop a greater respect and fear about the inherent potential of our species to destroy itself if due care is not exercised
Sadism frightens me. But disconnection and indifference are the two things which truly chase me down alleyways and corridors in my worst nightmares. In particular, read about Milgram's experiments with people's indifference to the pain which they "inflicted" upon Human test subjects when they were told to do so by an authoritative-looking fellow in a lab coat.
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Douglas E. Castle