August 20, 2008

I don't like the digital drugs but the drugs like me

Heathrow carpetingPractical Ethics: Silicon dreams: digital drugs and regulation - I blog about the summer scare about "digital drugs". After all, if binaural beats can do all the wonderful things the believers can say, why can't they alter consciousness in recreational ways? And, as USA Today actually points out, even placebo effect drugs can have untoward effects. Of course, regulating placebo effects will not be possible so people will be interested in controlling the means of achieving them. A rather unworkable proposition.

I remember writing a program sometime around 1982 to flash the screen of my Sinclair ZX81 computer at the theta-rhythm frequency in order to make me smarter. Seems to have worked perfectly :-) The pattern I used looked much like the ugly Heathrow carpet above: maybe staring at it enough will induce some drug-like effect? Hmm, here is an idea for an aspiring woo-monger: make carpets generating the right brainwave entrainment as people walk across them. Remember, you heard of the idea here first!

Posted by Anders3 at August 20, 2008 04:13 PM