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As children we live in the ever-present, and the pursuit of happiness has only one time context. It’s driven by the pursuit of present-pleasure, and it’s a good barometer for happiness across time before we become past/future aware.

There are no doubts, there are no regrets. Bad experiences are forgotten, good experiences are enjoyed. How we experience an event is constant across time because we don’t look back… yet. Life is good… for now.

Unfortunately for those of us who aren’t children, it’s not that simple. …


“A 22-year-old man has been instantaneously transported to his family’s pizzeria and his local railway station by having his brain zapped.”

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Not What It Seems

The article intro on New Scientist’s website¹ could have been taken from the back of a sci-fi novel. It didn’t seem like a compatible title for a respected science publication, but then again truth is often stranger than fiction. This wasn’t a next generation virtual reality (VR) demo, or a trip on psilocybin. This was real.

“A 22-year-old man has been instantaneously transported to his family’s pizzeria and his local railway station by having his brain zapped.”

Pierre Mégevand and his colleagues at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York, wanted to pinpoint the area in the brain which processes locations and places. They scanned the brain of a volunteer while showing images of various objects and scenes, then recorded the corresponding areas of the brain that lit up. They had found their itch, now it was time to scratch. The researchers stimulated the area, and that’s when a complex visual hallucination transported the volunteer back to work at the pizzeria. Stimulation of a nearby area summoned the hallucination of a staircase and a blue closet in his home. Repeated stimulation of the same areas brought about the same hallucinations. …


People are afraid, and they have a right to be. Here is just one comment that echoes the consensus of many workers today:

“In the 19th century you could easily upgrade your skills to get another job. Now there are few low hanging fruits, since the robots will obsolete more and more jobs. How many 50 year olds can or will start at college to do a PhD ? It’s potential [sic] catastrophic with exponential growth in robotics. Maybe someone with more insight can comment on where the new jobs will be?”

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Those in a position and with the resources to influence economic policy are in hot debate behind doors, trying to piece together an evolved form of capitalism which works with technology, rather than denying its impact in a maladaptive clutching of the past. …


My 17-month side-hustle journey from code-dummy to building a product

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Building a plugin for Adobe After Effects was never something I seriously considered. My yardstick was Andrew Kramer’s amazing Element plugin, which is wildly complex and (as far as I know) has a team of people far smarter than me working on it.

But as I tinkered myself towards the edge of the coding cliff, I learned that this was really just an outlier in a sea of relatively simple but useful third-party apps.

On what must have been a slow day, I finally took action and looked into Adobe development some more. …

About

David Hawkins

Distracted designer. Thoughts on #Psychology, #Economics, #Philosophy. Author on https://medium.com/@papacuppa. Video maker on https://youtube.com/c/PapaCuppa

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