folkert     Tue, Sep 18, 2007  Permanent link
It's fascinating and frighting to desire the machine to have a small inconsistency. It would be like being a totally different person, maybe exceptionally brilliant, maybe absolutely crazy

Very nicely put. You know there are various shortcuts to do that kind of thing. But that is for a different conversation. In any case, it's good to be aware of what you call the pre-existing impressions, or what others sometimes call the map is not the territory.

See also: The Treachery Of Images

HumanApparatus     Wed, Sep 19, 2007  Permanent link
Yes yes...I thought about the shortcuts to get there, and I thought of YOU, tell me why!! hehe Although, I wonder if there is a way to achieve it without—If somehow erasing a small part; something we think as not important at all, could result in a drastic change in our perception.
HumanApparatus     Wed, Sep 19, 2007  Permanent link
Ok..maybe if I keep reading about perception I will finally achieve that "small inconsistency"...agh.
Hey, maybe I have already achieved it, and I don't know : O
folkert     Wed, Sep 19, 2007  Permanent link
Yes I am sure there are many ways of achieving that up to a point. And that can be life-changing enough. What I am talking about—sweeping revelations of the inner workings of the machinery of reality and our small part in it that we call consciousness—simply cannot be achieved by "other means".

But I like your notion of the "small inconsistency". To insert some McKenna: consciousness is like a still pool, when unperturbed, it returns a mirror image of itself. But when it is disturbed (by throwing a rock in it or something), it suddenly reveals all sort of things about itself and it is opened up for the inspection by the individual. And the small inconsistency is a nice start!