[ExI] The Old Dope Peddler

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 07:00:56 UTC 2010

On 24 June 2010 16:40, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> On 6/24/2010 1:29 AM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
>>> >  I think that learning to solve your own issues is important in many
>>> >  cases. Instantly "solving" people's problems could be very counter
>>> >  productive in the long term as without some kind of internal struggle,
>>> >  would people ever develop a very complex or solid identity?
>> But if you instantly "learn to solve your own issues" by having the
>> knowledge implanted into your brain - i.e. by having exactly the same
>> brain changes as would occur doing it the slow way, but as a result of
>> direct brain manipulation - your future psychological trajectory would
>> be exactly the same.
> By Sabrina's hypothesis, having the knowledge "implanted" would only be
> equivalent if it was bundled with fake memories of adversity and insight
> gained via determination. Are you assuming that fakery will be built in, or
> denying the premise?

The fakery could be built in, or it could perhaps be done without the
fakery. It may be possible to create the same level of aversion to
putting your hand in a fire without actually doing it or implanting a
false memory of doing it.

Stathis Papaioannou

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