[ExI] The Old Dope Peddler

udend05 at aol.com udend05 at aol.com
Thu Jun 24 08:50:51 UTC 2010

This raises an interesting query: what if the heart of my issue is actually about time? Does desirability in fact equal short-term goal? Thank you for suggesting this. More food for thought.

Damian U.

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From: Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com>
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Sent: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 7:29
Subject: Re: [ExI] The Old Dope Peddler

On 24 June 2010 10:01, Sabrina Ballard <sabrina.ballard at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>I want to reiterate here that I am only interested in the potential 
desirability of replacing >talking therapies with some from of advanced 
technology that could wipe away a person's >problems (cognitive, emotional, 
psychological) and make them more effective in terms of >their aspirations and 
their ability to lead successful lives (however they may be defined).
> 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 I do think that in certian cases it could be useful to simply
> "wash it all away".

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.

Stathis Papaioannou

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