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The human brain CAN be hacked

The human brain CAN be hacked
If I can hack your brain, and cultural evolution has repeatedly hacked your brain, then it’s almost surely being hacked in loads of ways we don’t yet appreciate.
Covid hacked the sh** out of it.

Earlier in my career, as a Sloan-Swartz Fellow at Caltech, I initiated the first attempts to exploit the power of the human visual system for arbitrary computation. In a sense, the idea is, Can we hijack your brain and coax it to do computations of our bidding? (The publication.) You can read about it in this new article about it at Esoteric Codes by Daniel Temkin:
Escher Circuits: Using Vision to Perform Computation
AND and OR gates use partial transparency cues
AND and OR gates use partial transparency cues
And this is just one of many ways human brains get hacked. I have a variety of research directions concerning this – the fact that we can read, and have language at all, is because of hacks. Cultural evolution shaped letters to look like nature, and words to sound like (solid-object) events, thereby hacking (or harnessing) our existing visual and auditory recognition mechanisms for language. (Learn more in my books Vision Revolution, Harnessed, and Human 3.0.)
And I would argue that the fear-of-infection stimuli that occurred in March of 2020 amount to another hack (although not a purposeful hack). The following two Science Moments together explain why.
The death spiral of fear. Moment 61
The death spiral of fear. Moment 61
Why perception of a pandemic is the nuclear bomb of societal destruction. Moment 68
Why perception of a pandemic is the nuclear bomb of societal destruction. Moment 68
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