Wednesday, October 20, 2010

H+: Thomas, you got into transhumanism at a very young age. What inspired you and why do you think you started thinking about such big issues? And did you have anybody in your physical proximity to talk to?

Thomas McCabe: I've always thought about big issues in general, going back to elementary school. The reason transhumanism and the Singularity caught my attention, back in 2003, was that they struck me as a way to have a very large impact on the world, starting from a relatively small resource base. Technology always works like that — the people and ideas that get in during the initial growth stages of the industry wind up dominating. Harvard is 400 years old, and it's still the #1 ranked university in America (disclaimer: I'm a Yalie). Ford is 100 years old and it's still the #1 American car company. Dell, Microsoft and Compaq still dominate the PC industry, and so forth.

I hated adolescence in general and middle/high school specifically. I do think a nontrivial portion (though certainly not all!) of the reason was that I had all of these interesting ideas about the future of humanity, and no one to talk to. The universe that we jam young people into nowadays is very small.

In my day-to-day life, of course, most people still aren't interested in transhumanism, but I don't really mind. If there are 6,000 students at Yale and 1% of them are interested — that's sixty people. But children don't really have that big pool to draw from. I think that's largely why so many geniuses disliked school and were mostly self-taught, most famously Einstein, and including our own Eliezer

Blooog, and flu recovery.

I've been not posting lately because of midterms. Calc is gonna kill me, and now I've come down with a flu.

I have a book recommendation for you all if you havent read it:
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Its a classic, and its fucking awesome. They say it invented Cyberpunk and its got hot chicks with body mods, matrix, cyberspace, hackers, oh and the main characters addicted to amphetamines. Loved this book, so much. If you haven't read it, read it.

I'm reading this

Which is odd because I'm pretty fucking pessimistic, but the title is intriguing so I picked it up anyway. I'll let you know how it goes.

Oh, and the previous post was referencing my exams, which I ended up barely passing. Poo. And now there are more coming next month. School is a bitch.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Not even sure

Everything has been building up to this.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Aren't you concerned that drugs make your mind and body shitter and make you less likely to afford the likely expensive technologies of the future

Used in moderation at reasonable doses and a responsible method administration, no drugs cause permanent harm to the human body or mind. Except for addiction, which is directly related to route of administration. If you have a strong will, drugs will cause you know harm. I'll make some posts on it later including some more examples.

This doesn't mean I will make the choice to smoke crack. Crack is cocaine in an unreasonable form, at high doses, not pure, and by a risky form of administration with high addiction potential, that I dont think my willpower would be able to overcome.
This does mean that I would do an acetone wash on street cocaine and snort the pure product maybe once every two months no problem, without introducing addiction or tolerance, and have a great time doing it.

Each person will have to make a decision for each drug they do, and include their personality and likely-hood of getting addicting and the drugs addiction potential, what moderate doses are, and responsible routes of administration taking those things into account.

I take amphetamine once a week for College orally at a low dose and I experience no side effects whatsoever. Amphetamine is approved for long term use in high doses daily. Amphetamine is speed, also known as Adderall. There is another drug that is approved for long term use in high doses daily. It goes by the brand name Desoxyn. Desoxyn is generically referred to as 'metamfetamin' which is a respelling of its common chemical name Methamphetamine, which on the street goes by meth, crystal meth, ice and shard.

Yes, Crystal Meth is prescribed to children and adults daily for ADHD and narcolepsy. However, it is taken orally, not smoked, which is a much safer route of administration, and it is taken in reasonable doses around 15mg, which are safe and do not cause neurotoxicity, but can cause tolerance and dependence on the drug.

Drugs that I refuse to do include Alcohol and benzodiazepines. Most people would agree that heroin is "the worst drug ever". In a hospital settings there are opiates that are used that are active in the microgram range a microgram is .001 mg or .000001 grams. These opiates are extremely powerful, and totally safe, yet heroin is "the worst drug ever"? The reasons behind this lie in history and the pharmaceutical industry, but I won't go into that now. Heroin withdrawal makes the person feel sick. Your body tricks you into thinking you are in pain so you will seek a pain killer. Junkies will be sick for up to a week, aching and vomiting and sweating and unable to sleep. That is all that will happen. Meth withdrawal will make you feel utterly drained and tired and want to die like youll never be happy again. Alcohol and benzo withdrawal with strait up fucking kill you, the end.
Ironic how alcohol is the only thing openly legal in most of the world isnt it?

Now it is my choice not to do these drugs because of analyses and decisions I've made coupled with the fact that I prefer uppers. However, there are people who drink often and people who take xanax for anxiety and are perfectly fine and live great lives. Just like there are millions who do amphetamine daily and live great lives.

I prefer to do drugs less often because I dont want the tolerance dependence or the streak of depression that follows those things with most uppers. Like I said I do amphetamine weekly, I do MDMA about 4 times a year, I plan on doing psychedelics about ever other month. I didn't address psycedelics in this blog yet but I will quickly. Mushrooms LSD and Peyote and their derivatives are 100% non-harmful, physically. They can be mentally, if you are in a bad state of mind and not mentally prepared they can cause psychological problems however this is your fault and not the fault of the drug.

Basically, be informed, make a choice, or don't be informed(which is making a choice) but if you make the choice to be ignorant, don't act like your opinion on drugs is valid. Likewise if you make the choice to do drugs, do not be ignorant, or your going to make the rest of us look bad when you overdose or get addicted.

Someone might read this and say that its all bullshit and drugs are bad. I would go as far as to say that, without intentionally insulting those people, that they are weak and afraid. They are afraid of what the drugs could do to them, and they are afraid because they are weak minded. This means that it is likely that the drugs would overpower them. If you are one of these people and you know it, thats fine, you dont have to do drugs, but if you become informed about these things and still come to the same conclusion I respect that. I am by no means saying drugs are for everyone I am just saying that they can be used responsibly without negative consequences.

I consider myself a successful and responsible drug user. I use drugs in moderation at low doses using responsible routes of administration and I only have positive things to say about all of my experiences. My life has been bettered and expanded more than I think it ever could have been without drugs. And I dont mean that in a hippy bullshit way. The things I have learned have practical use at university and in my dealing with other people.

Regarding the question of transhumanism; projected timelines indicate that if you are under 30 years old you will live to be 150 years old with the direction medicine is heading. 5 years ago it was 120. If you make it to 80 they will probly be able to keep you alive to 300, at which point I believe we will be able to become machines. I'm not worried about it, I know transhumanists that smoke cigarettes and are not worried about it. In fact I'm excited to see what kind of designer drugs I can get in 100 years.

Also I only spend about $300 a year on drugs, for reference.

I'm going to go make breakfast now because I just woke up, and I feel like I'm rambling and this blog post is probably pretty badly organized.

tl;dr nope, not worried at all

edit: forgot links

Theres a lot of information out there you just have to look, and also sift through the bullshit. These sites are all pretty strait forward.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I just read this on /stim/

A wise man once said:

1. Clean your room. Do more speed while doing this, since hey, you're being productive.
2. Finish your room. Then decide to clean the bathroom, realizing you should shave your balls when you see your trimmer. End up shaving your entire body.
3. Fuck your girlfriend.
4. Shower, lather excessively and with military precision. Keep total shower and drying duration to under 10 minutes. Wear "comfortable" clothes, then take them off when you get too hot.
5. Phone up friends, and talk at them while blasting music at high volume. They will try to gracefully exit the conversation wondering what the fuck is going on. Do not let them. You have important things to say.
6. Decide to build something awesome, then give up when the comedown hits.

fucking lol'd hard

Monday, September 27, 2010

Just woke up

Feel like shit
same thing every day. I cant wait till I can replace these crappy organs with some shiny metal and smooth silicon.

I did have a pretty cool dream though. I'm in to dream journaling and lucid dreaming, which is pretty cool shit, but beyond the scope of these blog.

Anyway it was about these stealth andriods that looked like people but when stealth was off they looked like IG-88 from star wars. At first it seemed like they wanted to kill me but it turned out they had to tell me something important. And then a "female" andriod, if thats possible, wanted to fuck me. I didnt get to find out how that works because I woke up.

I dont know or care what it means, but I dream journal and check for patterns because it improves dream awareness and lucidity.

I hate waking up at 3 PM, why do we need this bullshit sun and these organic bodies.


Its basically everything pure fucking awesome packed into one comic. Seriously. The main character, Spider Jerusalem is basically a futuristic version of Hunter S. Thompson and the backdrop is one of the best cyberpunk worlds I've ever seen. It basically goes around with Spider fucking hating the shit out of humanity and reporting, reluctantly, on how much he hates it, and theres all kinds of graphic sexual, drug, and ridiculous future related things going on. It has genetically engineered people, "transients" that are halfway between human and something else, cyborgs, werepeople, super cities, corrupt cops, hookers, people that download into a nanobot system body..... I dont really want to write that much because I want to get back to reading it but if you like Hunter S. and you like anything cyberpunk, or if you just like comics, check it out its god damn brilliant.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


So the other day I was in a local headshop and I noticed next to the chemistry sets and the bulb pipes that had some bath salts. It was in these little plastic jars that said "snow leopard bath salts 500mg not for human consumption. I think you know what that means. So we asked them what the main ingredient was in their bath salt, but they didn't know. This was pretty frustrating, but we decided to purchase it anyway. So we head off to the party, and through educated guessing we decide that its either mephedrone, MDPV, or methylone. MDPV doses the lowest of that, around 20-30mg and considering its a jar or 500mg I dont think its meph. But just to be safe we split it in to 24 even lines and 3 friends rail a line each. Which should be a pretty inaccurate 20.8mg. After about an hour they are all feeling weak stimulation and a week euphoria so we now know that it is at least close to mephedrone or methylone which is dosed closer to 100mg. So we all bump up to about 50-80mg depending on the person and how they feel. This is across 7 people. All 7 of us feel fucking fantastic and are talking really fast about awesome video games, drugs and drug laws. We all peak at about ~1 hour in and 3 people redose once 2 people redose twice one redoses 3 times and I do not redose. I begin to come down immediately after the peak and come all the way down within the next two hours. I am at baseline for about 2 more hours, and then begin to feel tired and fatigued. At about 1 hour and 10 minutes in I got the strongest urge to redose I have ever felt from a drug, including cocaine, but it only lasted about 15 minutes, and then disappeared.

Overall I would say whatever it was is most likely mephedrone, and I would give it a B+. It is kind of a short trip, and at high doses you get pretty scattered thoughts. Its more on the stimulating side than the euphoric side, which makes me want to talk. It would problably be different in a setting with loud music. The want to redose was kind of annoying because I knew that I had to sleep at some point but I wanted more. Thankfully I controlled that urge. Sleeping afterward was fine. Day after I feel a little tired but I think that might be from smoking too many cigarettes and running around more than usual on a saturday. I would not take this within 2 weeks, just to watch for tolerance, and it seems pretty draining. Personally I wont do it for another month most likely, or 3 weeks, because midterms will be over in 3 weeks and we gotta celebrate you know. $28 for half a gram is also pretty expensive, so this is not likely going to be a common occurrence.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Drugs are not bad

Yes. This is what a lot of this blog is going to be about. Most drugs are not bad, even though people think that they are. More on this next time someone pisses me off. 

FIrst post

what is this.