Friday, January 15, 2021

Suppose reincarnation is real

 How do you retain memories from your previous life? The most obvious way is to make sure you have those memories front loaded with as much trauma as you can give yourself. But that's crude. Inhumane. Painful. And above all, unreliable.

You've got to think about the shape of memories.

Shapes is the key, in fact. Human memory is built above all to retain stories by relating them to physical spaces. Places, and their form, and how they attach to each other. 

I've confirmed this with some experimental testing of my own. And more - I'm able to create future memories for myself. Mark the thing you want to remember, imagine it in the context in the future where you're going to need it, and it'll be there waiting for you. Easier than writing shopping lists.

Maybe this is obscure advice to anybody else. I don't really know how to phrase it. But picture it: If you assume you're going to die, you make a memory. Just in case reincarnation is real. You try to make a useful memory that your future self can recollect, with no knowledge of who you are. Nothing super intense that will get confused by a baby in the horror of birth, and in the six months before its brain develops past the point of an advanced Alzheimer's patient. But a clear, simple, focused memory that will linger in a child between about age five to fifteen, when it will be old enough to begin checking on things for itself. Maybe something as simple as an email login. Any memory will work, as long as you can figure out the mechanics of recovering that memory without any context. You've only got to plan ahead.

I expect a fair share of today's 1% will try to pass on their memories of Panama bank accounts directly to their future selves rather than their children, just to make generational wealth even worse than Tracy Chapman could have imagined.. Just in case there is such a thing as reincarnation, we should try to work on that.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Optic Drugs Attack Waffles #12

I thought about making one or both of the characters in this illustrated para-haiku men. But it turns out, it was more interesting to make them both women, like basically all characters I write and/or draw. Maybe I'm becoming predictable that way. I'm fine with it. Gives important context to this strange little murder scene. 

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Monday, November 23, 2020

These questions keep me up at night, or rather, the way people approach the questions

If you can go back in time and buy stock, you have functionally infinite money. Are you really going to support some ethical black hole like Apple corporation just to make that infinite money faster? What stock would you buy if you cared about people? (I don't know. Someone please research this for me.)

And if you walk in the forest and find a person in a large glass jar, you have no information to go on when deciding to free them or not besides the fact that: Someone was able and willing to put this person in a jar. The prisoner could be evil, or their jailer could be evil. It’s impossible for you to know beforehand. There could be complexities to the situation you can’t understand. The question isn’t how you can figure out who to trust, the question is if you side with the established power structure or against it. (I fight the power. Always.)