Psychotopography

luka

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one thing they keep secret from you is how funny a lot of these authors were
 

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One of the ways they stratify is the harry potter sorting hat, the 'which character from glee are you' stuff. They stole data from fun harmless quiz apps that get you to divulge your personality type and preferences for the reward of being sorted. Then they use this data to run experiments on who responds to what content, then extrapolate from there for the whole population. It means you build hyper targeted campaign journeys to take people from believing x to believing y against their will.
Brilliant, this here is an example of how a psychotopographic relocation/reallocation of psyches can be undertaken (after having been routed).

Although this also seems like a tactic that can be used to pin people down and keep them there, especially if the quizzes are psychometrically engineered. That is, based around certain personality tentpoles/types that have been perpetually reified by mimesis until they become pseudo-objective. You can identify archetypal categories within and across these stories (Disney/Pixar stories, Marvel, etc), and use them as a sort of template for an interpsychic circuit, better positioning you to monitor, harness and rewire the energy that courses through it. Plug in this personality A here, such that its relations to personalities B, C and D, are such, such and such - and when that no longer fits the bill, the circuit is rewired.

So it is clear these tactics can be used from a control perspective - how can they be used in a more liberating one? To be sure, while the latter sounds a lot better to me, both need to be understood and assumed-the-role-of properly.

Perhaps the liberating side of it is more forthright? Or is there something necessarily obfuscational about this? "Necessarily obfuscational" does sound malicious, but if our computers didn't implement such user-friendly interfaces, they wouldn't have caught on. The necessity of simplicity opens the door for malicious manipulation, but who is to say whether or not that door can be guarded? Or, moreover, if the actually circuitry itself can be booby-trapped or tamper-proofed so as to discourage or disable maleficence.
 

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too similar to psychogeography / psychonaught. gotta lose the psyche
I've very much come to embrace this point.

Seeing as the closest root word to ideological belief/value would be ismos (as in "-ism"), perhaps this would make for an ismonautics? Ismonautics, as the exploration of ideological positions, the exploration of -ism's.

This would be experiential and first-person, whereas an "ismology" would be more of a removed, third-person account.

I haven't heard much about this, which is why I'm inclined to investigate it. Although perhaps this all just goes under different names/titles.
 

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This may clarify things, seeing as "psychic states" brings a baggage of psychedelia that "ideological states" does not. The latter seems a bit more sober, but I suppose the intoxications are merely of different qualities.

It would consist of experiments in the manipulation of one's own beliefs so as to steer oneself across ideological terrain. The theory must be elaborated before prescriptions made, but bridges desperately need to be built.

Frankly, I hope I'm overlooking something, because its strange that nobody seems to have addressed this. If anyone knows of any discourse out there about self-assembling/self-guided ideology, I would appreciate a pointer. Nietzsche, maybe? Although perhaps accidentally. Seemingly, those who have taken up ideology in their crosshairs haven't been willing/able to reshuffle their decks - and not without reason, seeing as it could very well entail psychosis.

Hence the distance I try to place around it, to insulate it in a strange, negative fashion. Unstable materials ought best to be painstakingly analyzed before tamper with, no?

But am I crazy? This could be a huge step forward for peace, and a step that doesn't involve violence. That is, hypothetically, if there was some kind of trans-ideological vanguard to hasten the unification of the silos - an almost purely idealistic endeavor.

I hate to think I'm just patting myself on the back while blinding myself to the fact - but that very well could be the case. It feels like, should such experiments run successfully, hitherto irreconcilable ideologies could be reconciled, perhaps even preserving the kind of variation that cosmic intelligence needs in order to persist evolutionarily.

Perhaps none of it makes any sense. Perhaps that need not discourage.

To take several steps back - I'm just taking about abstract trailblazing through wilderness of ideology. None of this takes any political position, rather it seeks to connect positions indiscriminately. Seemingly, it would tend toward tolerance. And it seems possible.
 

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Had to look that up, but the Wikipedia page does make it out to be very similar.

Do you know if Wilson's theory is primarily geared toward expanding one's Reality Tunnel in the interest of heightened awareness, or if he attempted to operationalize these shifts from one Tunnel to another - as wormholes?
 

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Then its very similar to what I'm going on about. Thanks for the lead.

I wonder if Wilson has already mapped out the space there, or if his theory considers such a space to be mappable.
 

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As in, what territories border each other, how does the crossing of border A between territories 1 and 2 differ from border B between territories 2 and 3, etc.
 

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That kind of mapping would make operations much more straight forward, even somewhat modular. That is, if the traversing of a certain territory involves a consistent technique, that traversing/technique can be plugged into some number of operations.
 

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As lauded as it is, I've only just now come around to it.

Perhaps we turn inwards and not outwards and instead set ourselves to map the familiar with a degree of detail and precision we were previously unable to achieve, lacking the patience and the powers of concentration, attention and the fineness of discrimination. Lacking instruments delicate enough to register the slightest fluctuations and differences and the terminology to describe them. In doing so we re-enchant our own world, deepening rather than extending, more granularity rather than more size.
Very much in line with the digestive process of the swarm-body of minds, the process I think needs further elaboration. As that slippery something of subject-matter is ruminated more and more, broken down into tinier and tinier bits, eventually those bits scale down far enough to fit through certain pores to become the body of the chewer, to inform the chewing.

A digestion/decomposition unto a dispersion, a disintegration of the matter and its reintegration int the body, perhaps even a sedimentation, sinking, decelerating toward the bottom, the basis of being.

Good read - it seems to have rubbed off on me.
 

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Does this make any sense? Moreover, is it promising as a praxis? I'm trying to write this theory as a list of parallel strings, each one reseting and taking a different aim. I'd like to have the bulk of it be accessible to as many people as possible, but I might have to resort to more difficult explanations for the more difficult strings.

One way to conceptualize your identity is as a cluster of beliefs. These beliefs can be expressed as theses, as assertions that take positions. These positions need not align in perfect harmony to form an identity, which is paradoxical, seeing as identity implies a sameness-with-oneself. So long as they express something crucial, something that is verified by your gut, they have a place in the cluster. This cluster, expressed as a list of beliefs, can be refined and clarified to no limit. Once refined enough, which is another gut decision, each belief can be evaluated and interrogated. This evaluation process can, on one hand, serve to reinforce your identity, to patch up some of the porous walls. On the other hand, this evaluation process can serve to perpetually destabilize your beliefs, and, by extension, constantly redefine your identity. This movement of your identity can, in principle, be steered. Steered where? From one ideological territory to another. For what purpose? Building bridges. Building bridges how? By mapping out, through transcribing the development of your beliefs, how you got from one set of beliefs to another, from one identity to another. This mapping out of beliefs, which we may perhaps call ismography, can function as word-bridges between ideologies, between worlds.
 
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