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> Textual is a TUI (Text User Interface) framework for inspired by modern web development.

> PyPy.

This seems to be an opinionated app framework with widgets built on top of Rich.

Mars mission where the aeroshell holds several "nests" with heaters and RTGs for power that are distributed across a large, area of interest to researchers, along with a bunch of little mars helicopters which can flit between the nests as they map and document the area in detail.

#tw #mars #SpaceNeedsRobots

Still, at this point this is only a crank theory and I'm not really qualified to make any specific claims for it. I'd welcome counter-examples as well as more supporting factoids.

But this theory does seem to explain a lot of things about humanity, at least in my own mind. It gives me a working story about people that covers everything from gullibility to human transcendence.

And in that story lies the REAL PROBLEM…


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5. Everything real and external happens at a remove from your consciousness, even your own decisions are rendered as part of your 'story' *after the fact*!

You may note that all of these predictions do correspond to real-world observations. People can be easily manipulated, some are more easily manipulated than others.

Changing your consciousness can happen, especially in cases where you experience 'ego death'.

And the decisions thing? See:


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3. You can change your own consciousness by changing the story you tell yourself about yourself; however, this is difficult because it requires overcoming emotional pressure to retain a comfortable story

4. Drugs and meditation can change consciousness via 'ego death'; which drains the emotional pressure and allows your personal story to collapse – after which you can build a new story:


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I could go on with my catalog of reasons why I think consciousness is powered by narrative. But I'll stop here and instead talk about some predictions you can make from this theory (assuming it is correct):

1. You can manipulate the consciousness of others by telling them a story that resonates with them emotionally

2. The extent of this manipulation is individualistic; some people may even develop false memories based on the story, while others may reject it based on observed reality


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What the brain *actually* does is literally move time around, at least in terms of our perceptions and consciousness.

> Chronostasis.


Then there are dreams. These are essentially running narratives, stories, which we remember (if we remember dreams at all) as sensory cues (vision, smell, etc.) that never actually happened.

> Dream generation.


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There are other working clues too. There's a classic rant as a long Birdsite thread by Foone about Saccades. I won't link to the Birdsite, but I'll try to TL;DR it for you.

> Saccade.

Basically a saccade is a rapid eye movement. Humans do it constantly. The problem is, during the saccade your eyes register, at best a blur. So the brain 'fixes it'.

> Saccadic masking.

Only the fix isn't what you might think!


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And, whether my theory is valid or not, I'm thinking up my theory *with a human brain*. Meaning there's good reason to assume my own prejudices and blind spots are in play; affecting the results. It's like using a blender to reconstruct fruit from puree.

Frankly, I don't trust it. But right now this is the best I've got and I can certainly find lots of extant examples of narrative coloring people's perception of the world. I think that part, at least, is a correlation-if not causation.


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I've posted about this before, both explictly about my theory and indirectly; describing the results of the mind working the way I think it does:

> How opinions become facts.

Mind you, I'm not a psychologist or a sociologist or even a philosopher. I'm just a guy with really bad ADHD who's been trying to figure out how other people think for sixty five years. I've had a *lot* of 'how human brains work' theories over the years – this is just the most recent.


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Reality and the stories we tell.

> The Gothic Fantasies of Beatrice Sparks. Why a Mormon mom in Utah made up tales of teen drug addiction and death that swept America.

This is reinforcement for my theory human consciousness is powered by narrative. According to my theory our conscious minds are *stories we are telling to ourselves*.

Another reinforcing read? @pluralistic (Cory Doctorow)'s recent essay:

> Divination.


Orangesite discussion about older programmers.

> Coding as a greybeard.

Of course, I am a *literal* greybeard programmer and, yeah, I've dealt with some ageism. But I've found producing results tends to overcome that; after all, I was lured out of retirement for a year by a former employer. They wouldn't have made the phone call if they didn't believe I had the stuff.

Now I'm retired again; but I plan to keep on coding.

9/11, al Qaeda, Assasination 

> US kills al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in drone strike in Afghanistan.

I've got problems with the ethics of drone assassinations and–for that matter–state-sponsored assassinations in general.

But I do have a comment: It took the USA more than 20 years to do it, but they finally found the guy and whacked him. Which is proof, when it comes to this shit, you have to be lucky *every time*, because your opponent only has to get lucky *once*.

> The New Way Police Could Use Your Google Searches Against You.

I guess we're gonna find out if DuckDuckGo really doesn't track people now…

# Update on my Thelio

> Previously:

It's now been six weeks since I made a hard-transition from to with a System76 Thelio. And, so far, so good.

I've found close-enough workalikes for some of the OSX-only apps I was using and have begun the process of converting data. I'm getting used to the general Gnome app weirdness I complained about before.

It's not perfect, but I'm doing fine with PopOS! and the apps I've chosen.

> Cognitive decline linked to ultraprocessed , study finds.

> "Eating ultraprocessed foods for more than 20% of your daily calorie intake every day could set you on the road to cognitive decline, a new study revealed."

Question: Is this causation or correlation?

Politics, Trumpism, the power of grievance 

> Trump Supporters Think They're in a Fight to the Death. Fear, hate, and grievances animate the new Republican Party.

Ah, yes. The politics of grievance. Except where the grievance is mostly, "I'm angry because I can no longer safely tell racist jokes and pinch waitresses' bottoms."

This isn't grievance, or at least not a legitimate grievance for an adult. It's a child's temper tantrum over losing an undeserved privilege.

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