Neuroscience and Art - Chemically Augmented
A reading response to 'Altered States' by Oliver Sacks.
It was a glad reading to know a new aspect of Oliver Sacks. I have heard that he has a deep empathy for his patients, I assume that is because he has very wide and wild experiences of his life. I appreciated his sense of humor that he dedicated himself to chemical experience for the advance of neurology. My impression, while the reading was the description, reminds me of Augmented Reality that we are talking these days. Just one difference between them is that one is documentable and the other is not. (we even not sure about the physical/mental safety issue of AR, and maybe AR is cheaper than the drugs.)
The AR apps that are inspiring to me are like these:
0. dumb fun: simple AR app but with a little bit psychedelic vibe.
1. Hyperspektiv: You can manipulate video and images with filters.
Current general accessible technology (such as smartphones or PCs) is mainly bounded to visual sources, but why cannot we approach other sensory systems also? What if we can augment smell, sound, texture, or taste to the reality that we perceive?
Those two references allow a person to experience hallucinations without taking any chemicals. On the other side, there is an example of non-chemical drugs that (they exclaim) have the same effect on the brain: i-doser. According to people who tried both of them. It had the kinda similar effect. It could be a reference for using other kinds of channels for designing acceptors.