Mind Meld 55 | Summoning a Subjective Singularity with Liam Wilson
Liam Wilson is a musician best known for playing bass in the Dillinger Escape Plan. He’s also a seeker of subjective singularities and uses any tool he can get his hands on to experience them- Yoga, psychedelics, fatherhood and even misfortune.
At any given moment on any given day, you are one event away from a subjective singularity. An experience so profound it fundamentally alters your existence.
First, let’s do our due diligence and acknowledge that subjectivity is inherently slippery. By virtue of that, there is no one-size-fits-all catalyst to a subjective singularity.* Still, let’s attempt to take the guesswork and semantic dissonance our of this equation. The following is what a subjective singularity looks like:
The good news is, we don’t have to have a harrowing four year battle with cancer to experience a tectonic shift in perspective. We just have to play with what Robert Anton Wilson famously dubbed our “reality tunnels.” In other words, our subjective perspective. The lens through which we peer into consensus reality through. Think of your subjectivity as something to be engineered and explored rather than a persistent feature of reality that we have no say over. In doing so you’ll find plenty of wiggle-room within the confines of reality.**
For starters, try this – tell yourself that what Anita Moorjani said was true. Operate as if her five near-death takeaways were core to your own ethos and just see how it feels. If her musings sound too much like rosy platitudes for your taste, refer back to asterisk number one and move on.
*Except death and certain alkaloids in sufficient amounts
**As well as plenty of bullshit
Musings in this mind meld include –
- Subjective singularities
- Time doesn’t make any god damn sense and might not exist
- How near death experiences and consciousness exploration influence the way you see your life and the world
- The Tibetan Book of the Dead and the Egyptian Book of the Dead – are they on to something?
- If so, people in the western world are definitely not prepared for death
- Is death a state to be feared or just misunderstood?
- The thought experiment that there is only one thinker in the universe
- If you can upload yourself to a digital form, how will we know it’s you and not just some super advanced AI that can pass the Turing test (or the Michael/Liam test)?
- Maybe some of us want to “play life on hard mode” or “watch a tragedy”
- Intelligence squared debate -on the afterlife
- The car accident/God in training viral story
- If you knew we lived in a simulation would you change your behavior?
- If you knew the world would end what would you do?
- The turing test and the Michael/Liam test
- Why it is that the more you listen to someone or watch someone, the more you start to relate to them
- Why it’s a waste of time to entertain too many fringe theories
- Female vocals in heavy music and Liam’s upcoming musical projects