Digital Capitalism to Acid Communism with Emma Stamm & Oshan Jarow - Musing Mind
6:30 - What role do technology and data play in the centuries-long dynamic between consciousness and capitalism? How…
Last month I was interviewed for the Musing Mind podcast; the episode went live on Saturday. Copy-pasting the following from the website — this was written by Oshan Jarow, the founder and host of Musing Mind:
Our conversation explores the relationship between data capitalism & consciousness, using psychedelic science as a way of illuminating those aspects of consciousness that cannot be rendered via data’s language. We also discuss:
- How psychedelics provide an “empirical refutation of digital positivism”
- Whether consciousness exists on a spectrum from ‘less to more’
- What data capitalism is, what psychopower is, and how this new paradigm might impact consciousness
6:30 — What role do technology and data play in the centuries-long dynamic between consciousness and capitalism? How are digital technologies ushering in a new era of how capitalism interacts with subjectivity?
18:00 — What is “digital” capitalism? What makes it different from previous forms of capitalism?
29:40 — What can psychedelic drug research tell us about the consequences of digitization?
33:00 — What is “digital positivism”?
36:30 — Can we measure the ‘vitality’ of consciousness, and represent it in data format?
41:40 — On the ‘reducing valve theory of consciousness’
48:50 — The relationship between data capitalism and psychedelic consciousness — how algorithmic determinism mirrors hyper-priors in predictive processing models of cognition.
56:00 — Why capitalism is a fundamentally ‘conservative’ system, and how algorithms reinforce this conservatism.
58:15 — On acid communism.
1:24:48 — What is “psychopower” in the context of digital capitalism?
Links from Conversation
Emma’s talk, “The Data-Image: Thought as Currency in the Age of Datafication.”
Byung-Chul Han’s Psychopolitics