Hack Consciousness

  • February 8, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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Our first meeting! Building from a successful meetup in Santa Cruz, Consciousness Hacking is coming to San Francisco. Our first meeting will be a general introduction and framing, including some open discussion on the idea of Consciousness Hacking. We'll also have some presenters, including Rohan Dixit of brainbot.me.

Consciousness Hacking is a hands-on approach to making new tools for self-exploration, in order to change the way we think, feel, and live. Its an inside out perspective on how technology can serve us by changing our relationship to the world, rather than the world itself. (note: This is NOT about unauthorized or forced influence over anyone or anything.) Meetings will focus more on sharing existing projects, and receiving community support for new ideas, and less on philosophy or theory.

Have an idea for a cool EEG + meditation app? Maybe you're interested in a new way of creating sound to alter the way the brain works? This is the place to explore or present your idea. In the spirit of the Maker Movement or Quantified Self but with the pragmatic spiritual influence of Buddhist Geeks or Dharma Overground, the ultimate purpose of the group is to empower YOU to develop new tools for changing the way you feel and live. You do not need a technology background, and you are absolutely welcome to join if you have no interest in ever developing your own tools, but there will definitely be a heavy focus on modern technology as the hacking medium.

Science is increasingly recognizing what spiritual and religious traditions have been advocating for thousands of years: through focused self-awareness we can fundamentally change our conscious experience. The keys to accessing profound joy and contentment in this world lie not in our external circumstances, but in our relationship to ourselves. Its impossible to deny the profound benefits reaped by long time meditation practitioners, living in solitude or intentional communities. Is there a modern enlightenment, in harmony with the media and technology that seems to constantly externalize our attention, and increase our sense of separation from ourselves and others? Can we create new forms of technology that bring us back to ourselves? Can we leverage existing technologies to help us cultivate calm minds, lower stress, and rediscover our sense of connectedness and the simple joy of being alive here and now?

Consumer EEG headsets are beginning to flood the market enabling inexpensive access to brain activity. Bio sensing technology capable of measuring signals such as pulse, skin conductivity, or physical movement are readily available as commercial products. Computation is no longer a limiting factor, and massive amounts of data can be scoured for patterns no human mind could identify. New methods of neural-stimulation, such as tDCS, TMS and pulsed ultrasound, are being explored and are available to the pioneering hacker. Neuroscience research is beginning to deeply explore the nature of not only meditation, but of mystical and enlightened states. And these examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

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  • Sean

    Super cool!!!

    February 10

  • Larry M.

    I enjoyed hearing and learning a little about each of you at the very first SF Hack Consciousness meeting! How exciting! It's fun to take part at the start of something and more fun to see we can all take it together. Thanks, Mikey, for giving life to this!

    February 9

  • Joseph M.

    very cool. great presentation and a great and diverse group of people.

    February 9

  • Phoenix

    Broke my leg in 3 places. Will not be getting to meetups for months. Hope this is recorded :) be well

    February 7

    • Mikey S.

      Bummer!!! Sorry to hear that. Sending video link soon.

      1 · February 9

  • Colin R.

    I was really looking forward to this but am afraid I'm under the weather today. Looking forward to future meetings!

    1 · February 8

    • Mikey S.

      See you in the future :)

      February 9

  • indu k.

    Was great meeting so many folks who're exploring the same convergence of fields.

    1 · February 8

    • Mikey S.

      Agreed! Great meeting you Indu.

      February 9

  • Luciana

    When I left my place in Oakland under rain and wind today to go to the meetup, I wondered if this was a good idea. Now I am so glad I attended the meeting today. It was inspiring and energizing to meet you guys. I look forward to the next meeting.

    1 · February 8

    • Tony S

      Agreed. Mikey, thank you for putting this fascinating group together, looking forward to the next one as well..

      2 · February 8

    • Mikey S.

      Thanks Luciana and Tony! SO happy you could be there. An amazing afternoon. Hope to see you at the next meeting

      1 · February 9

  • Michael G.

    Yes, really great meet up today with such an eclectic group of people. Thanks again Mikey. Looking forward to the next one!

    1 · February 8

    • Mikey S.

      Great meeting you Michael. Looking forward to uniting on this front.

      February 9

  • Gabi Z.

    Great meetup! Looking forward to explore this amazing field with everybody on following meetups.

    1 · February 9

    • Mikey S.

      Gabi - Amazing share! Was exactly what I hope to see at future meetups. Way to set an amazing precedent.

      February 9

  • Karil D.

    Sorry I had to miss this meeting but I have a nasty cold and didn't want to spread any germs. I'm hoping to catch the next one.

    1 · February 9

  • Michael G.

    Hi, really hoping to attend this event. I see there is a large waiting list. Is the space limited, or can I plan to attend tomorrow? Thanks!

    February 7

  • Phoenix

    look forward to it. I will also have info on the latest from CES on 'brain toy'

    December 20, 2013

  • Sean

    stoked!

    2 · December 19, 2013

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