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Mindfulness Machines: what I’m doing during this whole here PhD business

Courtesy of Hexeosis.com, where every hex is an osis

Theory[1] of Everything[2]

Highest level

More on that…

Wireheading meaning-making

  • Sensorial
  • Rhythmic
  • Sustained
  • Wordless
  • Repeated
  • Immersive
  • Social[16]

Key concepts


  • Entrainment
  • Hypnosis
  • Stress
  • Sensorial stimulation (particularly visual/auditory/tactile)
  • Pivotal Mental States (PiMS)
  • Default Mode Network
  • Predictive Processing/Bayesian Brain
  • Neural Annealing
  • Psychedelics/5-HT2A/C


  • Attention
  • Flow states
  • Stimulus-response
  • Happiness
  • Logotherapy
  • Psychotherapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depression/Anxiety/PTSD/Psychosis/Schizophrenia/Addiction
  • Meditation (mindful or otherwise)
  • Mystical Experiences (such as in Mystical Experience Questionnaire)
  • Awe
  • Compassion
  • Embodiment
  • Interpersonality (i.e., shared experiences)
  • Openness to experience


  • Existentialism (Ratcliffe, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, Sartre)
  • Nihilism (Nietzsche)
  • Reductive Materialism
  • Meaning
  • Capital T truth (William James)
  • Absurdity (Camus)
  • Self
  • Consciousness/experience
  • Resilience
  • Enlightenment, puruṣārtha, ikigai, dao (also fits into anthro)
  • Anthropology
  • Religion/Rituals
  • Psychedelics
  • Narrative/fantasy
  • Music/rhythm
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality



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Joshua Clingo

Hello, this is me. So who is me? Me is a Cognitive Scientist who happens to like writing. I study meaning in life, happiness, and so on and so forth, forever.