Re: virus: conscious/subconscious (form. level 0)
Sun, 15 Dec 1996 23:09:08 -0600 (CST)

On Thu, 12 Dec 1996, XYZ Customer Support wrote:

> > Incidentally, electronic neural network computers designed to learn
> > continually [i.e., electronics that completely mimic the brain structure]
> > require dreaming in order to function. They can also have fairly
> > convincing analogs of the replay-life version of a near-death experience.
> > [some snippet in a 1995/1996 Scientific American]
> This is hogwash. Dreaming is not necessary in order for our minds
> to function.

Not that we're ever going to verify this:

Let's see you be awake for 72 hours continuously, without any chemical
boosting [caffiene, tea, coffee, diet pills, antihistamines, Dayquil as
stimulants. Ban hallucinogens, they get in dreaming automatically
[sic]. I also disallow the depressants, such as sleeping pills.]

Note that I mean *continuously*. Dozing off for 10 seconds disqualifies
the contestant.

If you actually can *do* this: you have just proven you are at risk for a
major mental illness! If you can actually do any creativity at all after
hour #30, you're doing better than anyone I've ever met in person,
including myself.

If you fail: I rest my case. Your body demanded dreaming so severely it
bashed you into taking it.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd