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consciousness-raising machine
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This is a computer game that involves a series of interactive and passive events, like searches, interactive movies, text, games, tv snow, narratives etc, that are varied in length, format, interactivity, order, rationality etc, and that are unrelated to each other to an algorithmicly-determined and intelligently- increased degree, so that the user can undergo the maximum sustainable level of "multitasking malaise" (as measured by biofeedback or other output that is calibrated from tests that are done in more controlled multitasking environments) so that the user would be "free" to process events that had previously only been perceived at subconscious levels or not at all.

So the game would seem like a total overload of tasks, so that as soon as you thought you had a handle on one or several, another would pop up, that was unrelated, unless it had been previously determined that this level of unrelatedness would cause you to totally stop paying attention, in which case the relatedness of the task would be bumped up a notch to the point at which the system could reasonably expect you to continue to be engaged with it, according to the "consciousness" you had displayed in the past.

So this is like a consciousness decoy.

Maybe consciousness is like a crowd of people in a room so that, if you throw a bunch of money in one corner of the room you can find all of the cool people in a spectrum toward the opposite corner.

JesusHChrist, Feb 07 2013

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       Dual rationality?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 07 2013
  

       This sounds just like my job.
DrBob, Feb 07 2013
  

       ...sounds like the inside of my head   

       I am intrigued by the idea that unrelatedness can be measured. Also I wonder which would be more fatiguing: maximally unrelated tasks or those which were related but slightly different. It seems like switching entirely might be easier than adjusting slightly and precisely.
bungston, Feb 08 2013
  

       Can I just start twitching now and get it over with?
RayfordSteele, Feb 08 2013
  
      
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