Hopkins Stanley

Retired AIDS/Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist who’d become curious about the question of the Machine after all those years in clinical practice

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Thank you for taking the time to take the test, and I appreciate your letting us know how you perceived its results, as this is most helpful for its authors in refining the tool.

As we said in the short essay explaining the little Cyborg Psychologist, its planning and evaluative process weren’t the result of AI but a combination of existing testing techniques put together in what is meant to be a humorous way. The testing items are based on the Big Five Personality Traitswhich have become, in some ways, the hard currency of psychological trait theory. This experiment was meant to point out that artificial intelligence doesn’t replace the human being but is a reflection of ourselves in the mirror — and, in the process, demonstrates how this reflection necessarily changes our self-image.

And, as we described, the AI component of the application is meant as a demonstration of how state-of-the-art, on-on-the-shelf elements can already be cobbled together into a functional black box with many practical uses ranging from replacing television announcers to developing sophisticated educational assistants as Philipp Burckhardt has designed for learning statistical methodologies. What is so interesting is how he envisions creating individually-tailored educational assistants that could follow a specific student across their educational path, becoming attuned explicitly to their learning styles and disabilities. This possibility could also be extended to those with physical disabilities or, as you point out, assisting folks with self-reflective psychological analysis, which was the thinking behind the Cyborg Psychologist. Probably the most critical point in this little experiment is demonstrating that AI’s aren’t a way of eventually supplanting human intelligence and creativity, but as an assisting supplementation of the human ability to create something out of nothing: ex creatio nihilo.

¡Mucho Gracias! Especially since I didn't realize I'd cut/paste from the old, inactive test url as well. 🤭

Hi and thanks…apologies for my being naive, but what do you mean be an extraneous ‘i’? I just checked the the link and they seems to work on both my iPad and Mac desktop. 

The app link is https://martinburckhardt.substack.com/p/psychologie-des-cyborgs 

I have to Say that this essay made me chuckle a bit. It made me think of the notion of a Social Suit I’ve learned to put on after 66 years that helps me be social comfortably and fit in…meaning I applaud you for pointing this out. I think we all have our own inherent strangeness that our Modern psychotope’s socioplasm en-structurates our behavior around that our individual selves emerge from. I notice it in how many of my younger friends find putting on make-up, wearing a suit, or, conversely, being incredibly strange makes fitting and being successful in the workplace reflected in the new psychotopic norm of Everyone is Queer. 

Looking back on it, this wasn’t always the case, and I was fortunate having spent most of my working years in the edgy academic environment of a San Francisco General HIV/AIDS clinical where being weird was the norm. What I think I finally learned from a cultural theorist friend, who’s spent his career reflecting on the Philosophy and Psychology of the Machine, is that there’s nothing inherently wrong with this normative psychotopic structure that’s built into the edifice of Modernity’s rational edifice as long as you recognize it as the stage-prop it is. The problem is remembering it’s an artificial mean of central tendency as a ratio of a central perspective that we all deviate from in our humanness. Today when I look at the left and right in terms of Wokenstanism or Christian Nationalism, I see this Social suit as a way of conforming towards a totalitarian unity. 

Meaning I hope the younger generations continue embracing individual differences as what makes up the diverse social background we all emerge from as individuals…

Your discourse on “equanimity” reminds me of notions about awareness, attentiveness, and being engaged in ways that don‘t necessarily bind you to a specific moment in all of it’s associated latency.  Rather your lens is that of awareness coming from a meditative calming space that is distancing from the phenomena, allowing for Reflexion without attachment and getting lost in all those mirrored fragments of a particular moments’ latencies…at least that’s what these eyes see in your Saying….

Your thought has resonances with my own way of being that, hopefully, allows me to view phenomena of my Immanent life and the Transcendental life around me without becoming overwhelmed bye it or excessively colouring it (of course it’s important to point phenomenologically that speaking we can never not see through our own lens despite any claims of neutrality or transparency).  It’s the funny and sacred place to walk thru as we eternally cross the Abysmal Void between myself and my neighbors…at least IMHO.

Thank-you for taking the time to share - ❄️

Apologies if I caused you any consternation.  I saw the string and thought it’d be fun to take a stab at it.  I only had a vague awareness of the actual song, took a quick listen and played out my lyrics in my head based on some readings I’ve been doing on the psychotop & AI.  Unfortunately I didn’t realize there’s rigid structure to Hip-hop stuff.  My background is more along the lines of psychedelia and I tend to see lyric structures more in line with a Grace Slick style where vocal lyrics can be playfully varied around the song structure.  best - hopkins

I‘m going to make myself better

When I merge with my AI

I’m going evolve myself higher

When I merge with my AI

I’m going to join the psychotope

When I merge with my AI

Oh yes, it’s my AI

Can’t you see it’s my AI

Oh yes, it’s me & my AI

Ugh!  I’m just realizing you haven’t even been told if Gluten-intolerance is the underlying etiology which is understandable frustrating...apologies.  I looked closer at some other NCBI articles and we really don’t have a good understanding of gluten intolerance other than it appears related to some underlying autoimmune disorder.  That leaves you 1) experimenting with eliminating gluten, which it sounds like you‘re already working on, to see if there’s any correlation with gluten intake at all; and 2) getting tested for the various biomarkers folks have suggested below.

There is a recent discussion article I read in the NEJM on “An Allergic Basis for Abdominal Pain” discussing some recent research on Allergies and IBS you may or may not find useful.  https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMcibr2104146?rss=searchAndBrowse Let me know you want to read it but can’t access it and I’ll be happy to email you a copy of my pdf.  

Another thought is if your specialists have mentioned small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?  I’ve had vague IBS issues that had worsened over the past year that we’d been working on without any resolution.  A physician friend suggested I try a nutritional supplement called Atrantil which my GI doc said was worth trying since nothing else was working.  Short story is it helped which led to trying a course of xifaxin/neomycin for SIBO that I’ve had good results with.  Problematic is that diagnosing SIBO isn’t really good and is trial/error of trying various antibiotics.

Please excuse typos & autocorrect strangeness

This is probably one of those dumb, obvious questions but I’ll ask anyway.  Have you consulted with a Gastroenterologist yet?  If not, you might want to consider consulting w/one to help interpreting the biochemistry stuff for a more precise “scientific/medical” simulacrum of the underlying pathophysiology from from the clinical standpoint.  Otherwise I think you’re best bet is probably working with your Dietitian and the various Gluten Intolerance groups online for more practical advice on dealing with it in the day-to-day world.  Unfortunately, from my own clinical experience, there’s a lot of the “art of medicine” involved in phenomenologically interpreting/applying medical research findings clinically.

If you haven’t looked at Wikipedia yet, their entry covers the etiological basics.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-related_disorders

I also saw this article that might give you some more in-depth understandings of its underlying etiology:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6182669/

Hope those help…❄️

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