Slime molds, dissociative disorder and a bad love poem
Who taught you to look out at the world instead of being the world.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
My high school crush was a boy named Steve T. He was a grade older and he was on the football team and the basketball team and probably the most beautiful boy I ever saw. One day a friend of his passed along the message that Claudia had a crush on him. He asked which one — “cheerleader Claudia” or “weird Claudia”?
I was in drama club and wrote bad poems and gave tarot card readings to girls during lunchtime.
My resolution for 2022 is to get weirder.
WE’VE BEEN ENTANGLED FROM THE BEGINNING
A tardigrade may or may not have gotten quantum-entangled, but I don’t need proof. My whole consciousness is a reference to anyone who has ever crossed my path — real, fantasy, online or otherwise.
WE MAY ALL BE ALTERS OF UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS
Life itself is a dissociation. I feel like Tyler Durden sometimes.
From Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything?
We know empirically from DID that consciousness can give rise to many operationally distinct centers of concurrent experience, each with its own personality and sense of identity. Therefore, if something analogous to DID happens at a universal level, the one universal consciousness could, as a result, give rise to many alters with private inner lives like yours and ours. As such, we may all be alters—dissociated personalities—of universal consciousness.
SLIME MOLDS MIGHT BE SMARTER THAN YOU
Physarum polycephalum can solve mazes, mimic the layout of man-made transportation networks and choose the healthiest food from a diverse menu—and all this without a brain or nervous system.
SCINTILLATING STARBURST AND SUN HALOS
This visual illusion called the Scintillating Starburst is beautiful.
Composed of several concentric star polygons, the images prompt viewers to see bright fleeting rays emanating from the center that are not actually there.
It reminds me of this Sun Halo over Sweden.