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soul_of_the_thing877 karma

  1. I was still there to prevent things from getting worse to the best of my ability

I know what that’s like, in a different field. Sorry you had to go through that shit. It’s really easy for people to say what they would or wouldn’t have done.

soul_of_the_thing63 karma

This is better creative process advice than most hundreds-of-pages-long books on the subject.

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As the other reply said, MDMA is in clinical trials now for therapy but it was already used extensively for therapy in the 1970s by several thousand psychiatrists. Couples’ therapy where both people were on MDMA was very common. So what the guy is describing here is just a 70’s therapy technique that predates widespread use of the drug for recreational purposes (that caught on during the 80’s).

Can’t speak to the shamanism.

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Until it’s also programmed to experience fear and other more complex reactions to the stimulus (including simulated neural changes over repeat stimuli), no, it isn’t, because those things are part of “pain” in a biological organism. EDIT: Of course, programming a learned aversion would be ass-backwards for this particular use which is why it’s good in a sense that it ISN’T the same as biological pain.

Same goes for other complex biological experiences; you can program a robot to say “I love you too” when you tell it you love it, but that AI isn’t “experiencing love after a love-triggering stimulus”.

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For really rapid progress on recognition, a native speaker to do some drills with you and who can give you immediate feedback is invaluable. You can make really rapid progress just having them say short phrases that you listen to and then try to determine correctly. Same with production. Just, ah, find somebody with an accent compatible with wherever you’re going or want to sound like you’re from (tone are just the miniboss in your journey here, regional accents are the real last boss. Also a problem in English, see: Bostonian vs Texan vs LA Valleyspeak).

It also helps to try singing the tones, if you haven’t already.