Superstimuli

September 25, 2023 — December 16, 2023

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Somewhere around the Goodhart-Moloch-supernormal-alignment-utility-addiction area, we find the concept of superstimuli, things that feel better for us than they actually are for us.

1 Fun recent occurrences of the idea

Erik Hoel, Exit the supersensorium touches upon many themes; dreaming, addiction, myths and the entertainment-industrial complex. See also Living in the Supersensorium - by David Gasca. Musical Heresies by Roger’s Bacon makes the case for music being an evolved superstimulus.

The is a connection to adversarial training, in that while superstimuli might not be created with intent and foreknowledge to blow someone’s mind, (they might though), they are often evolved in some kind of competitive process, such as evolution or market competition, or algorithmic optimization.

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2 Incoming

3 References

Dezfouli, Griffiths, Ramos, et al. 2019. Models That Learn How Humans Learn: The Case of Decision-Making and Its Disorders.” PLOS Computational Biology.
Dezfouli, Nock, and Dayan. 2020. Adversarial Vulnerabilities of Human Decision-Making.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Klein. 2010. No Logo.
Kozyreva, Wineburg, Lewandowsky, et al. 2023. Critical Ignoring as a Core Competence for Digital Citizens.” Current Directions in Psychological Science.
Paasonen. 2021. Dependent, Distracted, Bored: Affective Formations in Networked Media.