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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Sep 05, 2021
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This idea was inspired by the idea to Hire a tripsitter and Povilas' comment about how people have different opinions about what they enjoy while under the influence of hallucinogens.

While there are many articles that recommend movies or music that goes well with psychedelics, they seem to simply regurgitate the same 20 movies and bands as a "one size fits all" answer. The repository site I have in mind would give suggestions based on the content you like, by suggesting things that other users who share your taste have liked in the past.

Essentially, it would work like TasteDive but just be focused on psychedelic entertainment.

I can imagine this site working well for movies and music, but there could even be a section for activities that pair well with the use of psychedelics.

There might even be an opportunity for users to become "influencers" by building up a following for their currated playlists. So if you find someone who seems to share your taste, you could follow them and see their playlists and likes.
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You could only suggest something if you liked it while being on psychedelics

Povilas S
Povilas S Sep 06, 2021
I think the rule summarized in the title of this creative contribution would be necessary to follow in order not to turn the repository into just a record of people's personal content preferences. If this rule was not followed, in addition to simply their personal preferences the users would start posting/suggesting what they think generally matches well with psychedelic experience or what content/activities are psychedelic in their essence.

You might have certain inclinations while you are sober, but be drawn towards different things while being high, it's almost like the drug (or the state of consciousness caused by it) would choose for you, if you may. So I think having a certain statistically averaged pool of activities/things/content pieces that people liked exactly WHILE being under the influence of psychedelics would be a wise option vs having a mix of that and recommendations based on simply personal (sober) inclinations and knowledge of what is classified as psychedelic and therefore guiding others towards that.

If "the product" of such an online repository would represent the inclinations caused/ influenced by actual psychedelic experiences it would be a more objective representation of what type of activities/things/content does the psychedelic experience make people lean towards.

Of course, there's no way to ensure that people won't behave differently irrespectively of this rule, but the website could specifically and clearly emphasize it and ask politely for this while explaining why it is important, that would help decrease the number of suggestions that are not in line with the rule. Additionally, before you could recommend something, the site could ask you to fill in a section where you had to describe your experience and the circumstances of how you got to like something, what were you taking, etc. The anonymity of the users who recommend stuff based on their drug experiences could be ensured, there are ways to do that online.
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The psychedelic contents and activities may not have to be entirely suited to the user's taste

Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello Sep 24, 2021
A possible approach to the psychedelic experiences is to make them widely random. The reason for this proposition is because the person that experiences highness knows what they prefer the most but this may not coincide with what they will enjoy the most. I think the random possibilities will increase the chances of running into something the person will enjoy.

Another point of view is that the psychedelic experience does not have to always be as pleasant as the person desires. Sometime's the 'unpleasantness" can give the user a form of satisfaction. The main things that the repository should aim for are the highest attainable degree of randomness and stimulating multiple senses at the same time. The user's contribution in choosing their experience should also be reduced to a minimum since going over a lot of options can ruin their psychedelic experience.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 years ago
I wholeheartedly agree, from my own experience, some of the most beneficial experiences I've had with psychedelics have been when I have been pushed out of my comfort zone.
That being said, I think most people would prefer to have a conventionally "fun" trip most of the time. Such a platform would easily be able to cater for both though. You'd be able to search for content based on your likes and interests and you will also be able to randomize the suggestions.

I also agree that nobody wants to be picking content from a list while on psychedelics, ideally, when you have found something that you like, you'd only need to press play once and just go with the suggestions from there.

Alternatively, you could curate a trip before taking the psychedelics. Arranging everything so that you won't need to do any work while tripping.
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People can be taught how to appreciate almost any object or concept

Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello Sep 24, 2021
Though this idea does not really add to the idea that initiated this session, it can be used to improve a person's experience when they are high. It can be used to improve a person's experience in almost any situation. The person simply has to master how to appreciate anything if they put their mind to it.

The person who wishes to master this process will practice by taking note of the (good) qualities of the object they want to appreciate. The person will then try to enjoy and understand all that they can about the object. Once they are used to the process then they can repeat it when they are high.
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Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello3 years ago
Some challenges with a recommendation system that is similar to the one used by TasteDive is that;

The user does not know what they will like when they are high until when they are high.
If the user likes a particular activity when they are high they may not like the same activity by the next time they high, as a matter of fact they will usually like it a little less than the previous time.
Lastly, people experience highness in different ways, so they recommendations of someone with a similar taste to the user's own can be on point at first but become inappropriate along the line.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 years ago
Samuel Bello I don't know, I believe you are able to recognize things that will be enjoyable while under the influence even while you are sober.
And that's why the repository would exist, to give you new options so that you do not need to repeat activities.
Finally, that is true of any suggestions, ultimately, it will still be up to you to decide.
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