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Somafera, Madspace, and Low-Tech Transhumanism
Advanced Psymech Eureka Technique
Mad Scientists
My Story
What It's Like
Basic Techniques For Encouraging Madspace
The Eureka Technique
Psymech Eureka Technique: Overview
Basic Psymech Eureka Technique
Intermediate Psymech Eureka Technique
Advanced Psymech Eureka Technique
Historical Mad Scientists

The psymech approach can make the eureka technique even more potent by taking advantage of the mind's need for answers. The need to have questions answered forces the brain to pull from out of the subconscious mind likely seeming responses to any question it hears. If the brain has been properly seeded then this will more likely than not be some sort of revelation about the problem or subject of study you are focused on. It will encourage the mind to subconsciously figure things out even faster.

This can be done by mixing the right sorts of questions into the seeding stage while performing the intermediate technique. In addition to asking yourself how the subject you are seeding your mind with can be seen as a duality (Eg: “how does this problem look as one whole thing?” “What are its parts?”) ask these questions:

Consider the problem that you are trying to get into madspace to solve. Consider your own feelings in regard to it. See yourself as full of both understanding and confusion. Ask yourself, “What about this problem makes me feel these things?” Picture yourself as full of happiness and sadness both and ask the same question. Happiness and anger or frustration might work also. The important element is that this question be asked in regard to the problem and one or more matched pairs of opposite emotions.

As you perform this ritual, you will start to have flashes of emotion, or images, or thoughts occur to you, seemingly out of nowhere. Consider the problem you are currently focused on and these things that you experienced. Ask yourself, “How does that (experience/thought) fit into what I am thinking about now?”

Look also at some point of your past. Your childhood, maybe. Earlier in the day, perhaps. Look also at your present self engaged in solving the problem. Ask yourself, “How did I get from there to here?”

If you have spiritual beliefs, ask “Which spirits/spiritual forces are near me and which are further away that I will meet later?” If you are not spiritually inclined, substitute some analogous concept for spirits or spiritual forces. Looking for Jungian Archetypes might be appropriate, or aspects of the higher self, or even universal truths.

Additionally, picture yourself as struck by the eureka moment; understanding the problem and also being aware of things you don't know. Ask yourself, “How did I get from starting this problem to this?”

As you ask each question, give yourself a moment and let yourself react, but do not take more than a moment. There may be a tendency for you to get a quick flash of an answer to your question. Perhaps it is a simple feeling. Perhaps it is an actual image that forms in your mind. Perhaps it is nothing but a feeling something has happened. The important thing is to let them occur but do not react to them. Do not consider them. Pay them no special attention.

After this set of three questions has been run through start the process over again. Use different thoughts and emotions, though still thoughts and emotions that have to bear on the problem you are working on. Keep repeating this process until either you enter madspace or hit burnout. The key is to never let your mind linger on your reactions or on trying to picture things, just keep applying the process.

The questions help with overload even more, of course. But they not only encourage metanoia by the processes explained in the “Need For Answers” section, the last question has an additional mechanism built into it. It forces the mind to try to be aware of what it is not aware of. This paradox defies categorizing thought, and so encourages the conscious mind to become tied up and shut down, and the doubt and uncertainty it induces encourage the mind to relax and observe, all of which encourages deeper trance.

The questions about spiritual forces encourage the mind to think archetypally, which is to say in a manner which is both broad and tending to be true in many different circumstances. This encourages the mind to think the problem through even where it lacks details. It encourages thinking by analogy, which has always been the way humans come to grips with new and unfamiliar thoughts.

The questions about the past try to keep hold of previous flashes of insight, from earlier in the technique, and mix them in with what is currently in the mind. This allows the instinctive guesses and hunches about solution to become mixed up. If they match, they will reinforce each other, and become “louder” mental processes, more able to attract the conscious attention. If they do not match they will tend to compete for attention and both be forgotten. Random guesses and wrong answers will rarely match, for there are VERY many wrong, random answers. There are very few right answers, generally, and they will tend to match. Therefore by mixing up different instincts/hunches this way, odds are that over time the guesses that are a little right tend to reinforce each other and build on each other until they are a lot right. Guesses/instincts that are wrong tend to be ignored and vanish from the mind. As this is applied over several iterations of this technique thiese questions encourage the images and guesses to become ever more accurate. In short, it helps this technique to actually perform as an optimization algorith. (Or “hill-climbing problem” or “search algorithm” as it is sometimes called.)

The questions about the past also tend to get the mind thinking in terms of cause and effect in a way that can be extrapolated from. It helps to find new connections between old memories and the current problem that might kick loose inspiration.

Of course, the dualistic imaging of the problem/subject of study help with gestaltic imaging by seeing the problem from many different points of view.

The fact that no question or reaction is ever focused on or dwelt on helps keep burnout from happening. The fact that the perspective on the focus of the technique constantly shifts while the central focus never does produces further gestaltic imaging effects.

There are many other ways that these questions encourage the mind via simple mechanical effect into stumbling upon the unitary state of madspace, but a full analysis would be overly complex and space-consuming.

The advanced technique also really encourages metanoia to be reached as quickly as possible when the bodymind starts triggering the metanoia. As each opposite pole of the rhythm corresponds to a different thought or perspective, as this technique is played out, the merging of rhtythms together with the state of mind the questions encourage lead the mind to find connections between the different perspectives, parts of the problem, questions, physical acts, and bodymind states.

Overall, the psymech eureka technique is a kind of search algorithm that searches the subconscious mind, encouraging clues and triggers for madspace to occur to the conscious mind. It mixes the mind up and pulls it into unity in the very act of searching. 

Each question, each breath, each tensing of the muscles, everything, reaches out to one aspect or another of the mind. Each finds natural rhythms in the bodymind, rhythms that produce good responses, and reinforces them. By feeling them out, you learn to feel how to bring them together, synch them up, until they are working harmonically. Once they achieve harmony then there is a very strong chance the eureka moment or full-blown madspace will be found.