Hacking Hedonic Health
Stanford University Radio, KZSU airs Invincible Wellbeing, where the most taboo ideas in neuroscience, psychiatry, drug policy, and neurotech are explored. We want to enrich the conversation about hacking the hedonic treadmill, developing inexhaustible fortitude, adaptive pain control, unbound compassion, and sustainable bliss. The show is unique in that we focus on the most neglected treatments and practices.
We catalog options for pursuing potentially sustainable hedonic gains and safety nets against suffering. Topics include psychopharma, electroceuticals, psychobiotics, and anthropological explorations of mysterious spiritual/therapeutic practices. Study methodologies and meta-analyses are also examined.
Without recommending any intervention, we compare decision heuristics, describe how people are attempting to minimize risk and access treatment as they navigate a host of legal and politico-economic barriers. Topics include off-patent drugs, trials, online pharmacies, independent testing, and going abroad.
This is our philosophical segment. Can the biological substrates of suffering ever be abolished? Can people be compassionate if they've never suffered? Could such a state be evolutionarily stable? Will we create Techno-Buddhist paradise or hell? The hacks we pursue now stand to alter the trajectory of experience throughout the cosmos.