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Another video I'm upset that I didn't know about sooner:

 

 

At first I was worried he was going to talk about how cocreation could be used as a solution to mental health. Instead, he seems to be saying it can inspire mindsets leading to a mental health treatment rather than be one by itself.

 

I really like this video. I think Mr. Deo has a really reasonable take on cocreation. I doubt he's going to dive deep into cocreation research anytime soon, but it's nice to see an academic bringing up the topic.

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wow, this is the first third-party tulpa video we've seen that wasn't physically painful to watch, awesome

 

though the word "tulpamancy" definitely sounds weird to us out loud, reasonably reflecting how we've been using "-mancy" less in text

think we prefer just saying tulpa/tulpas now

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This was interesting, thank you for sharing. I like how he frames the entire thing as a meditation practice.

 

I also appreciated his grounded approach to the topic. No blind repetition of the fantastical claim that the technique was wholly developed by the ancient Tibetan Buddhists, no sensationalism about people LARPing or self-inducing schizophrenia. Just reasonable optimism seeing tulpamancy as a model of what is possible with meditation and how the principles could benefit anyone's mental health. 

 

 

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On 3/1/2024 at 6:47 AM, Ranger said:

Another video I'm upset that I didn't know about sooner:

 

 

At first I was worried he was going to talk about how cocreation could be used as a solution to mental health. Instead, he seems to be saying it can inspire mindsets leading to a mental health treatment rather than be one by itself.

 

I really like this video. I think Mr. Deo has a really reasonable take on cocreation. I doubt he's going to dive deep into cocreation research anytime soon, but it's nice to see an academic bringing up the topic.

 

I'm giving it mixed reviews. Certainly better than running down tulpamancy, but I'm troubled by a bunch of things:

 

1. He hasn't ever tried tulpamancy. I get really suspicious of people who fancy themselves more knowledgeable than people who actually live the reality they're speaking about. I liken it to a Christian speaking about the Jewish experience or a someone who has always walked talking about what it's like to use a wheelchair. At best they are not the ideal spokesperson. At worst they are stealing attention and voice from a marginalized population that is far more likely to "get it right" than they are. I'm someone of non-binary gender and I've had to suffer through too many talks by cisgender folks who claim to know what we're all about.

 

2. He seems amazed that the mind can decide to see and feel things that aren't there. He has obvious never heard of hypnosis or at least for the purposes of his talk, ignores it completely. That's troubling for someone who puts himself forward as sufficiently an expert on mind practices to merit a Ted talk.

 

3. He implies that it's widespread among tulpamancers that we do it because of mental health struggles. The correlation may be there, but he's got a causation problem.

 

4. He does not mention the plural community at all or that successful tulpamancy is a type of plurality. That seems like a glaring omission to me.

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You make some good points, @SeekingMyPlanet. He speaks pretty well about us for an outsider, but he is indeed talking from the outside.

 

45 minutes ago, SeekingMyPlanet said:

He implies that it's widespread among tulpamancers that we do it because of mental health struggles. The correlation may be there, but he's got a causation problem.

 

Yeah. Even if mental health problems often inspire people to try tulpamancy, it's by no means necessary, and it's possible for someone to try tulpamancy out of pure curiosity or any other reason.

 

I still think his speech is one of the better takes of tulpamancy for a non-tulpamancer that I've seen, but it would be nice to see someone who actually has a tulpa give this kind of talk.

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