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Here are brief descriptions on every section of the site:
From the homepage you can access all the different sections. Also there is an overview of latest and popular articles, as well as the tag cloud. In it, the size of each keyword represents an estimation of the number of times the word has been found in the articles' metadata tags (relatively to other ones).
Some material from the news section will be displayed in the homepage's content area, in particular tutorials releases.
Also, don't forget: each section has its own RSS feed; don't hesitate to subscribe to anyone of them, in order to get a dynamic bookmark in your browser that will be updated as soon as the section on the site is updated.
News & Latest Articles
Here we'll post either on (what we consider) huge breakthroughs in mainstream research (it'll probably be less often than you might think), or alerts about such or such mainstream event that requires particular awareness and discriminating judgment. We'll also communicate on important additions to the library, tutorials in particular. And maybe some other things, depending on necessity and the randomness of the flow of events.
YOU ARE HERE, DUDE!
The newbies’ section contains an overview of what we're doing and how, the site map you're looking at, members' descriptions and testimonies on neurohacking, and a short guide on how to approach our material in the way that best suits you.
This bit is about giving you a hint on the neurohackers' spirit and vision of what we could call an "ideal way of life in the best possible world".
If you still ask yourself questions about neurohacking, have a look there, your question(s) might have already been answered. If not, don't hesitate to drop a little post in the forums (you need to register to do this).
In this section you will find places that we recommend for diverse reasons, sometimes in totality, sometimes only in parts. Each link is presented along with a short review of the material. We're thinking of a ranking system...
If you know your keywords and you’ve come looking for something specific, the best place to start is with the search function. See the last page of 'newbies' - “Practice & Variations”- for a list of the most important things to learn about first.
By the way, we are outrageously proud to present you the "NHAR system". Articles in the library have a rating system that indicates you what material we consider as the most important to get acquainted with first. All articles are tagged with a “NHAR” number (NHA Rating). The most important articles are tagged with the keyword “NHAR1” (the second most important are tagged “NHAR2”, and so on). If you use these terms in search or in the tag cloud, you'll just get the most important articles. For the most recent articles or those from a particular period, use the date as a keyword. Look out, the search function accepts only 3 characters words at least.
The core of our work. We have here the largest library of information about neurohacking available online. There is a section for each main area of study. Inside each section is an introductory document like this one, sometimes with a guide, and all the articles relating to that section. Be aware that some files are to be approached as "classified material".
What Are Classified Files?
We encourage personal censorship of your own input by yourself in your own best interests, as we believe that YOU should be responsible for what you choose to read.
Files are classified when it has been discovered from experience that they are not suitable input for all persons. This means you need to know whether they are suitable for you, so you should read their introductions and decide for yourself from the information given to you whether or not you want to read on.
A file is classified 'Sensitive' if it may not be suitable for people who do not yet have anxiety control and good emotional stability. Basically a sensitive file contains information that makes some people freak out. The most common bad reaction is panic, denial, hatred and anger.
A file is classified 'Confidential' if it contains material that should not be shared outside the site and we are trusting you to keep the information only between members within the group. Confidential files may contain inventions or ideas not intended for mainstream circulation or research materials that can be used privately for research, for example details of personal medical histories, counselling session notes, therapy discussions, research results, data not yet published or archived, results of psychology tests, functional analyses etc. It is illegal in many places to fileshare or publish personal medical information without permission outside the research group/s it is intended for and NHA accepts no responsibility for any results of you doing this.
A file is classified 'Top Secret' if it contains information that is for responsible advanced students' use only, for example working with dangerous chemicals, wireheading, untried or in-trial hacking techniques or drugs. While students may view some of these files for learning purposes you are advised NOT to try anything out unless you have sufficient knowledge and experience to know what you are doing. This is your mind you are messing with, unacceptable risks are not worth taking and NHA accepts no responsibility for any results of you taking them.
The tutorials are situated in a sub-section of the library where you'll find the Intal program for Intelligence Augmentation in itself, along with an introductive document to this program.
Interaction is essential for developing intelligence. The forum is a matrix for interaction. It’s a safe space (flamer, spam and troll-free) where there is plenty of energy and input. Guests may read but are not allowed to post at The Bay forum, so you don't need to be a member in order to interact with us. However, as a guest you won't have access to all the forum's features like posting new topics or polls, private messaging and to other more specific forums (or just in read-only mode).
The main location for those of us who want to work out specific neurohacking issues like anxiety control, emotional balance, meditation techniques, bio and neuro feedback, mind machines and so on, is called: The Lab. It is a working place, so guests may access our discussions but they won't be able to post.
Other forums exist for long-term residents, Homeworld members and for the station's crew, although their access is restricted to trusted members (and therefore requires you to be logged in).
NHA forum rules are very simple: No Coercion, and Keep the Core Conditions.
Core Conditions are: empathy, genuineness (honesty) and unconditional respect. Carl Rogers' Core Conditions are mainstream science, all over the web, and a major feature on the NHA site. It isn't difficult to keep them, even if you don't yet understand them or why they are used. You can start to learn more about them in the Basics section of the library.
Everything we do on NHA has a practical scientific dimension, and the forums have an extra function as an ongoing experiment into communication & behavior under core conditions. Having viewed the theory and evidence that interacting using "core conditions" produces improvements in behavior, abilities and intelligence, we would like to see for ourselves how well it works in practice, in real life. This also gives students the opportunity to chart our own progress over time in correlation with data from discourse analysis, interactional analysis and various other tools.
In the workshop we will publish more personal productions from our members. We intend to encourage everyone to be creative and channel their creativity towards the different issues we're dealing with.
In this section, you'll find graphical approaches of our material. One is dedicated to the scientific approach, that is to say graphs, models, diagrams and so on. Another is dedicated to the artistic approach and will receive the graphic production of the workshop.
This is a menu dedicated to the Homeworld network, which consists mainly in bringing offline - on the very Earth - the way of life, the values, the culture, the methods and behaviors we're outlining here online. We have chosen to implement this network through the creation of Embassies distributed around the world.
If neurohacking is "not for wimps", then Homeworld is "not for wimps²", and we require from the members an actual commitment to the practical realisation of Homeworld objectives, that's why we don't automatically register new neurohackers members to the Homeworld network. It must be a well-thought-through personal decision, and you don't have to do that to get interaction and friendship, if you don't really want to. This menu allows Homeworld members to access the Homeworld introductive material which will give all the information needed to make ... well, an informed choice.
This is a menu that appears once you're logged in. From it you can access your profile information, upload a picture for your avatar, and so on.
A Few Tips on How to Use the Site's Features
Our site is powered by the Joomla CMS (Content Management System), so if you happened to have already navigated on such websites, you will find it quite familiar to wander through the material. However, most sections aren't displayed in the classic "blog layout" of most websites made with Joomla. So this bit will be useful for everybody.
On this site, what we call "our material" is presented in articles, sorted by sections and categories inside each section. For example, you got the 'Neurohacking' section inside which you got the following categories: Basics, Nutrition, Disorders & Problems, Spirituality, Tutorials, and so on. When you click on a category's name, articles are displayed as a list on the category's page, and from there you may access articles through which you may navigate. BUT! Little subtlety here... articles may have several pages, and you may also navigate between the pages of a same article. So, the most important thing to remember when you're reading an article with several pages, in order to avoid confusion, is this:
Concerning the question of how articles are sorted inside a category, well... in fact you decide. The default sorting (in most categories) is "the most recent first" but if you click on columns' titles on the category's page's list, you will sort the articles along that column (once ascendingly, once descendingly). For example, click on 'Article Title' to sort the articles alphabetically.