You use gaming as an example, eg. "epic contexts", can you explain?
I think that if we can place ourselves in a certain perspective that imbues our life with a sense of epicness and cosmic significance, I think that that is again another one of those self reinforcing feedback loops. It's like you wake up every morning and you make a choice to be optimistic or to be positive. And then what happens is everything you come across within your life somehow fits into this positivity paradigm you have created. We are pattern making creatures. So if we can determine where we are going to find the patterns instead of being paranoid, we become pronoid, which is the belief that everything is working out in your favour, which is an interesting way of being positive, but... I am not saying I am convinced of that, but I do believe that we can create epic context for ourselves that make our lives more meaningful and we can draw upon meaning from. I think that people always relied on religion to give their lives a sense of narrative and unfolding and importance but I think that increasingly we need to see ourselves in this context of human technology co-evolution and tell ourselves: Look at humanity, look at humanity in the long view, look at how humanity transcends its boundaries. Look how humanity is now mastering biology with biotechnology. Humanity is now going to reverse engineer biology itself. I think that those epic contexts are not just important, but I think they are vital. They are existentially vital. At least they are for me. And I try to parlay that on people whenever I get to go to these conferences and events that call themselves 'digital conferences' or future conferences or technology conferences. But at the end of the day, technology is our exoskeleton. So when we are talking about the future of technology, we are really talking about the future of humanity. And I think for this reason, the future of humanity is a narrative that requires and deserves an epic context.
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