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The Hedonomatrix

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Who said the road to hell, or at least dehumanisation, wasn’t fun? Late last night it coalesced in my mind as a coherent pattern, a syndrome. I christened it the Hedonomatrix. There may be other, better, names – I haven’t checked. By any name, it is now (to my mind) officially a Thing, as the millennial younglings say. A coming grand unification of unbridled consumerism, narcissism, online video entertainment, virtual reality, gaming….  Almost instant gratification of our hedonistic desires in the 3D world (triggering of floods of dopamine, the pleasure/addiction hormone)  through import megastores which provide cheap knockoffs of everything; and in the digital, increasingly virtual world, personalised low-cost, zero responsibility versions of everything – even, horribly (and yet seductively), of people – robotic sex partners, friends, slaves… It is all one movement, having one ultimate goal: everything now, everything virtually free, pay a digital rent and you get it all, and it never answers back, never demands responsibility or asks for help doing the chores. It is the Hedonomatrix. Plugged into this, who would bother to go out and vote, let alone argue politics in a badly heated hall? Who would bother going out to amateur theatre or craft shows or art exhibitions, when the very best ever produced is available when and if (only if) I want it, and otherwise it minds its own business, does not intrude into my hedonistic bubble?

And even this is only a temporary compromise. The Hedonomatrix client is really just filling in time until the digital Heaven is available, when we can upload our entire consciousness into the virtual AI-generated world where we will all have perfect ‘bodies’, never get sick or grow old, and are essentially Gods and Goddesses, living in endless gratification of our every imagining.

Could this actually be a good thing? Only if the powers that create it are benign, AND only if the powers that created our 3D existence in the first place are not – or were merely blind forces of swirling atoms and energy fields. I can’t believe this, mainly because if we are products of blind forces, our very minds are too and have no reason to trust logical intuition, or ethical intuition, or any thoughts our brains may have. And where in the blind swirl of atoms, does consciousness arise? No, the Consciousness, the understanding of reason and good and evil, is prior to these atoms, and therefore has its reasons for creating matter, this whole complex we call the Universe.

So, let’s keep true to the meaning of the Earth, this amazing mixed 3D existence, with all its trials and learnings, and resist the sickly sweet allure of the amoral digital heaven we are being offered. Let us be real men and real women, and explore the deep, divine meaning of our lives, and seek true happiness, not in the dopamine of hedonism but in ordered responsible (serotonin producing) learning, loving and creating. I realized last night that the main obstacle to my Lifegym idea (see www.lifegym.nz) is this growing addiction to the hedonomatrix. Why go work out creatively in 3D with others of like mind and all their flaws too, when we can just plug in to the hedonomatrix? Sigh… is it doomed?

(See ‘The Hacking of the American Mind’ for much more on the seductive consumerist addiction spiral of dopamine chasing versus the disciplined happiness path which produces serotonin, the ‘happiness hormone’)

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My Qor Philosophy

Well, the big stuff always goes to the background like mountains. We need to climb the darned things or at least one of them,  if we are ever to reach our peak…

So, I was sick yesterday and as often happens to me, I started philosophising with unusual candour. I.e., reckless abandon and self-honesty. At my core, or ‘Qor’ to use my neologism (see my game of the life process at qor.co.nz)  is the passion for clarity and nobility of mind and life. The quest for the Qor, the mainspring, the One Thing that justifies all existence for me. So, I thought about the place I had visited here in Whangarei called the Quarry. On a high ledge of the old quarry folk in former years have built shapes and walls and arches, now lying in the weeds like ancient ruins. I was inspired to resurrect this place as a place of philosophy art and and ferrocement…

My philosophy school wld be western systematic, peripatetic, i suppose – my take on it of course! Modules are probable, some have a book by me or another; some I would write the book of as I got into the teaching of it and responded to what came up:
How to reset your life. ‘Red Pill or Blue Pill?’: (see my post https://wizardofeutopia.com/2013/10/20/philosophy-is-the-red-pill/)  Philosophy as ‘zooming out’ from your life and seeing the thought systems that run it as a limited whole… taking the Red pill, and looking afresh at everything you know and believe – especially at the parts that are under greatest strain, which are causing you the greatest pain… So, existentially driven, not just dry theory.
i might provide sensory deprivation tanks for keen red-pillers… 🙂
How to be creative (and thrive in the ‘New Economy’). Applying the process diagram to the creative process, in the Web and the Workshop. Networking, crowdsourcing, co-creating, rapid prototyping, bootstrapping, googling. The concepts of qorflow.com.
Process and Reality the ‘tree of Life’ and the phases of process; chaos and complexity theory; the timeless reality of ‘wonderful absolutes’ underpinning all process. Peirce’s Three Universes (the Activerse Possiverse and Necessiverse).
Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and the Possible HumanHow to become ourselves.
 
The Wisdom of the (True) West – our thought heritage and why it’s worth saving. How to start a Renaissance…
Fiction and philosophy. How imagining a different life and World can change yours.
‘Love is a many-splendoured thing’. Reflections on C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves. How to avoid the fatal misconceptions about Love and avoid a lot of pain – and maybe find ‘True Love’. How to use the Tree of Life diagram to easily love everybody, including yourself.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance –  the core concepts of Quality – Romantic/Classic/Static/Dynamic – in Robert Pirsig‘s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Lila. Reflections on living dynamic lives of Quality.
Does God exist? What do  or can we mean by ‘God’? What are the arguments for God’s existence? For new definitions of God?
Meditation, Mindfulness and happiness.  Using the Qor Tree of Life board to meditate in any level and aspect of life. ‘Happiness – it’s Now or never’.
Finding your Purpose in life. Discover your process profile; your unique distribution of life energies.
you name it, i could lead a philosophical inquiry into it…
I think the Quarry in Whangarei may be the place to start…. ideally in the Upper Level, if the necessary permissions were obtained:
what do you think? isnt it so… Greek? i can imagine Plato here…
Meanwhile i am slogging away trying to catch up with my life in the maddening details of where how and what…
my old problem of too much, too many…  Ah, physician, heal thyself; philosopher, simplify thyself!

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