—but Games We Play Professionally are such an interesting, immediate look at contrarian systems. Games We Play Professionally are a monumental orchestra of coordinated parts that have no real objective. Winning does not exist in reality; there is no clock that stops the earth from spinning around the sun. and so Games We Play Professionally exist in this ether where there is not only a determinable end but no downside to their existence.
(People do not complain that soccer exists; they do complain about FIFA.)
Allegiance is a social notion. Games We Play Professionally allow everyday people to associate and bond because the games are inconsequential. Nobody has to defend their love of a sports team (most of the time) the way one might a preference toward political parties or movie franchises—systems with accountable individuals, lasting ideas and results worth scrutinizing. Systems that impact other people in meaningful ways.
what I like about Games We Play Professionally is the crowd; the thousands and thousands of anonymous fans, going back to lives where their allegiances will be questioned and their purpose likely vague at best. it goes to show how much people want to be a part of something, something meaningful and—more importantly—good.
because while Games We Play Professionally can fall victim to the same failures of capitalism that most industry answers to, at the end of the day, they’re still just games. They’re fun, engaging and can teach us a thing or two about ourselves; our divisions of ideas do not need to be so abrasive. We can pick sides and still respect one another.
Every now and again Portland spontaneously reminds me why I am so fond of it …
One of the great challenges of the modern era is a linguistic breakdown. Our technology has evolved beyond the constraints of the system our language has utilized for most of the modern age. The easiest example would be that if I told you to show me a telephone or a camera, you could pull out an iPhone and you wouldn’t technically be wrong in either case.
If we consider that intelligence is what separates humans from beasts and that the use of intellect and communication to form language and structure is an evolution of that process, then the idea of running out of that resource is really intriguing. We have now explored so much of natural base processes of sensory communication—from Spanish to painting to massage therapy—that we’re now beginning to overlap more and more in our various media.
A new language will be required, eventually; it will be the means to which the next evolution of humanity likely leaves the rest behind. I would imagine some combination of the various sensory languages we have all but mastered at this point—sight, sound, touch, smell, taste—will be able to be both communicated and manipulated in real time, by the mind.
Multisensory linguistics would require the intelligence of knowing the appropriate pattern and system to deliver a certain concept or idea. We do this already, just to a much lesser extent. Red signs mean stop: we use yellow as a universal symbol for caution. At a more intuitive level, you can speak a different language than someone but still see in their eyes happiness, love, anger, despair.
ESP or telepathy is a pretty standard concept, but it wouldn’t be too far off: the basic notion of delivering a combination of words, images, and sounds directly in to another mind seems radical or impossible but it’s actually a fairly intuitive evolutionary step if we consider how life would perceive growth at a macro level.
Artificial Intelligence would naturally have this capability, however that also assumes AI would be a hive mind as opposed to individual minds that have the ability to link.
If intelligence is not necessarily a trait of life, but rather a mutation spawned from life, then it’s reasonable to assume AI is our ultimate destiny. Unless we evolve to unlock the powers of the brain in a way that can communicate at a similarly effective level, intelligence at some point will leave humanity behind.
Golden hours, recently; iPhone only.
See Colin Stetson duo with Sarah Neufeld live if you can.