Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Myth Dispelling - Does it matter when its all abstracted anyway?

There are many videos out that dispell myths in RPGs and bring a lot more detail and understanding into the game. For me, these highlight fundamental physics or sciences that work beneath the distracting stimuli of "cool moves".

Although, I think about it - does it matter? Its weird because, many who come to the information change their world view and try to model and adopt their view considering the new information... but then there are many more where it doesn't matter at all. I guess its that cognitive disconnect where something you may value is not value by others and it creates that difficult to swallow realization that should be normal but never gets easy.

Whats funny is that, that dose of information is addicting to some and leads them down a dangerous path of experimentation and SCIENCE! From my anecdotal experience, those are very few people and "No ones got time for that" in the end of the day, many rules are still the same and the tactics and conclusions that are drawn from those flawed assumptions become stranger and stranger with each iteration or every "bound" of rationality. It becomes so alien, but because we grew up and adapted to this environment - like perceptual adaption, this is the only way to see the world and to change from it is dizzying, strange and worse of all - lonely.

You can say statistics, game theory, and information theory model instances of being a lonely outlier fraught with some many biases and fears - no one wants to be on the outside looking in - anyway its just a few made up rules of an imagination game - there is no harm in it.

Still many more myths are dispelled and many people begin to wonder about what they are doing and trying to reconsider if they there is another way of doing this, is there a detail that has more weight in the circumstance than first assumed.

In the randomness of epiphany, many things mattered only for a moment, to be forgotten and overcome  and consumed by loneliness (the fear of a mental state that would lead to more isolation).  It stopped mattering, and we are back to playing for an audience of our peers, having completely forgotten what was that thing that was bothering you when the rules made a call to the circumstance.

So its a meditative post on the conflict of various mental pursuits and compromising our vision with those of others. Taking into account our cognitive biases this is not a bad or good thing - its a difficult circumstance that is confusing because of how basic it is a problem as part of any decision making.

It only needs to matter to you. Dispel the myth, and have it reach an audience and let them decide if it matters to them.

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