Re: The Matrix's "Two Pills scene" as a "Threshold to Adventure" scene

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Thu Mar 30 2000 - 03:54:00 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> writes:

> See, now that's just what I mean! There isn't any of this great,
> dramatic indecision and hesitation. The correct choice is usually an
> order of magnitude better than any alternative, and obviously so; I can
> recall only one or two major decisions in my life when this was not the
> case, and neither of them were transhumanism-related. (And hey, if you
> make the wrong decision, you make the wrong decision. Obsessing over it
> won't help.) I read _Great Mambo Chicken_ when I was eleven, and I did
> not "decide" that my life would be about ultratechnology; I simply knew
> that it would be.
> There was never a point, in all my life, where I could have plausibly
> refused the quest.

You too? I think the same holds true for me - I have as far as I can
remember (plus some supporting evidence from my parents from earlier
periods) been aimed at space, ultratech and going beyond the
human. Beside some theme music I have never noticed anything like the
call to adventure, I guess either we are both suffering from poor
scriptwriting, have a modernist script not using the monomyth
structure, or our lives so far have only been the beginning of the
story and the call to adventure is in our future.

Of course, we still don't know if the genre we are living in is
science fiction, thriller or socialist realism... :-)

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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