EF36 (AMA-EF12): Pyrrhic Victory and Finding the 10% of Your Mind that Defines Who You Are — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF12

(EF36) AMA-EF12: Pyrrhic Victory and Finding the 10% of Your Mind that Defines Who You Are Ask Me Anything for Episode EF12

EF36 (AMA-EF12): Pyrrhic Victory and Finding the 10% of Your Mind that Defines Who You Are — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF12

PLAY | DOWNLOAD The human mind is engraved with a false belief that success is heaven and failure is hell. Sigmund Freud believed our unconscious thoughts and desires define us. So maybe, heaven is a place where the unconscious desires define us, but not control us and hell… well, just look at the commercials. More...

Episode EF36 Summary

Spoiler alert: You’re about to listen to an Ask Me Anything (AMA) of Episode EF12, which was Season 1, Episode 10 of the Evolve Faster Podcast titled Wired to Fail: Leveling Up in the Game of Life.  The driving question of this episode (and this AMA) for you to think through is … What defines us? It’s a fascinating question that actually has surprisingly little research or philosophical investigation.

As a reminder about Episode EF12: Infuriated by the risk-averse approach of his company, Vihaan Raid decides to design his latest game on his own. A widely renowned game developer known to the gaming world as “Koji,” believes he can entirely change how humans see life with his radical new video game concept. He teams up with a respected psychologist to make sure his vision will manipulate the human psyche as he suspects it will—a critical factor to the game’s potential. As Koji slowly reveals secretive details of his mysterious concept, Isaac becomes more and more suspicious of the game’s true intentions.

The tenth episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode is driven by the big question What defines us? We define ourselves as human beings, creations of nature. But as we’re tapping in technology more and more, will the definition of what is human need an update?

To peek behind the curtain of Episode EF12, we’ll dissect the following submitted questions:

  • Why does failure build up the thrill of success?
  • Is this chip implant thing possible? Can humans merging with technology help to define ourselves?
  • Do you have a plan to transfer your content to different media?
  • When I do the thought experiment, I can’t figure out what my 10% is… what does that mean about me?
  • Are there categories/tips that can help me define myself?
  • How did Koji help ppl if there was no coin?
  • What is the history of Pyrrhic victory?
  • And more…

What defines us?

The big question driving Episode EF12 is … What defines us? What have you done in your life that makes you feel proud? Although it can be anything — from having a satisfying job to a blossoming relationship with a person you love, we often don’t know what defines us. It’s not as easy as its three simple words imply.

Put another way, if you had to give up everything in your mind and only rebuild it with 10% of what’s currently in it, which parts would you consider worthy of keeping? And is it the contents of our minds or our actions that define us? This is a question deeply pondered by the world’s philosophers and the protagonist of Episode EF12 is plagued by a grandiose vision of how we might find an answer to this age old question for everyone.

Into The Rabbit Hole

SHOW NOTES: This episode is dedicated to Hideo Kojima. See the EF36 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more.

ABOUT THE EVOLVE FASTER PODCAST: Everything is changing, yet the questions that drive us remain the same. Will humanity face the absurdity of our collective existential crisis in time? Join Scott Ely as he takes us deep into the rabbit hole with philosophical tales to reboot your mind, upgrade your life and explore your soul. To Evolve Faster is to see the fact that you will die someday as a formidable challenge, instead of a source of immense fear. Create your reality…before it creates you. Isn’t it time for an upgrade? More episodes…

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