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Fiction

Fiction as myth is humanity’s first form of collaborative, cultural self-simulation.

Clear boundaries between systems of belief and proven facts might forever be intricately indeterminate but the power and consequence of fiction is unquestionable.

The role and power of creative language and an unbounded (if pragmatic) technological imagination should never be misunderestimated.

The speculative forecasting of science fiction allows us to reverse engineer the generalist futures and technological contexts we might most like to inhabit or at the very least to successfully navigate, should their more dystopian descendants come to pass.

While the margin of error in all predictive technologies is endemic and variable, opening up the (literal and entropic) degrees of freedom with which we envision new or old worlds is an intellectual superpower and competitive edge when accelerating metamorphosis and complexity is irreducible.

Beyond written or spoken words and the minds that natively inhabit them, language is most certainly also an ancient species of technology and fiction is one of its often unacknowledged and yet most usefully modular, adaptive dialects.

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