Celebrate The Future

Celebrate The Future

The Future does not really exist. Nor does The Past.

They are both fantasies created in our minds. The Future is a probabilistic simulation we run in our minds in order to help shape the world we want to live in.

The Past unlike The Future has actually happened. The Past, as represented in our mind, is a mental simulation too. Our memories are not precise records of what actually happened. They are reconstructions of what happened, with the brain and your imagination filling in most of the blanks based on your emotional connection to that past event.

We need the future. It’s a thought-experiment that triggers our curiosity. It’s a vision that will point us in the right direction on our path in life. It will trigger innovation. It will give us hope. It’s a land of more and better science. It’s warmer place where we care for each other. With out it we would never had gone to the moon or invented internet. It’s a place of magic and fantasies. And yet we long to make it real.

That is why we celebrate the future. We do it with Science Fiction and Time Travel Stories.

We need the things that aren’t real. Our brain runs on fiction. That’s why we should celebrate the good and vanquish the bad.

Lets celebrate the future!

If you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything - Marty McFly - Back To The Future

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything – Marty McFly – Back To The Future

Back To The Future Party!

We can celebrate the future in lots of different way. One of the ways that we can do this is to celebrate Back To The Future Day 21 October 2015. It is on this date that Marty McFly arrives in the future in Hill Valley. There already lots of parties planned for this that including the Marty McFly Welcome Party in the actual Hill Valley. Many cinemas the world over will celebrate this by showing 2 or 3 of the Back to future Movies on that night.

I have collects most of the links i find in my own Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1509335639389796/

Back To The Future October 21, 2015

Back To The Future October 21, 2015

This is so Awesome! I would have thought that only a couple of us here in Sweden would have thought this was cool. Now literal every city in Sweden are having a Back To The Future viewing party. I’m so psyched about this!!!

There is even a short film coming called Doc Brown Saves the World!

Also other ways to enjoy storytelling about the future is to watch Tomorrowland the movie that is out now on Blue Ray and Apple TV. And right now we are in the middle of the epic 6 episode final season of my favourite series Continuum.

And Play games that takes place in alternative futures to as a thought experiment. Like Forbidden Stars set in the Warhammer 40K universe that I got yesterday to play this October.

And it doesn’t stop by watching our favorite stories together. Plan more and better Meetups, parties, events and conferences where we meet and discuss what future we want to create together.

And do it today! Because remember the future only exist in our minds and if we don’t do it now it will never be done.

I challenge you all to dare dream up a better future and then take part in creating it! — Lord Sillion

I see you in the Future! At a celebration 🙂

/Lord Sillion
Future Philosopher

Dreamers need to stick together... Dare To Dream - Tomorrowland

Dreamers need to stick together…
Dare To Dream — Tomorrowland

Forbidden Stars represents a not so desirable future 40K years from now. Also this a thought experience of a kind.

Forbidden Stars represents a not so desirable future 40K years from now. Also this a thought experience of a kind.

Why we need Science Fiction - Star Trek FTW

Why we need Science Fiction – Star Trek FTW

Elysium [What we can Imagine –> We can Build]

This is part 3 of 4 of for the Big Summertime Storytelling I do this summer with Man of Steel, Wolverine, Pacific Rim and Elysium.

Also check out my Storytelling post on Cloud Atlas, Iron Man 3, Oblivion and Princess of Mars.

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The Elysium Future [What we can Imagine –> We can Build]

We must use Storytelling and Science Fiction to envision a new Future. And to raise important question for an ongoing dialog about the future and where we are going. We should draw parallels to our past and present to give us better picture of who we are and how we build our society. Why do we go forward?

The Elysium Future

The Elysium Future

So it was time for my 4th movie trip of the summer. Previous trips that I have discussed are Man of Steel, Pacific Rim and The Wolverine. Now it was time for the one story that would savior them all. Elysium was going to be epic judging from the imagery and visions I’ve seen. Maybe a next Matrix? Nah.

It’s a basic action story with to many logic loopholes. It’s set in a dystopic future that tries to provoke with cheap points about hell on Earth and heaven in space for the rich and powerful. On earth we have high-tech robot making facility made with human workforce in the worst Tayloristic way. Where threats of sacking is used to motivate people to do their best quality job. Not riming well with Johan Lange’s LUCKc-conept and Daniel Pink’s findings what motivates people. Elysium is also defended by a one man crazy mercenary back on Earth? Not Plausible.

Social Media is always missing from today’s Sci-Fi movies [Why is that?]

And where is the Internet and Social Media? By now everyone should have Google Lenses built into their eyes at birth with access to everyone of earth. Or at least the old and the powerful that had their inserted before the catastrophes.

“Many believe the brain separates fiction from reality. In “reality” the brains stores everything as stories. Humans are creatures of Neverland. We live in Neverland because we can’t not live in Neverland.” — Jonathan Gotschall

Yet again a disappointment. Now I am mad. A book writer would never get away with it. As I’ve said before in my post on Pacific Rim. It’s now time to use the power of Storytelling for what it is. “Profound lessons that you should internalize“. The brains already scans the story for what message to learn. If there is none or a bad one the brain still learns it. It’s time to step up that game if we are to move into the future with a Vision Worthy of the Human Race. Movie makers should listen to what Seth Godin and Neil Gaiman says. Make Good Art. When your art fails. Make Better Art. Don’t just copy old formulas. Or try to make lesser art by picking parts from other movies. Take the best parts and make something new and better. Be Bold. Make Better Art

Elysium should be about a dystopian future. But one where the Mega corporations and the Banks have taken control of Earth. They are run by some rich power-hungry Families that has taken over all power on earth, including the Military. In order for that to work they must have taken total control over the internet and Social Media. A complete Surveillance Society where you can get to anyone that as much as lifts a finger against the authority. Rebels can only make a resistance in rogue secret networks using the network against itself with supreme hacker skills. On Earth we have a complete chaos on an environmental disastrous planet where focus for the masses consists in finding clean water and food for the day. The Powerful remains in power with the help of the Robot Armies of the Mega Corporations with drones everywhere as human soldiers couldn’t be trusted. — Now that is better plot in the right direction. Maybe I should help Hollywood out?

Neil Gaiman - Make Better Art!

Neil Gaiman – Make Better Art!

We have a responsibility to tell better stories! Business as usual won’t cut it on Earth anymore. When making this huge Sci-Fi Storytelling Projects we have a responsibility to put together a large team of Futurist that can try to imagine and show us what one or another future might look like depending on what path we trod down. Make Better Art! Make Better Stories!

Stories I love [Continuum, Dollhouse and Hemlock Grove]

“I can’t change the past but I’m here hoping to change the future” — Jim Martin, Continuum

Well the summer wasn’t a complete dry on good Storytelling. I got to see 3 great TV-Series. First was the second season of Continuum. It really makes me think about what future we want to create and that Mankind can do it together. The season finale is just Epic for a true mind.

“Change the Architecture of the Future Change the Architect of the Future” — Jason, Continuum

Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse also really grew on me as I was watching season 1 on Netflix. The final episode “Epitaph” was also Epic Storytelling.

Why what’s your fantasy? Oh. I’m okay right here in the real world, thanks. No, no, you have a fantasy, okay? We all do. We need it to survive. — Doll House

Both are just the way a “Real” Sci-Fi show should be. Just on the border of being to complex. It should have you sitting on the edge of the sofa or even standing up, mind racing and heart beating faster. Challenging us to keep up all the time 🙂 And finally we have Hemlock Grove also on Netflix. A very nice story about Werewolfs and other magic set in a small town in Pennsylvania in the spirit of Twin Peaks and Vampire Diaries. With a huge secret plot that is revealed a little piece at the time.

Ouroboros & Yin Yang

Ouroboros & Yin Yang

In both Hemlock Grove and Continuum is also the mention of Ouroboros. I saw the episodes on the same night and it freaked me out 🙂

Why is Storytelling Important?
What we can Imagine –> We can Build
— Lord Sillion

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Check out Jason Silva below on why Cinema is so fantastic 🙂

Crafting My Future

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Inspiration and Muse [No Fate?]

I’m currently doing research and crafting a blog about me crafting my own future. In this my 2 greatest sources of inspirations the podcasts RSA and London Real. If you haven’t seen or heard him start with checking out Jason Silva at London Real and check out his new Shots of Awe.

Apart from Inspiration I also need a Muse. To get me into the right mode. And here I’m watching the second season of Continuum at the moment.

“Nobody can tell us who we are, Julian. We create our own future, that’s the only destiny that there is.” — Alec, Continuum

Holistic Thinking Ninja

Holistic Thinking Ninja – The Futurist Lord Sillion

Here is my Review of Episode 9 “Seconds” on Season 2

The Myth of Pure Evil [The Storytelling Way]

Kiera here is the victim of the Myth of Pure Evil. She believes that all has the right to second chance except the true devils. Future Julian may be a monster who sees that the end justifies the means. But he still believes that he is doing the right thing. Himself being a victim to the myth of pure evil. This Episode really brings forth that this show itself is not the victim to the myth of pure evil. Even if it has set up much of the narrative around Kiera as being the good cop fighting evil criminals.

I just love how Continuum makes me think about my own future and my own fate. Can I craft it as I go along? For me this is one of the better philosophical shows in along with Revenge, SuitsThe Borgias, Doll House, Battlestar Galatica, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and of course Game of Thrones 🙂

Read more about The Myth of Pure Evil from Roy Baumeister and Jonathan Haidt.

Also check out the podcast Liber 8 their talk about this episode Show 045 – 2×09 Seconds

“Our principals are the only line between order and chaos” — Carlos, Continuum

The Crafting Architect [Let’s Make the Future a Collaborative Effort]

In the spirit of crafting the Future together the fans of the show has until 29 July to help decide how the story should evolve. In favor of #Liber8Now or #1FutureOurWay. Check out the Campaign and do your vote. So if you aren’t up to speed to last episodes you are in for one hell of a Weekend 🙂

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Invest in Your Future #Blogg100

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What can you do every day? [Theseus Day]

Find many of the Tips here under Journaling.

MuggShot

Today started with my own session on WebCoast. I have collected all my insights from this and my other 2 blogs. From them I have selected some that will make you a better person. More Cretive, Thinking about your future, Mindful about the Present. Getting up and Exercise more.

You can see my whole session i Swedish in this 3 parts on Bambuser:

Del 1
Del 2
Del 3

Increase your Creativity and and become a better Version of yourself

Here are my blogs that Cover some of the Topics

Increase your Intelligence and Challenge Yourself
Oxytocin
Befriend everyone
Active – Constructive Relations
MoonWatch and Stargaze together
Teach our children and adults with Storytelling

Be mindful about what is important for you
Become a better version of you
Life is a Game
Fail, Adapt and Iterate
Use Moral Reminders to lie less
Have Fiero Moments

End of the Road

The Best session today was from Dr PO and Johan Lange. It’s about Earth Society version 3.0. See it blow in Swedish. We have come to the end of the old society. There are 3 inevitable ways we can change to a new one. Preferable The Networked Society. One thing is sure: We have come to the end of the road. We are are either learning how to fly or we are going to crash hard. The Change Scenarios are:

1. Catastrophe
2. Crusade
3. Small iterating steps

Theseus Day

Theseus Day is the day in Contimuum that started it all. With out spoiling it I can say that it triggers all kind thoughts around Fate, Destiny, Free Will and a deterministic Universe. If You haven’t seen the show I can really recommend it if you can find it. It’s a little bit cheesy and as usual in most Science Fiction there is very little talk about Social Media and The Network Society.

Anyhow. Referring to  the 3 scenarios above. There will come a day that you will instantly know that this is the day that a big change will begin to happen. What are your thoughts about it?

This summer the 3 of us will go to Almedalen and set up shop. There we will bring more light on the subject. Changing Sweden and the education of it’s new citizens.

@LordSillion

Cloud Atlas [Is your life a Drop in the Bucket?] #Blogg100

I have now seen Cloud Atlas several times and it is the best movie to come out in many years IMHO. The  Wachowskis did such great job not selling out to the false assumption that storytelling is just dumb entertainment. Read this Interview with them about it: The Wachowskis explain how Cloud Atlas unplugs people from the Matrix. Storytelling always has been and always will be at the heart of what it is to be human. And Cloud Atlas is a masterpiece in telling a fine story about what is important in life as I will discuss below.

Also check out why I think Storytelling is so important in my posts about Elysium and Pacific Rim

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Do our choices define us? [Agency and Kindness]

So the big question this movie asks me is:

Do our choices define us?
Or are they just a rationalization of the mind who can do nothing but apply agency to everything?

Composing is a crusade. Sometimes you slay the dragon. Sometime it slays you

Composing is a crusade. Sometimes you slay the dragon. Sometime it slays you

Life Deeds

Batou

Batou

I’ll start with a quote from my favorite character in the movie Ghost in the Shell.

“That’s all it is: information. Even a simulated experience or a dream; simultaneous reality and fantasy. Any way you look at it, all the information that a person accumulates in a lifetime is just a drop in the bucket.” — Batou, Ghost in The Shell

This is the movie that inspired the Wachowski brothers the most when making The Matrix. So here we are moving our focus right back at the latest Wachowski movie: Cloud Atlas and one of the best quotes:

“Haskell Moore: There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive, if you join them you and your entire family will be shunned. At best you will exist at pariah to be spat at and beaten, at worse to be lynched or crucified. And for what, for what, no matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.
Adam Ewing: What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?”

All the drops in this world

A far bigger pond of Drops. And yet we get the feeling that when moving together we can create the greatest of waves. As we can see in the next 2 quotes

“Dr. Henry Goose: Our lives and our choices, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Yesterday my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Fear, belief, love, phenomena that determined the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue long after we perish. Yesterday, I believe I would have never have done what I did today. I feel like something important has happened to me. Is this possible?

“The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own, from womb to tomb, we’re bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” — Sonmi-451

Your whole life is just a Story [From Womb to Tomb]

Weeeee. I just love this kind of Stories and what they carry with them to me 🙂
And why is it that so many movie critics and reviewers often seem to forget that it’s all about the Storytelling.
I blog more about the importance of storytelling in: Engage in Storytelling and This is Your Story. And that all your brain experiences of the world from “from womb to tomb” is just stories.

“Some say to believe in destiny is to dismiss the role of free will.
That Self-determination cannot prevail in the presence of fate.
When the Truth is, the only part of destiny we can control,
is the fate we choose for another.” — Emily Thorn, Revenge

Emily Thorne

Emily Thorne

I think that we must be kind to each others in our choices and in our actions. Kindness will ripple through the Networked society and just maybe, just maybe, it will conquer Greed and Corruption. At least it is a Crusade worth going on. An Epic Quest to be proud of.

Now you must continue to make your choices and tell your story. And remember that you do not make your choices nor tell your story alone. You do this together with others.

@LordSillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Do you have a Contingency plan? #Blogg100

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Why Hearts and Minds?

“Hearts and minds… Far more effective than bombs and guns…” — Continuum

I have been watching 6 episodes of Continuum so far. In the future Mega-Corporations has taken over the role of nations and rule all without insight. A small group of rebels travel back in time make sure that future does not become like this. I like Science Fiction that makes me think. And now they started to whip up a message in this one too.

We need to hold everyone who plunder the world for their own personal or corporate gain accountable.

It’s time for a new society. How can we get this message across to those who don’t want to listen? By hiding it in stories like this 🙂

“If you want to burrow a message into a human mind. Work it into a story” — Jonathan Gottschall

I blog more about this in my 2 other blogs:

#21 Engage in Storytelling and This is your story

Shaping the Future

Continuum is also about shaping your own future. There is a META discussion about this in the show. How the time travel perspective can make you think about shaping your own future. It is all very interesting and philosophical. It presses all my buttons as a Futurist (I am two parts Future-Philosopher, one part Strategist, one part Network Ninja and one part Change-Agent).

Do we have any Contingency plans for our future? Do you?

The Quest for our Fututre. Do we have a Contingency plan?

The Quest for our Future. Do we have a Contingency plan?

@LordSillion