Now that you have explored all of the previous camps, it is time to take stock.
Camp Hedonism taught you that you sometimes should in fact go for it when you see an immediate opportunity to feel happy. At the same time, you later saw that this being your only strategy leads to a downward spiral of endlessly chasing immediate pleasures.
Camp Psychiatry taught you that your target should be that of maximizing the area under the curve of your happiness. It also articulated the virtues of trust, friendship, and expertise in order to maximize the help you receive from others. Alas, some of its solutions turned out to at times cause a lot more harm than good, and happiness here does seem to have a ceiling: whatever conventional happiness is.
Camp Wholesome taught you that love is an immensely more powerful force and a renewable source of healing and happiness if you know how to kindle and cultivate it. That said, you realized that sometimes communities that hold this as their core strategy would fail in illegible ways, and you noticed you could run out of gas (motivation) in practical tasks involving other people.
Camp Paleo taught you that many of the problems that we face with mental health can be traced back to the mismatch between our evolved design specifications and our super-stimuli-filled modern environment. If we were a pet monkey someone would be calling animal protection services. A keen awareness of this problem allows us to set up organizations for success and ourselves for sustained long-term motivation. But you wanted more. Why settle for happiness if superhappiness is on the table?
Camp Energy taught you that specific kinds of judiciously applied patterns of energy applied to the nervous system can do something akin to removing plaque. A well-maintained nervous system is one that has clean energy channels, and this is the key to experiencing life to a much fuller extent. At the same time you noticed that the camp lacked a scientific framework to make sense of why some therapies work and why other ones don’t.
Camp Self-Organization taught you that there is a deep and non-trivial reason why specific kinds of energy application could lead to the beneficial refactoring of the nervous system. That indeed, it fits into a coherent framework of self-organizing principles, which can simultaneously explain the success of therapies, and perhaps even more importantly, be a generator for the discovery of future therapies.
And so here you are. The place where you left off, Camp Self-Organization, is a very advanced foundation for the cultivation of superhappiness. And as it stands, this is already quite extraordinary. But, aiming to conquer not only the heights of human mental health, but to peer into heaven itself, you have to realize that Camp Self-Organization has yet some way to go. It lacks a fundamental theory of phenomenal binding (how the pieces of your experience are related to each other), a complete and universal theory of what makes experiences feel good or bad (valence), and a deep understanding of the state-space of possible qualia varieties (such as color, the experience of time, smells, and all the rest). And without this, you will not be able to create the best world possible: paradise.
So here we stand, facing the open-ended future. And while we do not pretend to have the answer, we would like to call your attention to the following. There is a very common error in futurism: to take a single exciting technology, imagining what it would look like in a mature form, and then placing that mature form in the world as it currently is. But the truth is that by the time that technology would be fully mature, many other technologies and social changes will also have already happened. More so, these disparate technologies will all have been synergizing and interacting with each other along the way. So the real future looks completely different - unimaginable, incredible, unfathomable from our point of view.
So the future does not contain only one of the following innovations taken all the way. It contains all of them, and their complex interactions. That’s what makes it so hard to imagine. That’s why it is truly an open-ended problem. But among the things we expect it to feature prominently, we have: Free-wheeling hallucinations, generalized Wada tests, psychedelic turks, self-organizing principles for brain-computer-interfaces, fine-grained cellular control, adaptive drug delivery, and clockwork-precision valence-meters. The future, as you can imagine, is incomprehensible to our current selves.
So this path you have crossed so far is just the very start of your journey. Where you take this, is up to you. With all of these tools you have learned across each camp you are now equipped to begin building. Building what? Frameworks, visions, organizations, projects, and blueprints of paradise! Come join us in the task of Paradise Engineering. It is everything you ever imagined and so, so much more.