Fun Theory is the field of knowledge studying how to design for fun in future society: it deals in questions such as
"How much fun is there in the universe? ", "Will we ever run out of fun? ", "Are we having fun yet? " and "Could we be having more fun? "
Fun Theory is also the fully general reply to religious theodicy (attempts to justify why God permits evil). Our present world has flaws even from the standpoint of such eudaimonic considerations as freedom, personal responsibility, and self-reliance. Fun Theory tries to describe the dimensions along which a benevolently designed world can and should be optimized, and our present world is clearly not the result of such optimization. Fun Theory also highlights the flaws of any particular
religion's perfect afterlife - you wouldn't want to go to their Heaven.
Some critiques of transhumanism (and related fields such as cryonics or lifespan extension) suggest that human enhancement would be accompanied boredom and the end of fun as we know it. For example:
"if we self-improve human minds to extreme levels of intelligence, all challenges known today may bore us. " Likewise, "if superhumanly intelligent machines take care of our every need, it is apparent that no challenges nor fun will remain. " "
It is a commonplace [view] that the Christian Heaven, as usually portrayed, would attract nobody. Almost all Christian writers dealing with Heaven either say frankly that it is indescribable or conjure up a vague picture of gold, precious stones, and the endless singing of hymns... [W]hat it could not do was to describe a condition in which the ordinary human being actively wanted to be.
It is a common mistake in discussion of future society to extract only one element of the human preferences and advocate that it alone be maximized. This would neglect all other human values. For example, if we simply optimize for pleasure or happiness,
"wirehead", we'll stimulate the relevant parts of our brain and experience bliss for eternity, but pursue no other experiences. If almost any element of our value system is absent, then the human future will likely be very unpleasant.
explores how societies, especially future transhumanist societies, could be optimized to be fun and exciting for their inhabitants. Most proposed Utopias would be mind-numbingly boring if you actually had to live in them, but it must be possible to do better. From The Fun Theory Sequence : Fun Theoryis the field of knowledge thatdeals in questions such as "How much fun is there in the universe?", "Will we ever run out of fun?", "Are we having fun yet?" and "Could we be having more fun?"