John Vervaeke with Damien Walter – the cogsci of scifi

In October 2020 I was fortunate to get two hours of time with the cognitive scientist John Vervaeke for a full discussion of cogsci, scifi and the meaning crisis. We talk about how science fiction both helps, and sometimes gets in the way of, the complex task of finding meaning in our lives, the addictiveness of video games, and the potential for RPGs to “bleed” meaning into real life.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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