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Summit ’19 Session spotlight: Metaphors we believe by: the pantheon of 2019

As we countdown to our annual Summit ’19, our two day conference on all things product leadership, digital and product design, and front-end development, we’re highlighting great sessions you can expect there.

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Aaron Z Lewis
Aaron Z Lewis
Cyber Designer

Metaphors we believe by: the pantheon of 2019

IT’S 2013, AND I’M LOUNGING on the hardwood floor of my childhood bedroom with a blasphemous book that I smuggled home from college: Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation. I devour the whole thing in a single sitting. It feels like Harris is letting me in on a giant secret, a Big Truth that my very Christian upbringing had kept hidden from me. God is dead, he says. We killed him a few hundred years ago and replaced him with a sophisticated scientific understanding of life, the universe, and everything.

Fast-forward six years, and I’ve started to realize that the God vs. science situation is a bit more complicated than Sam Harris led me to believe. The more I learn, the more I suspect that rationalists only managed to kill a very narrow and anthropomorphic conception of God. People who study complex systems started using new words to talk about god-like phenomena — metaphors that are more palatable to secular minds. I believe these new words can help scientifically-minded people better understand what it actually felt like to believe in God before science became a Thing. Let’s take a tour through the pantheon of 2019 and explore what these seven “gods” might teach us in our era of ecological crisis and post-truth confusion.

Aaron Z Lewis

Aaron Lewis used to design digital products for Uber and for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Now, he’s researching and writing about memetic warfare, preventing online radicalization, and cultivating compassionate communities (IRL and URL).

He likes to make familiar things feel new and new things feel familiar.

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