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Oct 10, 2005

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Melanie

Hi Evelyn, I love your continuing theme of the post-money transcendence & reputation-based culture. So true, and so unequally distributed yet. As you know, Mihalyi Cziksentmihalyi in “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience,” re: the materialism/happiness tie, had a corroborating finding that happiness levels reverted to whatever their default had been prior to "big-happiness" events like lottery-winning.

Btw, this whole Second Life / metaverse / virtual worlds as the Internet 2.0 platform seems to be really taking off. The State of Play & Second Life simul-conference (www.slconvention.org) in NY this weekend underlined this. Second Life is free & with 60,000 users has the potential to become a platform for many things including interactive education and simulation. The annual Serious Gaming Summit (e.g.; education/gov't simulation) conference coming up in Wa DC 10/31-11/1 further highlights the theme of education platforms.
(www.seriousgamessummit.com/home.html)

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