The Tao of Pokemon Go

Augmented Reality!!! New technology combined with pioneering imagination has birthed a new paradigm for the human experience. We now have the ability to augment our reality in a truly immersive way. The hit video game, Pokemon Go, has taken our world by storm. But with so many Psyducks to catch and so little time, few people are asking themselves: what does it all mean?

Fortunately, these subjects were explored long before the technological leaps made AR and VR tangible, practical things. In this episode, we dive into a literary movement dubbed transrealism.

Jordan explores the work of Rudy Rucker, the author of the Transrealist Manifesto, with the hope of making sense of the inventible convergence of human beings and digital realities. However, Jordan does not explore these uncharted waters alone. Instead, he enlists the help of Tony Heman, an old childhood friend and Pokemon Go aficionado. Jordan and Tony discuss the dualistic promise of AR, Transrealism in literature and philosophy, as well as some of the technical points of mobile gaming. Armed with the information gleaned from this discussion, Jordan wraps things up with a mental exercise for the High Files audience.

This episode’s wisdom nuggets are provided by Rudy Rucker and Terrence McKenna.

(NOTE: We apologize for varying audio quality during some parts of this episode. Jordan is looking into upgrading his audio equipment in the near future. If you are an audiophile and have any recommendations for equipment that can provide mobile podcasting and interviewing capability, please let Jordan know by contacting him at or leave a comment at )

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Special thanks to Pikachu for always living the Tao of Pokemon Go.