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Los Angeles Chapter of ACM

Wednesday, October 9, 2002


McCagie Brooks Rogers, MA
President, The MYTHSEEKER Institute

(Note that this meeting was on the second Wednesday in October)

The MYTHSEEKER Software System, subject of this presentation, is being designed and implemented by a team of experts. Based on a patent recently awarded to McCagie Rogers, it creates a way to explore mythology in a virtual environment guided by artificial intelligence. An interactive assessment process first assists the user to determine systems of mythology capable of helping him in significant ways. The user then explores significant and exciting virtual reality involvements within these systems. A "personal mythology" is thereby shaped, giving power to the individual's creative insight, allowing him to plan a preferred future. Applications are being developed in personal quest, medical diagnosis, psychotherapy, and other areas such as trans-cultural communication. MYTHSEEKER can be viewed as a first intelligent software probe into the archetypal mythic content of a person's experience.

Why is there such widespread and strong interest in mythology? Living, tangible mythology, the stuff of legend, seems to surround us in many directions. What important needs are expressed, and what visions are sought? What are people searching for? The pop culture around Hercules and Zena - the noble power of Lord of the Rings - the realms of Star Wars and Harry Potter, fascination with lost worlds such as Egypt, or Atlantis -- UFOs - the insights of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung before him. Answers are widespread and varied, and yet there is widespread agreement that something very significant is happening. How can our lives be helped by mythic vision and encounter?

Many persons are familiar with the hierarchy of needs developed by psychologist Abraham Maslow, which has connected self-actualizing peak experience with the tangibility of our daily lives. The MYTHSEEKER System will additionally allow a person to explore spiritual dimensions within the structure of the human being, in ways shown by all major systems of mythology. Furthermore it allows him to explore ways of fulfilling these needs and aspirations. MYTHSEEKER is psychological and metaphorical. It is not religious or political, and never exercises control over persons using it.

This presentation is the first in a series being developed for professional groups of many points of view. It will share the excitement of creative visionary development, and will welcome audience feedback about developing such presentations. Software developers are at their best with creative challenges, with finding solutions that work well and elegantly. MYTHSEEKER has the depth and power for a major "let's get in done" approach. Give us the benefit of your insights and suggestions! Come to explore some cutting-edge developments.

McCagie Brooks Rogers is president of The MYTHSEEKER Institute, a California corporation for software development. He has a BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, in Mathematics and Philosophy, and an MA from the California State University, Long Beach, in Transpersonal Foundations. The latter is a multidisciplinary field combining cognitive psychology, phenomenology of worldwide dimensions of spiritual experience, the expressive therapies, and software foundations. McCagie has been on the technical staffs of Aerospace Corporation, IBM Corporation, and TRAN Communications, among other firms. He has taught about data communications overseas and in the United States. One specialty is international multi-layer data communications protocol standards and their applications in space systems, and current telecommunications architectures. He has published in international journals and proceedings related to space communications, and to the MYTHSEEKER approach.


LA ACM Chapter October Meeting.
Held Wednesday October 9, 2002.

The presentation was "MYTHSEEKER Software: Applications and Architecture" a presentation by McCagie Brooks Rogers, President of the MYTHSEEKER Institute. This was a regular meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of ACM.

Mr. Rogers started out by saying that he had spent most of his career developing software systems and had become interested in the problems of the present day where certainties are crumbling and there was an urgent hunger for spiritual insight and the search for meaning in a world that seems to be losing its humanity. There is growing awareness that peoples views of mythology can be used to get help in meeting these problems. The MYTHSEEKER Software gives ways to explore mythology in virtual reality using artificial intelligence. It is the first intelligent software probe into the mythic content of experience and it is being developed by a team of experts from many disciplines. The software is psychological and metaphorical, but not religious or political. It is supportive, but not controlling.

The mission of the MYTHSEEKER Institute is to create personal mythseeking in virtual environments, develop interactive software, offer classes to facilitate the process and create a network of MYTHSEEKER centers. It plans to develop personal mythseeking digital assistants, integrate personal myth into software architectural spaces; and develop new cutting-edge applications in medical, metabiology, and cross-cultural communication. There are many windows on reality such as engineering, science, creative arts, philosophy and psychology. Each of these has its own view of the world and mythology. The word myth comes from the Greek word mythos, a story or drama. Every culture has a mythology and there are certain common patterns and forms found to be present in each basic mythic pattern. The MYTHSEEKER System helps each user find a personal mythology for vision, creative change, help in facing adversity, and in going through "rites of passage".

There are three successive phases of involvement. First, an interactive assessment phase, Second, a facilitation phase, and Third, an interactive enaction phase. The assessment phase interactively gathers information about a user's life experience and parameters to suggest involvement with particular mythologies. Mythic Life Patterns (MLP) gains information about the user's life history, cultural or spiritual preferences, among other areas. Texture of Experience (TOE) works with variables such as preferred visual texture, shape or time pacing. The facilitation phase analyzes the assessment data to select mythologies and enactments for the specific user. The enaction phase creates the interactive virtual environment for exploration of mythologies and their aspects.

The MYTHSEEKER architecture consists of four software modules. The Existential Analyzer module performs MLP and TOE assessment and is implemented as an expert system. The Facilitator Module and the Enactor Module are also expert systems. The Executive Module provides the services required to execute the other three modules and serves as an interface to the platform's operating system. The architecture uses a client server approach on either a stand alone platform or a distributed system. The design is object-oriented at every level and highly modular for expandability and portability. The Executive Module is programmed in Java. The expert systems are programmed in Prolog based on knowledge engineering. Prolog is well established and is portable with Java. Strong use is made of Macromind Director and related tools, and major virtual reality development tools.

This was a very interesting presentation and covered a lot of material that can't be presented in a meeting report. McCagie Brooks Rogers is an articulate speaker who presented a lot of information in a short period of time. You can obtain much more information by going to:

This was second meeting of the LA Chapter year and was attended by about 22 persons.
Mike Walsh, LA ACM Secretary

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