Saturday, March 18, 2006
Is Life just a Virtual Reality Computer Game and we don't know it?
One movie along these lines is The Thirteenth Floor. You have a computer simulation of a city running within another computer simulation of a city. It's basically what this whole thread is about.
The problem is with this whole gedanken experiment is Consciousness. We don't know what Consciousness is or how to model it because Consciousness can not be grasped by the mind. How can you model something that can't be modelled? Some will say, yet, it can't be modelled yet. However, artificial intelligence is still an unfulfilled dream. No one has been able to build a conscious machine intelligence. We can build simple insect intelligences and there is an attempt to build a conscious machine intelligence by the Brook's lab, but it is slow, methodical, difficult bleeding edge science.
Another way to look at it is The SIMS game. However, The SIMS pales in modelling an entire Universe and its life forms though.
The whole purpose of this entry is to shock your ideas and concepts about reality. This isn't a new idea. Some science fiction authors have written short stories about people as organic ROVs being run by what we would think of as angels. Of course, free will is ignored if you are an organic ROV being manipulated by an operator.
than anything. to really be present could be earth shattering
and mind boggling enough, why take this long twisted path?
I think that life is not real. It is as Shakespeare said:
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players"
though I am not sure how literally he meant it.
I see no need for complicated computer programs. Couldn't we all be part of someone's imagination, a story that expands forever, more with each thought or observation of any "actor".
We all (in the image of God) play this role of the story teller, endlessly making up the story of our lifes, adding charactors that help to develop the story of "me".
I am not speaking of something mystical here, I am speaking about ordinary day-dreams.
There is also a more real part to our lives, but we are hardly aware of it, and rarely participate in it.
God dreams of dreamers who recreate themselves in dreams.
People will not try to be present because they dream that they already are present, just as I would not listen to my dance teacher when I beleived that I was dancing wonderfully (actually this seems to be a never ending process of refinement).
However the more one "thinks" about these ideas the more chance that one will suspect that what they are seeing is not the truth. When one starts to suspect that one is asleep and that it is very important to awake then one can start to put aside thinking and focus on doing. It is a very slow process.
slow, fast, it depends, great pain often speeds up the awakening...
That is the best things to do but, we will not work for something when we think (dream) that we already have it.
Not too many people signing up for "great pain" these days. We tend to whine and complain at even the slightest inconvenience. I think that you are right though, even a little bit of suffering does tend to wake one up, especially if one tries to use it.
Ironically, what people think that they already have is freedom from thoughts. They do not realize that their whole life is literally nothing but day dreams. They think that they are already experiencing reality, but in fact they only have the briefest flashes of perception and then go back to sleep for hours a time.
I think that our training has contributed to the problem, but there is more to it than that. Do you think that someone who was never exposed to harmful influences would be awake? I do not think so. I think that each of us has been collecting illusions for many lifetimes.
Certainly I would expect members of a more spiritually intelligent society to be more healthy. But this does not suggest that they are awakened.
I am not aware of any past life influences in myself. My view is mostly based on East Indian traditions.
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