This is about as speculative as it gets, and in fact like usual, I have no desire
to prove anything. In this post, what I in fact am seeking to accomplish, is to
stand a standard trope on it's head and show that the exact OPPOSITE may
in fact be true, to encourage creative thought.
There has been a LOT of thought about and posting about whether 'we' are
in fact 'trapped in a simulation' or 'matrix'. This is hardly new thought.
There is the classic Brain in a Vat Argument
Even older of course is Gnosticism
which would have us believe
that we are souls trapped in an evil illusion.
Not to be left out, even modern science is taking a variant of this quite seriously:
What is the Universe?
and of course our old Buddy Nick Bostrom
is often trotted out to 'prove'
that we likely DO 'live in a simulation'.
Now here is where I turn this on it's head 180 degrees. I've been 'researching' (pondering with some experiments)
for some time, that in fact we humans are not 'caught in a matrix', but in a manner of speaking we are the
HARDWARE that RUNS the 'matrix' and it it's other innocent and not so innocent 'programs' (beings) which
are trapped in US. That we are not the 'trappees' but are in fact the 'trappers'. That in fact we are not the
'ghost in the machine' but are in fact the 'machine'.
Now I don't want to get into all the details of my research at this juncture;
I'm really just wishing to spark conversation. I'm not wishing to prove
anything - as it couldn't really be proved.. yet. But I'll start us out with
a couple basic paragraphs first.
Now the sticky wicket that gets people all messed up seems to be
'consciousness'. A LOT of people are hooked on the idea that 'we'
are actually 'pure consciousness', a 'soul', 'spirit', a 'program in a
simulation', etc. When in fact all evidence points to the exact
As literally everyone knows these days, our brains are ounce for ounce,
the most impressive simulators of reality which are known to exist.
Various limited sensory data pours into our three pounds of brain meat,
and from that input of light, sound, etc, whole massive worlds of sensory
integration and imagination are created. As anyone who has studied
neurology knows, our brains create 'our worlds' from almost nothing..
that in fact each person in the world carries around a stupendous mobile
virtual reality chamber.
The Science of Consciousness
Waking and Dreaming Consciousness
Now take 7 billion of us.. and together we 'dream up' society and culture,
if nothing else. Now think of all the other potential copies of us out there
Many World's Interpretation
not to mention potential other life
. and you might ponder that all THAT is in fact the
computing platform in which the 'matrix' executes as a program.
As people who read my stuff know, i'm very interested in the subject
of potential 'plasma life forms', Jacques Vallee, John Keel, etc.
Of course I have 50 years of the occult/spirituality/shamanism behind me..
I won't go into that for now. I just want to wave the base concept around
The point is, the idea really fascinates me (and my experience seems
to concur) that in fact what happens is that sometimes at least, more
mobile bits of computer code / plasma life-forms / 'spirits', etc get
enticed by the massive Holosuite
(humans in this case) and get 'lost in the
matrix' (lost in us). That in fact this is what Buddha noticed, that this is
the 'terrible secret of mysticsm'; that it's these 'souls' which 'we' want
to 'hang onto' which are the source of much suffering.. the 'matrix'
yearns to be the 'program'; the 'program' yearns to be the 'matrix'.
That we in fact 'trap each other'.
Now I don't really care about life and death and continuation of
consciousness or any of that rot. I personally just like understanding
things which are supposed to be impossible to understand.. then
I'll happily die.. until I'm not dead again.. (Principle of Mediocrity)
I'm personally not trying to prove that we exist in some special way
or will continue.. or that we are some 'god' or 'eternal spirit' or any
of that nonsense. I'm just interested in the nuts and bolts of
things and let the chips lay where they fall.