As it turns out, this thread (like it so often happens, at least with me) is wandering
a bit further afield than I'd realized it would.. and that's entirely my fault..
but it's good I think.
This thread is really about perceptual biases and how if you eliminate them, you
can then consider interesting hypothesis that otherwise you might not consider.
For example, here is perhaps the biggest bias of all, that drives our behavior!
Most of us crave continuity of existence (I do not) and in this seemingly chaotic
world, we seek uniformity and stability, at almost any cost.
That's why we invented God, for example. With a "big white man on top of it
all", who owns all the gold, and who smites your enemies for you, one can
feel QUITE comfortable "with the Universe". If one is an asshole anyway.
Another great example is in cosmology. I'm lazy and won't look it up, but there's
the basic concept that the Universe is homogenous.. that we do not live in a
privileged part of space. That's actually just a theory.. with lots of good
evidence mind you...
There's also the well-established concept that the "constants" in the Universe
don't change. There's also lots of great evidence for that.. it's taken as a given.
Only it's not entirely true.
The "cosmological constant" is NOT actually constant.
Now this is just one tiny chip in the armor of good, solid, but potentially
biased thinking. But it's quite interesting.
Maybe things aren't quite as constant as we'd like them to be?
Let's look at another hypothesis.. let's call it the "Petri Dish Hypothesis".
Maybe, just maybe, the entire slice of space/time that we live in, that
we think of as a Universe (it may or may not actually be an entire Universe,
but that's not an important point),
is in fact functioning as an experimental petri dish for let's call it "life".
So perhaps all those confusing and irrational "high strangeness events"
that we just CANNOT seem to explain, are in fact experimental results.
Perhaps there is no vast "analog / digital format war", even though with
selection bias that looks like a great theory. (It is a great theory).
Maybe each individual instance of high strangeness is in actuality
not due to some solid and stable scenario "behind the scenes" that
we just don't happen to understand..
maybe it's a drop from an eye dropper falling into our particular
That would explain how you can still see dwarves in green and yellow
pants, in South Central Colorado (the San Luis Valley) in the late
20th century... and not in Ireland in the middle ages. Dwarves that
give away golden coins.. so it's not just "in somebody's head".
Sometimes, just sometimes, if things don't make sense.. it's not
because we haven't figured out some new "unchanging cosmic
law".. but because things really ARE that chaotic.
What if our particular space-time, or even just our planet, lends
itself to good experimentation? So it gets used for experimentation?
Here's a good example of that: HeLa Cells
those cervix cancer cells are IMMORTAL.. just amazing cells.. and
without them we might not have gotten a polio vaccine.. at least
not as quickly as we did.
So you see, from the perspective of that cell culture line.. if it were
sentient.. it might consider that the "gods' were playing cruel games
with it..that it was at the "center of the Universe" ... all these
type ideas. Which would be utterly wrong!
Maybe we, like those HeLa cells are just "in a convenient petri dish"
and we are NOT what all this is about IN ANY WAY.
In fact that's what I'm saying. I've been convinced of that for more
than 20 years.. but it's a THEORY.
Now mind you, there's no need to have just one theory.. there can
be webs of them.... that's how science works.
For example, it would be perfectly reasonable for both the Petri
Dish Theory to be true.. AND the Analog / Digital Theory to be
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