originally posted by: AnakinWayneII
Many have claimed that what you experience is not real; that we may be living in a sort of matrix reality or like the brain in the brain-in-a-vat
If this is the case, then surely the way to test these claims is to...well..."commit suicide"?
In other words, the "suicide to escape the Matrix" operation?
If you believe in philosophical materialism then our brains are like a computer. All our memories are stored in our brains even though nobody has
ever proved or shown how this works.
There is another theory not based on philosophical materialism that suggests our brains are more like an analog radio receiver. And our minds and
memories come from fields existing in the sub-fabrics of reality.
The idea our brain is an analog radio receiver may sound like BS. But the problem of consciousness is not an easy one to solve. People who believe
in philosophical materialism will claim we are not conscious at all and that our brains are just deluding us that we are conscious.
The thing is the way my consciousness experiences reality feels so much more real that what I imagine in my mind. It really does feel like we are
alive inside the mind of some deeper fold of energy.
If philosophical materialism were true and our brains worked according to the computer metaphor then "Strong AI" systems would exist by now. It's
been 70 years since the invention of the modern computer. Something is missing from the equation that makes us more than just abstract thoughts in
some material storage medium.
Consider this video with regards to the nature of the human mind and having real meaning versus pretending abstract words mean MORE than they actually
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That's what they said in the first part. But it turned out that all "physical" bodies, supposedly freed and outside of the Matrix, where actually in a
Matrix, within the Matrix, placed there with the purpose of leading the anamoly back to the source.
The brain as a receiver concept really resonates with me. Though more like a smart phone that can access knowledge, not just receiving. I never could
get behind the idea that our brain holds all memories and knowledge that make us what we are.
When I was younger I felt that the brain as a communication device made perfect sense, but stumbled on why strokes, head injuries, etc. left people so
debilitated. But the smart phone analogy fits well. I believe that different parts of the brain act like different chips in a smart phone, one chip
(or section of brain) can get damaged leaving some functionality disabled. But the other pieces keep working. Books written by stroke survivors
explain that they can be fully conscience but not able to communicate.
originally posted by: shawmanfromny
Well, if we're living in a "matrix," then the sentient machines, or advanced beings, who created the virtual-reality simulation we're in, are truly
deviant and depraved.
Or "they" could just be us in another form, trying to create a full spectrum of experiences that we can jump into and learn from. What we perceive as
deviant and evil may just be advanced lessons.
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