posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 11:32 AM
Good thread - I'm starring and flagging. And not because of the content of the article, but because of the OP's take and comments.
The fact that the Daily Mail is a tabloid and that the story is therefore likely to be mostly fabricated is moot. This technology, whether in actual
existence at this point or not, is not only possible, but "on the horizon".
As we learn more about the language of the brain, the means of simulating 'sensory data' become closer and closer. We will one day be capable of
creating an interface to the human mind that will be a 'perfect', undetectable virtual reality.
Now... Here's what I've said in a couple of similar threads lately: if you agree with what I've said in the above paragraph, there is NOTHING that
should keep you from believing that it may have already happened.
So, let the specifics blur a bit - use your imagination - think "outside the box" (or outside the meatbag, if that wording pleases you). I'm not
suggesting you're already wearing a helmet. I'm not suggesting that you're a pasty, pale human in a pod connected to "the matrix" either. I
might be suggesting that you're not "human" at all - anymore than someone playing Donkey Kong is "Mario".
When we talk about our universe being a "simulation", people balk and point and laugh and say "you watch too many movies". The problem is
semantics. We don't really have a better term for it, but what we're trying to describe is the nature of the 'multiverse'. For whatever reason
(built-in fear of removing the helmet?) most of us are resistant to the notion that this isn't "real". What could be more 'real' than carbon? If
someone hits me with a rock, I feel it.
Semantics again. "Real". When you play Donkey Kong, you know that Mario (and to a much lesser extent, "you") will die if you touch one of those
barrels. It's not real, but try telling Mario that. Guide him right into one of those barrels. He'll still die. It's real to him. But wait, he's
not real. But isn't he just an extension of you? You're real, right? Mario doesn't know about you, and due to the 8-bit nature of his universe,
he's not likely to become 'self-aware' anytime soon.
But our universe has a few more than 8 bits. We are self aware, and our awareness is capable of expanding, so for thousands of years we've been
questioning the nature of our universe and our 'interface' with it. And we have questions about its designers, and what might exist 'outside'. And
one of those questions is about whether or not we have a cosmic counterpart that is much more than a carbon-based meatbag.
Which brings us full circle. That cosmic counterpart, or "soul" would probably think of the third dimension as being a "simulation" - for lack of
a better term.
As above, so below.
[edit on 3/5/2009 by Teratoma]