Even if we are a hologram, that does not mean we are not real, it is merely insight into the nature of our reality. We are conscious entities regardless of the nature of our composition. Consciousness ... self awareness; that is the mystery.
Originally posted by Seitler
I've thought very deeply about the subject "What Constitutes Reality?" and came to realize we may very well have two separate forms of existence at one time.
Our obvious is during our waking hours. That part is pretty self explanatory. The second is our dreaming thoughts and actions. I believe that we enter a form of existence where we are truly just energy (or maybe not energy exactly, but just "thoughts" for lack of a better term). I think in that form we are our true selves, and in that state we are communicating with the "center of all thought". I won't use the term God, because I don't believe along those lines, but something very akin to that concept.
I think this is how some people are able to predict future events; they know because they have already seen from the source of knowledge. Some people are even able to feel things such as the death of a loved one before anyone tells them about it.
What had initially made me think about this kind of things was an experience I had a few years back. I had just watched the movie The Matrix, and was trying to bend the spoon... it didn't work , but I didn't think it really would. About a week latter I was laying in my bed, and suddenly felt like I was being bent by something, then felt very light. I looked up, and the ceiling in my room looked like it was being sucked into a very small point... but the edges were holding to the edge of the room, stretched kind of. I thought I might have been having some physical problem, like low iron or blood sugar, so I got up and got a glass of juice and felt fine... at which point I knew I was not dreaming. When I went back into my bedroom, my ceiling was still stretched out!
I don't get scared about oddities, so I stood on a chair to feel the ceiling... then it suddenly snapped back like I wasn't suppose to have seen it stretched out. Like I had glimpsed a mistake in our world. I didn't think much of it at the time, and thought maybe i had simply been hallucinating. Looking back on it, I think I really may have seen a glimpse into this weird black-hole projection that you are talking about.
Felt like I had to let you know about this. I tried to recreate the situation a few times, but have never once seen anything like that again. I wish I could will it to happen... but that just does not happen, sadly.
Originally posted by mamelukkikala
I don't think it matters at all whether we are "real" or not. We can feel, that's all that matters. We're real to ourselves. Even if this theory would be true, it wouldn't make us any less real than we are now. It just means we'd be in a different world.
“Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one”
“Reality is that part of the imagination we all agree on”
Mohandas K. Gandhi
A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
Dom Helder Camara
When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.
Morpheus *The Matrix*:
"What is "real"? How do you define "real"? If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."
Morpheus *The Matrix*:
"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world? "
Neo: I thought it wasn't real
Morpheus: Your mind makes it real