I think your attempts to conceptualize all of this as some sort of computer simulation is, in actuality, a scheme to distance yourself from the pain
you feel. Pain about people, pain about life, pain about things. By believing that none of this is real and it's just a simulation, you detach
yourself from it and free yourself from the pain. It's just like Cognitive Dissonance.
Cognitive Dissonance is when we realize a conflict in our mind between two things. For example, maybe we note a conflict between how we live our lives
and the eventuality of death? We live so proud and bold and with feeling, yet, death is so anti-thetical to these things and it has no feelings or
remorse. Death is like the Nothing in The Neverending Story. It swallows up people and cultures without condition. I think that behind the scenes our
mind feels a kind of 'pain' when it stumbles on these conflicts. By creating a diversion or doggedly believing otherwise we can prevent ourselves from
feeling this pain and thus ignore the conflict. For example, many people turn to religion to prevent conflicting feelings about death and life or
sacrifice and greed.
But none of what I just said disproves your hypothetical reality simulation. This could, indeed, be a simulation. We don't know. But neither can we
prove that Santa Claus isn't real. Sure, we could go to the north pole and cover every square inch and claim he's not there, but somebody else could
say that Santa Claus moved to the south pole or that he's in another dimension. The belief in Satan Claus could go on and on. To prove one way or
another, something has to be falsifiable.
HOWEVER, I'm a programmer. Well, I got a degree over 10 years ago. I first started programming in QBasic when I was a sophmore in HS. I was so amazed
by the possibilities of information manipulation. I later used assembly by making *.com files. I also dabbled in c. Then I went to college and got
introduced to c/c++ and several others. All these years later, I still program. Right now, I'm working on a UI library just for fun. It's a lot of
work and I don't always have the enthusiasm for it, but, nonetheless, I periodically work on it. I have thoroughly taken up by perlin noise and all of
its potential. I feel so limited in my ability to understand.
Why do I bring up programming?
View these links:
Those are just a few of them. I wish I had better mathematics knowledge.
Essentially, we need to understand the mathematics of nature if we want to simulate it. It's very confusing and many people do not have the mind for
it (me included, probably).
There're patterns in nature, from small scales to the large, that repeat. What does it mean? From one discipline to another, you can find them. If
Waldo is a pattern then it's like spotting Waldo in Canada one day and then spotting him in China the next. Waldo gets around! Or
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