reply to post by Basilisk
There is no possible way to prove or disprove this, that I am aware of.
At any given moment in time we can think to ourselves and wonder, 'how do I know the memories of my past are real or if I have just now come into
existence with every single feeling and experience downloaded into my mind?'
This is true of any moment. How can you be certain you have just read my words here or if the very recent memory of reading my words has been
downloaded into your mind?
A downloaded memory could be said to completely convince someone that their lives, previous to this very moment, are nothing more than downloaded
This statement can be said of every single moment we ever spend conscious.
Right now you know that you are real, you are here and you are experiencing this reality, but how can you be sure that this moment actually occurred
when you think back on the memory of this moment - in a year a month a week, an hour, a minute, or even in just a few seconds. Can you be certain that
you really just read this yourself or could it be that your memory of this has been downloaded, so that you believe you experienced this moment.
This question can be asked over and over again, at any given moment and you can never ever be certain that you actually experienced your memories or
if they have been implanted.
It could be possible that every memory, experience, each of our senses, and absolutely everything else in our reality could be nothing more than
programming that is being ran on a computer that is our brain.
Everything takes place inside our brain, everything. We interpret different signals to produce our reality. It is possible that every signal we
interpret into reality is computer programming and we, as individuals, are the computers that are being manipulated to execute the programming and
decipher the signals downloaded into us by a programmer...
If we were inclined to do so, do you think we could build a computer and write programs that would execute on the computer in such a way that the
computer could be made to interpret things in a way that we do?
Could we combine different programs and parameters for the computers to function within and then let it run automatically within the field parameters?
Could this program be made in such a way that it allows the computer to combine different programming features in such a way as to create the
illusion of emotions and consciousness. Could the good and the bad experiences and feelings be the product of several different programming scenarios,
making the feelings and emotions real to the computer, when in reality they are nothing more than the result of the computer executing various parts
of the program?
Kinda like a 3d platform for a video game that can be fully manipulated by the main character, but instead of someone playing as the main character,
we allow the main character to work through the platform and evolve automatically, making it's own reality based on the rules and parameters within
the gaming platform?
sorry for the babylon =-) couldn't resist after reading the recent 'babylon', 'babble on' thread
ETA: I have recently been seeing people use the word 'learnt' when talking about learning something. I am really not trying to call anyone out or make
myself look illiterate to some extent, but I want to ask you guys and gals, for my own knowledge : is 'learnt' a proper and correct word, used to
identify something someone has learned? Is it accepted as correct in some areas and not correct in others? sorry about the off topic question, just
wanted to ask before I forget...
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