posted on Dec, 15 2013 @ 03:35 PM
I'll be using a Star Trek: TNG episode to illustrate my philosophical position. 'Ship in a Bottle' is season 6 episode 12. I'm sure many of you have
seen it. It's one of the better episodes from season 6, imho. And I'm sure many of you have noticed that 'simulation theory' is gaining momentum. So
I'll get right to it.
For the purposes of illustrating my philosophical position, the 9 main crewmembers of the Enterprise will serve as metaphors for a pantheon of gods
and goddesses. Or angels. Or aliens. Or the 'higher self'. Or tulpas. Or archetypes of the collective unconscious in symbolic form. Or any number of
roughly equivalent terms. Mileage may vary.
Professor Moriarty represents 'the enlightened man' of our world. Our waking world is symbolized by the Holodeck on the Enterprise. His consciousness
has been altered by a computer anomaly. He has seen beyond the Holodeck 'veil' to the ontologically 'real world,' which the Enterprise crew inhabit.
He has been 'shamanized'.
He is now a shaman, that is to say a bridge between the two worlds - ours and 'the other world', whatever that is. Two worlds that collide in this
episode. Two colliding worlds - a metaphorical image that ties the main plot of the episode and the sub-plot of the episode together.
As a shaman, Professor Moriarty embodies the trickster archetype. He tricks the Enterprise crew, and is in turn tricked. He crosses a boundary that
other Holodeck characters can not cross and serves as psychopomp.
The main plot concludes with a new heaven "in a bottle"...
And the sub-plot concludes with a new star in the heavens.
Any questions or comments so far?
edit on 15-12-2013 by BlueMule because: (no reason given)