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I need your help in finding again, this philosophy I stumbled upon as a child.
reply to post by sdrawkcabII
In the movie, Neo hides his stash in a book called "Simulacra and Simulation" by Jean Baudrillard. It's an interesting read if you're interested.
There's also the "brain in the vat" thought experiment, or Descartes' "Evil demon", in which he believes an evil demon is making him perceive his life.edit on 25-12-2013 by Aphorism because: (no reason given)
Simulacra and Simulation is most known for its discussion of symbols, signs, and how they relate to contemporaneity (simultaneous existences). Baudrillard claims that our current society has replaced all reality and meaning with symbols and signs, and that human experience is of a simulation of reality. Moreover, these simulacra are not merely mediations of reality, nor even deceptive mediations of reality; they are not based in a reality nor do they hide a reality, they simply hide that anything like reality is relevant to our current understanding of our lives.
Simulations take over our relationship with real life, creating a hyperreality which is a copy that has no original. This hyperreality happens when the difference between reality and representation collapses and we are no longer able to see an image as reflecting anything other than a symbolic trade of signifiers in culture, not the real world.
Can you be aware without a thought, or concept, of what you are perceiving? Is awareness not conceptualization?
To illustrate that: If you are daydreaming (lost in thought) you become unaware of your surroundings. Why?
I think thought gives awareness, it does not take it away, (because awareness is only present where thought is.)
Images, symbols, lights, words, embodiment, body, etc are concepts, right? They are the thinkers thoughts, and in order for them to be, thinker must have will, but he also needs something to be aware of, right?
We have to ask: Can a thinker be a thinker without thoughts to think - without something to think of, or be aware of?
Thought is conceptual, words and ideas are concepts.
Thinkers needs will and concepts to think of or be aware of, and the thoughts need will and a thinker to manifest them, and will needs a thinker to will it as a conceptualization.
reply to post by Itisnowagain
What gives you control over your awareness' focus?
I am under the impression that actual physical trees are images, symbols, words, concepts from ancestral trees/God.
Think of it like this: Your ancestor dating back 100,000 years ago thought he needed to move to a different climate for food, water, whatever - it was his thoughts that controlled his action, and it was his action which forced you to appear today as you do (your genetic traits.)
That is, the actual physicality of this reality, all things seen and unseen, are images which represent concepts, or thoughts, which originated in God and our forefathers. Basically, physicality is mental images.
The literal physicality of a tree is the word/image/symbol God chose to represent his concept.
Symbols and signs build an abstract world that does not exist in reality.
Those symbols and signs construct a separate dream world in which a simulated person lives.
How does an abstract world that does not exist in reality construct a separate dream world in which a simulated person lives?