Sunday, November 1, 2009
Simulation Series - Explaining the Simulation
Explaining the Simulation -
"The simulation is produced from something unlike the simulation. From outside the simulation anything inside the simulation is seen to be Illusion; while inside the simulation, the same things are seen to be reality."
First of all, you are not your body. Your body is part of the simulation. Your mind is the player, the witness, the observer, the soul. God is the system's administrator. The universe is the system; it is self sustaining and consistent. God the administrator put the universe together, set it into motion and walked away. No further maintenance is required. But if somehow the system becomes unstable or requires an update the system can introduce subroutines to correct the problem. This subroutine fixware appears in the form of demons, angels, djinn, avatars, and modabids. There is no direct interaction of the system with the administrator. The only evidence of the administrator is in fact the system and the corrective fixware which is compatible with the system yet which lies beyond the system. Fixware becomes active within the system when needed.
The player is limited to observing only what is within the system. There are, however, hidden levels within the system that can be activated through a proper understanding of the system's composition. These levels are commonly called Dimensions or Realms. One is the Clairvoyant or the Psychic Realm. A higher realm is non-physical; it does not require processing through the physical senses so no physical presence is necessary - the body does not go there. Our observer self is essentially independent of any particular platform.
The higher realms are organized through Sequence. The physical realm is organized through a relative sense of Past, Present, and Future; or through what is known as Time. The system makes use of Time so that events seem to flow in a progressive and unidirectional manner.
I am not saying that we are living in a computer simulation of reality. This experience is much more sophisticated and it is not a simulation of reality, it is reality. Our existence is the result of a process which generates realities. We are living in one.
I have included the following although I do not necessarily agree with it.
"Simulating the entire universe down to the quantum level is obviously infeasible... But in order to get a realistic simulation of human experience, much less is needed -- only whatever is required to ensure that the simulated humans, interacting in normal human ways with their simulated environment, don't notice any irregularities."
The observation of distant stars could easily be simulated without having to simulate every aspect of their internal processes. Microscopic phenomena could also be simulated "as needed" to satisfy a particular observer at a particular time.
Me: In fact the only thing necessary is an observer. Everything else, including other life forms human or not, could be produced in a similar fashion.
"If we are living in a simulation, then the cosmos that we are observing is just a tiny piece of the totality of physical existence. The physics in the universe...that is running the simulation may or may not resemble the physics of the world we observe. While the world we see is in some sense 'real', it is not located at the fundamental level of reality." [which we could never perceive]
"In some ways, the post-humans running a simulation are like gods in relation to the people inhabiting the simulation: the post-humans created the world we see; they are omnipotent in the sense that they can interfere in the workings of our world even in ways that violate its physical laws; they are omniscient in the sense that they can see everything that happens."
In critical theory, the post-human is a speculative being that represents or seeks to enact a re-writing of what is generally conceived of as human. It is the object of post-humanist criticism, which critically questions Renaissance humanism, a branch of humanist philosophy which claims that human nature is a universal state from which the human being emerges; human nature is autonomous, rational, capable of free will, and unified in itself as the apex of existence. Thus, the post-human recognizes imperfection and disunity within him or herself, instead understanding the world through context and heterogeneous perspectives while maintaining intellectual rigor and a dedication to objective observations of the world. Key to this post-human practice is the ability to fluidly change perspectives and manifest oneself through different identities. The post-human, for critical theorists of the subject, has an emergent ontology rather than a stable one; in other words, the post-human is not a singular, defined individual, but rather one who can "become" or embody different identities and understand the world from multiple, heterogeneous perspectives.
The post-human is not necessarily human in the first place, but is rather an embodied medium through which critical consciousness is manifested.
A post-human is a hypothetical future being "whose basic capacities so radically exceed those of present humans as to be no longer unambiguously human by our current standards."
The difference between the post-human and other hypothetical sophisticated non-humans is that a post-human was once a human, either in its lifetime or in the lifetimes of some or all of its direct ancestors. As such, a prerequisite for a post-human is a trans-human, the point at which the human being begins surpassing his or her own limitations, but is still recognizable as a human person or similar. In this sense, the transition between human and post-human may be viewed as a continuum rather than an all-or-nothing event.
Post-human God -
A variation on the post-human theme is the notion of a "Post-human God"; the idea that post-humans, being no longer confined to the parameters of "humanness", might grow physically and mentally so powerful as to appear possibly god-like by human standards. This notion should not be interpreted as being related to the idea portrayed in some science fiction that a sufficiently advanced species may "ascend" to a higher plane of existence - rather, it merely means that some post-human beings may become so exceedingly intelligent and technologically sophisticated that their behavior would not possibly be comprehensible to modern humans, purely by reason of their limited intelligence and imagination. The difference here is that the latter stays within the bounds of the laws of the material universe, while the former exceeds them by going beyond it.