Dude! You just blew my mind!

What if, like, we really are living in the Matrix? Some scientists aren’t ruling it out.

What if everything — all of us, the world, the universe — was not real? What if everything we are, know and do was really just someone’s computer simulation?

The notion that reality is something other than we think it is goes far back in philosophy, including Plato and his Parable of the Cave, which claimed reality was merely shadows of real objects on a cave wall. Sixteenth-century philosopher-mathematician RenĂ© Descartes thought he proved reality with his famous “I think, therefore, I am,” which proposed that he was real and his thoughts had a reality.

Then, in 2003, a British philosopher, Nick Bostrom of the University of Oxford, published a paper that had the philosophy and computer science departments buzzing.

For the record, I am absolutely certain we are living in, well, not the Matrix exactly, but something that is basically, well… I explained it last Easter.

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7 Responses to Dude! You just blew my mind!

  1. notamobster says:

    Reality in the macro concept is objective. It is there. We are in it. The micro aspect is subjective. People’s perceptions are often-times their “reality”.

    No matrix. Just a bunch of folks living and dying. Trying to figure out the middle of the story as we go.

  2. DocO says:

    There’s a wonderful word that captures all of the “Matrix” and “Brain in a Jar” concepts. It’s called solipsism. The only reason I know it was William F. Buckley and some other heavy intellectual were having a very animated discussion that was ended when Buckley said “So you’re proposing a solipsistic explanation? I see.” I had to find out what that meant.

    Even though we can’t know for sure if we aren’t just a brain-in-a-jar or some artificial intelligence, we can still live and die as if we weren’t. Which I think is great way to issue a collective FO to the mad scientists running such an experiment.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      You can’t prove solipsism but what the hell would be the point of proving it anyway? I mean, who the hell would you try to convince?

      You can’t disprove it either although trying would at least make sense.

      Nah. I am real and so are you although we are both trapped in Plato’s Cave. The good news is that there are these shadows….

  3. BrunDawg says:

    There are too many things that I will never understand and a very few that I will, such as the guy who has my controller has been a real dick lately. :) jk

  4. pateriot says:

    Quantum Loop Gravity Theory makes a lot of sense to me. I think that Lee Smoling and others have come very close to IDing the flow of time and a unified theory. I do take exception to their persistance in the Big Bang Theory. I beleive that the red shift of distant objects is do to the loss of energy over cosmic distantances from the “matrix” itself, which is not measureable over shorter distances. Ironically the theory does suggest a loss of energy over vast distances. At least read about the theory and see what you think. There was a great article on this subject which wasn’t overly technical posted in published in Scientific American, January 2004, in an article titled, “Atoms of Space and Time”. Again, I urge everyone to read it!

  5. AFB says:

    Hell, I’ve been convinced since Nov. 6 that we’re living in the Matrix.

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