by DAN ROBITZSKI Hard Reboot If we’re all living inside a complex computer simulation, we should probably accept our fate — lest our universe get unplugged. At least, that’s according to Nanyang Technological University philosophy professor Preston Greene, who penned a New York Times op-ed arguing that we should stop looking for evidence of simulation theory — because proving the universe is simulated would probably render the simulation useless for whoever’s running it, meaning we could all get scrapped like a wayward family in “The Sims.” Double-Blind Greene invokes the idea of a double-blind clinical trial, the gold standard for experimental design when testing something like a … Continue reading SIMULATION THEORY “MAY CAUSE THE ANNIHILATION OF OUR UNIVERSE.”
by Bruce Lipton, Uplift Waking Times There is a “thing” I refer to as Universe Humor, others may refer to it as a Cosmic Joke. There have been times in all of our lives when we thought we knew exactly how some event or incident was going to turn out. We could be so convinced that we “knew” what was going to happen, that we would have bet the family farm and the kitchen sink on the outcome of the event. It is at moments like this, when the Universe surprises us by taking a left turn instead of a right. While … Continue reading THE COSMIC JOKE BEHIND HUMAN GENETICS
Cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman hypothesizes we evolved to experience a collective delusion — not objective reality. by KEVIN DICKINSON 09 August, 2019 Donald Hoffman theorizes experiencing reality is disadvantageous to evolutionary fitness. His hypothesis calls for ditching the objectivity of matter and space-time and replacing them with a mathematical theory of consciousness. If correct, it could help us progress such intractable questions as the mind-body problem and the conflict between general relativity and quantum mechanics. What is reality and how do we know? For many the answer is simple: What you see — hear, feel, touch, and taste — is … Continue reading Did we evolve to see reality as it exists? No, says cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman.
They’re not mystics. But materialism is not giving good answers so they are looking around It’s easy to mock the idea. But consider what neuroscientists studying consciousness are up against: Traditionally, scientists have been stalwart materialists. But doing so has caused them to slam up against the limitations of materialism. Consider the chasm between relativity and quantum mechanics, or Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and you quickly start to recognize these incongruities. PHILIP PERRY, “THE UNIVERSE MAY BE CONSCIOUS, SAY PROMINENT SCIENTISTS” AT BIGTHINK, JUNE 25, 2017 Put another way, in a universe governed by uncertainty principles rather than hard facts, what is the … Continue reading WHY SOME SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THE UNIVERSE IS CONSCIOUS
Nobody understands what consciousness is or how it works. Nobody understands quantum mechanics either. Could that be more than coincidence? By Philip Ball “I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there’s no real problem, but I’m not sure there’s no real problem.” The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the Universe. But he might as well have been talking about the equally knotty problem of consciousness. Some scientists think we already understand what consciousness is, or that it is … Continue reading The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics
by Caitlin Johnstone, Guest Waking Times In the late 1960s, the sudden widespread availability of psychedelics combined with the circulation of eastern philosophy to the west to begin a radical transformation of human consciousness. Our species, desperate to transcend the residual trauma from two world wars and the existential terror of the nuclear age, began moving into a wildly unprecedented relationship with its capacity for abstract thought. For the first time ever, humans began disentangling themselves from egoic consciousness on a mass scale, suddenly using thought as the useful tool it’s meant to be rather than the life-dominating addiction that it … Continue reading HUMANITY IS NOT SLEEPING; IT’S IN AN INDUCED COMA
Detail of White Cat (1935-38), by Gertrude Abercrombie. Courtesy the Smithsonian American Art Museum A cat is alive, a sofa is not: that much we know. But a sofa is also part of life. Information theory tells us why Michael Lachmann is a professor at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. He is interested in the interface between evolution and information, and in particular the origins of life. Sara Walker is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist at Arizona State University, where she is deputy director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, associate director of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center … Continue reading Life ≠ alive