Breaking into the Simulated Universe

Campbell’s Consciousness is both the consciousness we find manifest in lifeforms and also the very computer behind our universe—Fredkin’s Other.  It is this outline of consciousness that, when pressed upon by what Campbell calls the “Fundamental Process” of evolution, any number of interactions, lifeforms, universes, realities, or rulesets could naturally emerge.  Anything from cellular automata, to a multiverse, to nature’s “inordinate fondness of beetles” could subsequently appear.  All realities, lifeforms, and interactions are possible under Campbell’s two assumptions: Consciousness exists (as defined), and Evolution exists.

From this model, there is no need for a master programmer or an ancestor simulation.  Instead, those overlords are chucked outright for a single, arguably dim at first, conscious computer that is always forced to either evolve or die.  In the illusory worlds of virtual reality, consciousness itself is entirely real and actually holds center stage.

To Campbell, Consciousness is fundamental.  We, our individual consciousnesses, are partitioned parts of The Big Conscious Computer that crunches out this and every other universe and lifeform.  So, where we really are is in Fredkin’s Other; Fredkin’s Other is Campbell’s Consciousness.  Our avatar—our body—appears to be “in” a simulated universe, a video game.  While our actual awareness experiences this universe as physical spacetime, both the universe and ourselves are actually an information data-stream processing and occurring in Other.

If Fredkin’s Other is Campbell’s Consciousness, then almost everything about life, consciousness, the universe itself, and the simulation hypothesis falls entirely into place.  This would explain why quantum mechanical observations by and large for almost a century seem to be sensitive to, what physicists have called, “observers”, or “measurement.”  It is because consciousness is the fundamental—indeed the essential—medium through which the simulation must be rendered.  Without a consciousness (a player) there is no video game to render and really no need to.

Source: Breaking into the Simulated Universe

count the hours of the day

syndax vuzz

Being fixated on a non-event.
One right after another.
Conjured up out of our common mind.

The stories that already been told.
‘Cause they the only ones we know.
Pressed on us by a multitude of video screens.

Since the beginning,
was a story that ended
with the birth of our civilization.

Born of a monotheistic desert culture of incessant war,
ridin’ on the back of the civilization of wealth, technology, and order – Rome –
a warrior culture,
a spartan ideal,

Even by the cosmos?

Time for another story.




Time is short.

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Pure Perception

Hyde Street. Sunday 11 March 1984

.Ren Breck has just shown me the imagery of Mars that displays what some people consider a giant pyramid representing a “Face,” near a series of pyramids they are already calling “The City,” which left me unconvinced. When the photograph was passed around the table at SRI, with only the information that it showed a face, six people found it at six different spots! –Vallee, Forbidden Science Volume Three

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Our Information Explosion 

Through the media we receive so many differing world views that it is hard for us to tell what is truly going on. There are claims that the government is destroying the country. Claims that the world is being destroyed by climate change brought on by human activities. Claims that terrorism is at an all time high, and muslim migrants are overtaking Europe.

Yet, others claim that there’s never been a better time to be alive. We have the benefits of the Internet. The highest standard of living ever seen on planet earth. Technology is making our lives easier every day. These claims may, or may not, be consistent with reality. They’re certainly consistent with the worldview of those who espouse them.

We could argue endlessly whether these or the many other claims are true or false. The reality is it doesn’t necessarily matter. What matters is our apparent apathy. Our society seems to be unwilling, or unable, to take on the challenges of our time. Don’t get me wrong, things like climate change may very well effect our survival. However, I suspect that we will not focus on climate change or any of the potential challenges in a comprehensive way, unless we first deal with the underlying causes of society’s apathy.

Source: Our Information Explosion – Medium

Waiting on the world to change


How The West Was Won #2(All photographs by Martin Rowland (martyr_67), taken in Wyndham, in Melbourne’s outer west.)

We would do well to think of ourselves as Homo sapiens, more.1 In identifying ourselves as human, we are an animal just like the many other animals — those that we know and those that have become extinct through our own activities, — and not too dissimilar to those many more million organisms that on land and sea remain undiscovered and unnamed.

Yet classification is exclusively a Sapiens construct. Our identity, at its most basic, is a product of our own developed knowledge. We are human because we are an animal because we define ourselves so according to scientific evidence. And we are a particular human, Homo sapiens, because we trace ourselves to be so. We are bound in a construct of our own making. Perhaps it suits us this way; we can choose…

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The eurozone is turning into a poverty machine

There are constant bank runs. The bond markets panic, and governments along its southern perimeter need bail-outs every few years. Unemployment has sky-rocketed and growth remains sluggish, no matter how many hundreds of billions of printed money the European Central Bank throws at the economy.

We are all tediously aware of how the euro-zone has been a financial disaster. But it is now starting to become clear that it is a social disaster as well. What often gets lost in the discussion of growth rates, bail-outs and banking harmonisation is that the eurozone is turning into a poverty machine.

As its economy stagnates, millions of people are falling into genuine hardship. Whether it is measured on a relative or absolute basis, rates of poverty have soared across Europe, with the worst results found in the area covered by the single currency.

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