It's not real. None of it is real.
I have wanted to do this post for some time, but just never got around to it.
The post is about the fact that some people think that we might already be living in a Matrix type reality. Here is an article about it from some months ago, when I meant to do this post.
[quote] http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2007/080307sonymatrix.htm Sony
Brings Real Life Matrix A Step CloserSets precedent for future artificial utopias constructed to escape hellhole of real world Paul Joseph Watson & Alex JonesPrison PlanetThursday, March 8, 2007 Sony is preparing to unveil a simulated reality world in which Playstation gamers can create a new life for themselves, complete with their own apartment, friends, movies, shopping and entertainment, bringing the reality of an actual matrix a step closer. "Sony has unveiled plans for its own virtual universe for the PlayStation 3 where users will be able to socialise, shop and even go to the movies -- all without setting foot outside in the real world. The service -- a kind of MySpace meets Linden Lab's Second Life meets the video-sharing site YouTube -- will become available for PS3 users worldwide in late 2007, Sony announced in a statement available here Thursday," reports AFP.
The concept of simulated reality is understood to mean a computer generated world that is almost indistinguishable from reality. Though Sony's "Home" service is at its foundation just a souped up interactive entertainment platform, the technology to in effect step inside the screen, similar to a virtual reality experience, is close at hand.
The technology to take a video capture of an individual, turn it into a kind of hologram and then beam it to the other side of the world and have that hologram interact with others already exists. Within the next fifteen years we are likely to see the transformation of online shopping to the point where buyers can actually walk through virtual reality stores and pick up and inspect the holograms of the products they are interested in.
Projecting even further down the line, simulated reality allied with hologram technology will allow individuals to attend social gatherings, educational classes, sports events and more without having to leave the comfort of their own home. Whether such events are actually taking place in the real world or are solely artificial creations of the virtual environment will be down to the discretion of the user.
All this paves the way for a potential Matrix-like scenario where people are literally plugged in to a falsely constructed reality. Whoever controls that Matrix thus controls the activities of its users and participation may eventually become mandatory, with babies subsequently being born directly into the matrix.
Or on the other hand, the Matrix could act as a kind of subscription based escapism, where users pay extortionate fees to exist inside a mock utopia in order to flee the horror of the real world.
This scenario was fictionalized in the popular 1990's UK Sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, where the crew partake in a "Total Immersion Video Game" called Better than Life, a virtual reality paradise where one's every demand is instantly gratified.
In the novel of the same name, the characters are unaware that they are living in an artificial reality and the system even causes the users to imagine semi-plausible explanations for strange events so that they never come to the realization that their life is a technologically induced hallucination. Meanwhile, the bodies of the users in the real world wither away and die while they are consciously locked into the game. [/quote]
Pretty scary right. Well there is technology right now that as you know is allowing people that are paralyzed to move things with their minds.
There are a lot of paralyzed and disabled people around the world today. These people cannot imagine their life without others and many of them feel uncomfortable about it. For many years scientists have been doing their best to help such people and to ease their lives and only today they seem to have found the solution. A brain implant makes it possible for paralyzed patients to move a robotic arm and a computer cursor with some ease, says a study released Thursday.
The report published in the journal Nature comes amid intense efforts by neuroprosthetics researchers to give paralyzed patients more normal lives.
A second journal study involving two monkeys suggests such implants may allow paralyzed people to type the equivalent of 15 words a minute.
Brain implants "are really a launching pad for a whole new kind of neurotechnology," says John Donoghue of Brown University in Providence , co-author of the first study. He and colleagues report that an implant enabled a 25-year-old paralyzed man to squeeze a robotic hand and use a robotic arm to move objects and a computer cursor.
Unlike efforts that employ non-invasive scalp readings of brain activity, researchers surgically attached a rigid 100-electrode sensor, about the size of a pencil eraser tip, atop the motor-control region of the paralyzed patient's brain, USA Today says.
Ninety-six electrodes, which sit on a 0.2-square-inch (4-square-millimeter) panel, were implanted into the patient's motor cortex, a part of the brain responsible for movement.
The electrode panel is attached by a cord to a penny-size titanium disk on the outside of his skull.
The disk serves as an attachment for wires that connect to a computer, which has been programmed to interpret the messages of the man's firing brain neurons. [/quote]
Pretty cool right? Think what we will be able to do in 5-10 years. Moving things with just your
mind. Think what we can do if we start to teach kids to do this from a really early age. they will just get better and better at it.
Imagine being in a virtual world where you move things with your mind? Imagine if you were born into that world, how would you know it?
What if the world was just one big hologram? That might explain why there is no past, present, or future, and just simultaneous events happening at different times.
Have not read the book, but I have been following off and on the theory, but I have not been able to follow it to the degree that I would like to. Here is a partial review of the book.
[quote] scientific data?, January 8, 2001By Damian Nash (Durango, Colorado) -This is one of the most provocative books I have read in years. In the first few chapters Mr. Talbot describes the emerging holographic paradigm in science, drawing on David Bohm's work in quantum physics and Karl Pribam's work in neuroscience. I found both descriptions to be fascinating, and especially enjoyed the historical context for the work of these two seminal thinkers. As a person with a master's degree in neuroscience and chaos/complexity theory, I found a couple of his simplifications misleading, but would give him high marks for his overall comprehension of the conclusions of Pribam and his followers.
The remaining 2/3 of the book is a discussion of how the holographic paradigm may provide a rational basis for interpreting a wide variety of phenomenon located around the fringes of established science. He looks at everything from strange historical "miracles" like stigmata and appearances of the Virgin Mary to modern psychic abilities and LSD experiences, from out-of-body and near-death-experiences to UFO abductions. In addition, he compares language used in the modern scientific discussion of holography with the language used by ancient mystical traditions.
The US is creating something called sentient world simulation. The goal is to create an environment to create psychological operations. It will help the military to test multiple courses of actions. To be able to anticipate and shape the behaviour of adversaries, neutrals and actives.
A virtual world with every person on the planet. Sounds interesting. What if they have already done something similar. The video says they are pouring millions into this.
In the video she wonders if our clones in the parallel universe could help us figure out a way to fight back. Oh she also talks about Pat Tillman.
I just saw an article about this. But that is another post.
She also wrote an article. Here it is.
What reminded me to post this was a comment that was left on one of my blogs.
[quote]t’s All Fake, The Matrix / Truman Show is Real - The Real World Does Not Exist
Recently published scientific research states that most people don’t have first hand evidence of distant places. People only travel in a small area around their work and home.
The whole world is living in a real Truman show/ Matrix.
What people know of the real world has nothing to do with real life experiences but is second hand from books, TV and the Internet.
People tend to visit the same places over and over again.
On the Truman show the main character is imprisoned in a massive television sound stage that contains his entire home town. He fights to escape when he realises his world is fake. His world had defined boundaries, the walls of the sound stage.
Intuitively we think that we understand our own natural behaviour….
For research and more see
I will agree that most people really don't travel that much. Could we really be living in a virtual reality?
Anything is possible. With research on things like the holographic universe, advances in science like getting people to move things with their minds, and the armies simulated world project, you can never discount anything.
Now the question remains is we are living in a virtual world, where are our real bodies, and where is Morpheus to help us get out?
Oh one last thing. If the world is one big Matrix, then the rapture the bible speaks of could be one big unplugging for all those who survive this Matrix.
Fun things to think about.