Another concept which rather well applies to the idea of a simulated reality is the notion of reality itself, both of our Creator’s own/our ultimate afterlife: Heaven, and then our reality that we presently exist in.
Now then, in the more traditional sense, the notion of Heaven and where our Creator also exists, is most often seen as being somehow separate from our own “level of reality”. In this way, we do not, in other words, exist inside of this higher level of reality, whereby our reality itself is actually somehow inside of Heaven. Stop and consider how the traditional sense of Heaven exists alongside our reality. We simply are not a part of our Creator’s reality in this traditional understanding, not until our souls ascend to our afterlife by moving onward. Current religious thought just finds that where we exist just now is quite simply separate from Heaven, and not “part of it” whereby it exists within/underneath this higher plane of existence. Thusly, this creates quite a problem that sees our reality as being separate from God’s own.
But when you look at such notions from the perspective of the simulation hypothesis, it is there where we can find that we actually exist inside of our Creator’s reality. In other words…? In that more traditional understanding, the question of where our reality exists and where our Creator’s reality alongside our own afterlife exists? It is essentially an open question, but one where there really isn’t any room to associate our reality as being a part of our Creators, as in it exists within it, being a lower tiered reality that is a part of (inside & below) that Creator’s plane of existence.
Yet it is with the simulation hypothesis wherein we gain an answer as to where our reality exists vis-a-vis our Creators: Our reality is “inside” of that Creator’s reality – not necessitating the literal creation of an entirely separate reality, one that’s outside of that reality. Because that traditional understanding creates a problem in this way: If our own reality is separate from our Creators, and not a part of it, then our reality can be seen as being equal to that Creators plane of existence. Much like how the idea of a multiverse works, you’d have an infinite number of spheres of existence. Here a bubble, there a bubble: Each one essentially being equal to one another, each containing its own reality/universe.
This *really* doesn’t work with the understanding of our reality up against our Creator’s reality/our own Heaven or afterlife. We have always understood that our reality is a lower tiered plane of existence up against God’s own reality. So you have two ways of understanding this: Our reality is either separated from Heaven, existing alongside of it, or else, with the simulation hypothesis, we can exist inside of and underneath God’s own reality/heaven – a part of a lower tiered universe.
Most traditional senses of religious thought definitively do not find that we exist “inside” or underneath God’s higher plane of existence. We are simply separate from that reality. There’s just no room in such thought to find that our own reality exists as a part of Heaven itself; instead finding that our reality is separate from God’s own, wherein it can be seen as being almost equal to that reality as a consequence of its being separated from God’s higher tiered plane of existence.
It’s largely with the simulation hypothesis that we can grasp a more rational understanding: That our reality literally exists inside of/underneath/below our Creator’s own. There we can begin to conceive how that reality of ours is so connected to our Makers; how we can “move on” and ascend to an afterlife, simply moving on up to that higher plane of existence where ours exists inside of our Creators reality. In this way, our reality is never equal to our Makers in just such a way, but rather it always exists below and almost subservient to that higher plane of existence.
With the philosophy of the simulation hypothesis (one quite different from my own ideas, where the simulations are always just created by human civilizations… on and on and on), there has been the thought of the problem of having a never ending chain of simulated realities: Each new reality constantly progressing along to an equal point in time where they create simulations just the same as their own was so done. Yet this simply cannot be: If a simulated reality exists on some form of technological creation inside of one reality, that “hardware” or whatever the case may be cannot be capable of handling a never ending chain of equal simulations. In other words, with the idea of the simulated reality, that reality of ours is automatically less capable than the reality of our Creator.
So we come around to the idea that fits with our traditional understanding: The reality we exist in during our formative time is not equal to our Creators. It simply can never be equal to that higher plane of existence. We exist inside of, below, and underneath our Creator’s reality. The more traditional sense, however, sees our reality as being somehow separated from our Creators. With that notion in mind, we just don’t find that our reality exists inside of heaven itself. It is instead separate from God’s plane of existence, Created in some way as to exist outside of “God’s Kingdom”.
So it is that the idea of a simulated reality coexists with our Creator’s reality: Made in such a way as to exist inside of our Maker’s own reality, and so it is never equal to that higher plane of existence, but rather is always limited by the capabilities of our Creator’s own higher tier of reality.
This also allows us to conceive of only but a singular reality: There isn’t God’s reality, then our own -dwelling somewhere outside of God’s plane of existence-, and perhaps a Hell to boot. With the simulation hypothesis, we can rather see that there is only one reality, and then ours exists inside of that one bit of Creation.
In summarizing our previous piece: Since the dawn of man, we’ve always asked ourselves, “Why?” Why -exactly- are we here, to begin with? What are we doing here? How have we come to be here?! Simply who we are… at all? All of those are very good questions, indeed! Equally so, all of those many different answers applied to them have remain unchanged -by and large- for countless centuries, at the very absolute least! Most of them even date back multiple millennia!
And yet… just this past century has brought with it change quite unlike anything ever before witnessed by anyone. Electricity? Transportation, with cars, planes and trains? No less, the dawn of the nuclear age? Then, the past couple of decades alone have rapidly seen such gains become exponential in magnitude- now, only every few years our technologies are totally and completely transforming the all of everything. Think about the previous 20 years: Computers. The Internet. Cellular phones. Genetics and DNA.
Then, over but the last handful of them: Tablets beget mobile devices; the Internet becomes available everywhere, no less coming at broadband speeds! Smart devices beget the Smart Home; where now we can turn simple lights off and on using any mobile device, from anywhere! Our digital devices? Not only do they currently audibly talk to us, but so too understanding us whenever we speak to them! Artificial intelligences surely aren’t very far off right now, heralding a truly unprecedented new world quite unlike any before.
Greetings, and welcome to the first post of this new blogging endeavor of mine – a place where I intend on exploring and addressing matters of faith & existentialism from a decidedly modern viewpoint, one especially based around science and technology. That may well sound like something of an impossibility -or, if nothing else, absolutely nothing could hope to embody all of those aspects and still have it make a lick of sense- but I hope by the time I’m finished with writing this site, you’ll agree it’s anything but impossible!
I can say this just now largely because those very same things have ultimately been what culminated in my coming to starkly different sets of beliefs about… well, about everything, I suppose – and so it’s with these various beliefs of mine that this body of work will dedicate itself to properly explaining.
At their core, these ideas represent an alternative view of various faith-based concepts; all the while, it’s also very much a view that remains all but nonexistent in today’s world – no matter where, to whom or for what one might themselves turn. Likewise, they represent beliefs that are nothing I myself see as exceedingly revolutionary, nor anything quite so bizarre as to defy either categorization as or harmonious coexistence fitting within previous such religious thought.
Rather, I feel all of this to be only a natural evolution of our most fundamental questions or cultural/societal tenets. Somewhat crudely stated? With aspects of religion, science, technology and philosophy, it works to take what came before, along with what currently is, and to blend them both together; allowing our present understandings and level of advancement to inform, transform and, just perhaps, even somehow redefining things decidedly ancient or apocryphal in nature.
Indeed, perhaps the most important question for us to start off with considering…? Why is there a complete absence of anything remotely approaching these sorts of ideas – despite our now going on a century or better since first we might’ve begun to inch ourselves toward such (quantum) leaps forward?
We’re now beginning to get much deeper into things, as this post contains one of what I feel is the most central ideas to this entire body of work: Perceiving the all of human civilization much the same as any other singular maturing entity. Meaning…? It progressively grows and advances, maturing all the while, in being able to stand as something fundamentally changed from what it once was.
An idea of a linearly+progressively evolving -maturing- human civilization should not be seen as some excuse or desperate bid to explain away or dismiss certain aspects of older religious teachings. Rather, it is evidenced in every single other aspect of Creation itself: Human beings… or, for that matter, all known life. Stars and planets, alike. The whole universe!
For all things in our humble little slice of reality, there is both a time to be born and a time to die. In between those two, absolutely nothing exists in some static state, wholly unchanging all the while. To expect that Creator would imbue human civilization with such an impossible trait found nowhere else seems most irrational, just on its face.
We -being humanity itself, far and wide; large and incalculable- are much like a single living organism in many ways (as I’ve already established). I’d now like to take a moment to step back and expand further upon this notion, trying to visualize what it really means to us, before once more moving onward.
Imagine all of our history, entailing all men, women and children who have ever walked this earth, looking up and asking ‘Why?’ Imagine it – all of them, and us, as one. Human culture, human knowledge, human wisdom, human understanding, human society, and yes, human religion. It is far too easy to take a microscopic view, seeing ourselves as singular – to imagine that we are little different as individuals from Johan the sailor two centuries prior. We were born, we were kids, we learned, we aged, became adults, began careers and families, age further still, then pass from this world. In the end, we all end up the same.
Belief is a funny thing – our faith being singularly unique throughout all of Creation as something found solely in we human beings. There’s truly nowhere else where we might also observe anything endeavoring to look up and ask of itself, “Why? How…? What?!?”, let alone anything capable of knowing any such answers to those inquiries they might so deign to make! And yet, among those individuals found to exist in the many sorts of cultures and religions that we do in fact know for ourselves? Such beliefs have also come to mean so countless many wildly different things, to so very many widely different peoples – no less, ones that are spread across the whole wide world over!
So then, all that this work ultimately represents is my offering up what those beliefs have come to mean to me personally just now, and absolutely nothing more than that; existing only as but a meager reflection of that which I myself have come to believe is true in this life of ours so far.
Next up on our agenda? One might begin to wonder, “Why doesn’t God step in and make His wishes known to us directly, just as He once did so long ago?” In my eyes, this is an utter absurdity for anyone to realistically expect – it would completely, irrevocably disrupt our entire existence. It would also be exactly the same as a parent stepping in to “reparent” their 50-year old adult child… no less, with that parent’s refusing to step back, let go and allow their offspring to ‘sink or swim’ doubtlessly being responsible for whatever his or her present predicaments may be; those problems which require such reparenting, even at the half century mark! What’s more, God simply doesn’t need to do any such thing! – most certainly not when He can influence and direct the very same desired outcomes, only doing so from “behind the scenes,” as it were.
There appears to be a good many here in our world today who seem to expect that, in their mind, God’s existence is somehow disproven by the lack of any (relatively recent) direct interactions with us or our forebears. All the more, many a conartist or cultist in such modern times have outright declared that, if they themselves aren’t God and/or Jesus Christ reborn, then God at the very least directly communicates to them – and to them alone! Both of these views -that God must either prove His divine existence to us by way of direct interaction, or that God really is somehow speaking to only one out of seven billion worth- are utterly incorrect, in my estimation… most especially not when God -that higher power/force- doesn’t need to do anything of the sort!
All of human civilization -our modern world, itself, alongside all the endless blessings brought with our natural understandings being exploited in the form of inventive technologies- only exist due to the combined efforts of all mankind. Two sayings in particular seem most apt in conveying this idea: How no one person is ever an island, all to themselves; as well as our each standing high today perched upon the shoulders of giants.
Sure, they might just sound ridiculously, if not altogether absurdly, contrived in nature or inapplicable to our daily/personal lives. But they also possess definitive meaning and particular resonance for us, all the same. This thusly works out to symbolize an important notion as it relates to our concerns here: Epitomizing the essential truth that we are all in this crazy adventure called life together – a reality that holds true even throughout time itself!
Further, that we are one and all human beings: Sharing in our most fundamental characteristics and cornerstones, whilst still remaining unique as individuals. Ultimately, all those many individuals combine as one to result in a whole wide world… being the all of human civilization, itself! But even so, that civilization is nothing without the near infinite amount of blood, sweat and tears by all the many countless generations whose time came before ours, here on this swirling blue ball otherwise known as Earth.
So I very much possess an utter, unwavering certainty that we exist where we are today by benefit of our place atop the shoulders of the most towering of giants. That same giant? ‘Tis none other than the all of humanity that has come before us and our time! Every single last individual, from the mightiest and most famous to the lowliest of long forgotten wretches, has in some way or another contributed to our getting here just now. In addition to recognizing our divine Creator, the efforts of our forebears mustn’t be forgotten in any way – or, far worse still, simply ignored out of egocentric tendencies/focus. Certainly, not a single one of us would be in this fantastical future world had it not been for all those many who preceded us here in the modern day.
Prior to moving on to the now, there should first be a rumination on the before – the what and why of various religious dogmas the world over – before we ourselves can move forward and beyond. Let us begin by an examination on some of the marked changes unfurling over the past century and change which has radically altered our understanding of who and what we are, and where it is that we exist.
Now imagine yourself in such a state as we might have been in so very long ago, when that divine Creator provided us with His teachings, wisdom and guidance. In other words, what does this idea about humanity having been in an infantile state actually mean to us?
Try to picture the world back then, right alongside you yourself – much as you’d be without any of the fancy schooling and knowledge that we presently enjoy. It’s hard, if not impossible, to actually try and do so, isn’t it just? To shake off the decades of being filled with the gifted knowledge of the entire human race made over many countless millennia – our uncanny ability… our downright obsession!- with self-discovery, exploration and comprehending any real understanding.