PART THREE: YOUR REALITY IS ALL IN YOUR MIND
Even if the Simulation Hypothesis is false, you still ‘live’ or ‘exist’ in a virtual reality, thanks to yourself. You ‘exist’ within a digital reality because all of your exterior really real the truth is altered from your own brain’s internal mental software to fit within your skull. Since really real fact isn’t inside your skull, what you perceive there needs to be digital actuality generated by your brain’s mental software.
Video games, training simulations, “imagine if” research scenarios are all 2-D. Depth is an illusion generated by the software.
Now say you climb up to the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building (or equivalent) and take in all the vast external landscape spread out before you. Now clearly that volume of space you see cannot fit within your skull, yet that’s exactly where it is since 100% of your really real reality is actually now inside your skull but as virtual reality. Everything external to your skull is recognized and filtered to match comfortably within your skull. Just like in a simulation, the dimensionality is transformed. Left-right and top-bottom are compressed to fit and depth is again illusionary. Your exterior world maybe 3-D but your perception is 2-D – just like every other digital reality simulation.
You don’t have enough bits and bytes inside your skull to accommodate all that you observe, so short-cut compromises are being made by your brain’s mental software in order to match what you externally see to fit that view that’s now within your skull.
I cannot fit inside your head but if you saw me, that’s where I’d be because of the photons reflecting off of me and into and through your eye and on to your retina hence converted to electrical impulses which transmit as electrical signals into your brain which reconstructs same back into a virtual truth version of me that now can fit within your skull.
In reducing the vastness of outside (your skull) to the compactness of inside (your skull), that’s showing an economy of scale. There has to be a loss of data in this compactification of a large amount of volume thrust into a tiny quantity (your skull). Lots of stuff gets left out. So in fact there could be relatively little similarity between the really real reality out there and the virtual reality inside your mind. It’s like saving one in every ten letters that’s in the text of a book or other document. It’s the same with any simulation. There’s never an one-on-one correlation.
This concept of virtual reality all in the mind is also nicely illustrated by the fact that you desire. Your dreams are inner to you. They are virtual fact. Your brain’s mental software can create highly, very highly realistic dreams and fantasy scenarios. And as with the case of the translation of a vast external actuality shrunk down to fit within your skull, your wish landscapes are mini versions of what would can be found, if they exist at all, ‘away there’.
How about memory space? Say one hundred days ago you did one thousand things from waking up and getting dressed, to going to the bathroom and making up the bed, to making, eating and doing (washing) the breakfast dishes, from heading to the store to buy milk and bread, to watching this and that show, reading this book chapter, going out dancing, posting bits and pieces here – thousands upon thousands of possibilities. Presumably your neural processes didn’t discriminate between all of these 1000 activities that you do one hundred times ago. Yet a hundred days on, you might remember say just two out of those one thousand things that you did, yet you made no conscious decisions about what to remember and what to neglect. So apparently there is a software program within your neural networks that decides for your conscious self what to ignore and thus dumps those nine hundred and ninety-eight activities into the recycling bin and deletes it all. So there’s deliberate design that removes any and all unnecessary clutter and deliberate fine-tuning by defining exactly what is and what’s not clutter.
Now take the two things you do remember – say one of which was this new catchy tune on the radio. Now you don’t have inside your brain any of the standard technological storage retention devices like hard-drives, USB sticks, LPs, CDs & DVDs, pieces of paper, celluloid film, punch-cards, and so on. So what exactly is storing those two activities from one hundred times ago? It probably needs to be chemistry of some kind. Since I can’t think of any kind of known chemistry (atmospheric, nuclear, cooking, blood, soil, organic, inorganic, bio, etc.) that incorporates memory, how is this new catchy melody stored?
Oh, there is one other memory space storage device – software.
So, to conclude, you are, as is everything else you perceive and hence come to terms with, virtual reality thanks to your own software. Now do that software arise naturally or was it implanted by an external means?
PART THREE: YOUR REALITY IS ALL IN YOUR MIND