nagash     Wed, Mar 17, 2010  Permanent link
what's the source of the 3 first paragraphs? they sound really familiar to me, but I don't know why...

sure, you are not the first and not the only to correlate our reality to computer programs. I do it all the time myself, and so does most people I talk - it only depends how familiar they are with machine logic, binaries, networks and stuff...

my opinion on why this metaphor resonates so deeply within, is because it's just the best metaphor we have on hand. over history, humans always tried to understand reality using allegories based on mathematics, agriculture, civilization, science... today we have algorithmic programs that give form to huge networks, and virtual worlds growing on complexity faster and faster... virtual realities are so far, the best allegories we have to understand what makes a reality - or something like that ; )

and just as a side note: Matrix 2 and 3 sucks to square, and cube, respectively hehehe
Infinitas     Wed, Mar 17, 2010  Permanent link
I was having a conversation with my roommate the other day about the future of philosophy and virtual reality. When computer technology reaches the point when you can be in a virtual world and instantaneously have or do anything you can imagine, and you can upload your memory to the virtual world, what will be the consequences? After biological death, you could chose to live in a virtual world with infinite amounts of programable space, creating your own universe, existing without the need to satisfy our "physical responsibilities," becoming that which is able to create without bounds...a God.

People will kill themselves to escape and live in such a "world."
Mariana Soffer     Thu, Mar 18, 2010  Permanent link
When I started studying cell biology, including how dna is passed trough generations I had a strange thought: our biological world also has a binary behaviour, when you think how some genes express or not, or how the mendelian rules work regarding the recessive genes and the dominant ones, beings end up with one our the other eye color (as an example) not with a blend of the two inherited genes that had been inherited.
Pretty neat post, congrats for it.
TheUndying     Sun, Mar 21, 2010  Permanent link
Nagash: Those first three paragraphs- whether you're talking about the italicized or body paragraphs- are from me. But the entire theme of this post seems to be something that a lot of people compare our reality to as well, so I'm sure others have written similar thoughts.

Also I completely agree that the 2nd and 3rd installments to the The Matrix Trilogy do the original no justice at all. I don't know where the story went wrong lol. However I liked the scene in Reloaded where Neo meets with The Architect and is schooled on the paradox of human choice. It's kind of reflective of the whole Determinism vs. Free Will theme found in a lot of philosophical arguments I've read. Check out the Animatrix though if you haven't already (and if you're into Anime styled animations). It fills in some gaps in the Matrix Universe and also adds some other creative stories in there.

Mariana: Before researching a little more into biological evolution I used to wrongly think that the appearance of certain phenotypes was analogous to the mixing of paints rather than the shuffling of a card deck. If evolution really played out the way I once thought, all humans would probably eventually look the same, wouldn't they?
Mariana Soffer     Tue, Mar 23, 2010  Permanent link
Great reply to my comment, I see you understood perfectly what I said. Well regarding your question, I never thought that we would look the same eventually, due to the incredible amount of information each human contains, and the new discoveries about how genetics involving that the supposedly non-coding parts of the DNA indeed have an important role to play. And also I thought a little about how Genetics algorithms work regarding the evolution of the population that survive, and they do not have a tendency to evolve towards a population of equal individuals.
superconcepts     Thu, Mar 25, 2010  Permanent link
Amazing how we both had similar thought processes this week - I wrote my post "Who Are We" before I read this.