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gamma     Wed, Sep 29, 2010  Permanent link
Today I enjoyed the 3D video from Samsung at the technology exibition. They played Monsters vs. Aliens. I dreamt of having a better communication... by immersing myself into the Android phone, and picking up two of the hostesses and their boss and taking them... home.

I recall that Castaneda wrote in his books how having the experience of an alternative reality is safe. "The power will take care of the warrior", so that he can worry only about the alternative reality while the power will take care of where he actually was in this reality during his experience. I suspected that you would continue from that point and make a daring assurance regarding the reality shifts.

Given the emphasis on the danger and the critical difference between the experiences of an ordinary and an alternative reality, I think that we can skim the message from the situation. When the alternative reality is happening, it is replacing the ordinary reality. I think that by knowing that, stating that clearly, we know how it is done or what it is like better. The alternative would be to prepare a very narrow door for ourselves to peer into another world.
allabouteveryone     Thu, Sep 30, 2010  Permanent link
If I understand you correctly you feel there is little danger in immersing ourselves in fictional, or quasi-fictional, realities, as long as we are aware of the fact that they are unreal, in comparison to the empirical, physical reality we perceive as our one true reality.

My point is that the effect of immersing our psyches into very believable 'other' realities, or even a high degree of augmentation of the physical reality we see as our true reality, is unknown. I point out that fantasy and fiction are part of our everyday experience and therefore we immerse ourselves in alternate realities already. I also wanted to ponder a little on where a greater degree of immersion might lead us. The idea of reality itself will become questionable perhaps, which is neither good nor bad, just a realignment of perception.

On the subject of whether greater immersion into a metaverse of infinite, alternate realities is either positive or negative, I would say it is likely to be both. On the negative side, to immerse ourselves in our dreams or super egos (or even our ids) may be something we do not wish to leave, similarly, it may create a space for rampant abuse (after all, it isn't real), the effects of which would be psychologically real in whichever reality you wish to allude to.

On the positive side, whole new ways of realisation and understanding about ourselves, communication with one another and exploring and defining what it means to be human may well be envisioned. Certainly, the idea of a more flexible description of reality, one that accepts our reliance upon fiction as a means of reading the world I can see having many possible benefits.

Ultimately though, the ability to immerse ourselves in believable, fictional realities will be as much a manifestation of our fears as much as it is a manifestation of our hopes. The human psyche is a complex and fragile thing, and dreams of elysium are seldom realised without some sort of related purgatory; we create our own heavens, but only in relation to our own hells. Boldly assuring ourselves of utopia negates a history of human experience which, I for one, find compellingly real.
gamma     Thu, Sep 30, 2010  Permanent link
If I understand you correctly you feel there is little danger in immersing ourselves in fictional, or quasi-fictional, realities, as long as we are aware of the fact that they are unreal, in comparison to the empirical, physical reality we perceive as our one true reality.

I specifically say that the alternative reality replaces the ordinary reality completely. There is nothing safe about it. The value will not be judged in general or discussed. The evaluation is stupid, because it is only theoretical and not concrete, actual and complete. The alternative reality is not unreal, it is reality. Being aware of the alternative reality is not "being aware" that it is all a lie. Being safe in the alternative reality means that you interact with it and see how it goes.

When I watch a movie, I wonder what will the movie do to me if it is scary or ugly. Things that are coming at me are made of the portions of my brain. Therefore, there is a triangle comprised of the state of being cool, the state of exhilaration and the attentiveness. They are the portions of the alternative me in the alternative reality.

I point out that fantasy and fiction are part of our everyday experience and therefore we immerse ourselves in alternate realities already. I

Well, if I had an enlightenment, I would know that the ordinary reality was like that, like a fantasy with a special emphasis and importance that grabbed all the attention. Then I would fantasize better and be free from the ordinary reality. But I wish at the moment, the respect for the plans that I have and my focus on things, perhaps taste, because they could represent me better socially. There should be more respect for other people's plans, because the story of experience starts with what they focus on.


My point is that the effect of immersing our psyches into very believable 'other' realities, or even a high degree of augmentation of the physical reality we see as our true reality, is unknown.


Well, I think that the alternative reality that looks like tits would mean nothing to you unless you adapt to it.

Certainly, the idea of a more flexible description of reality, one that accepts our reliance upon fiction as a means of reading the world I can see having many possible benefits.

Culture is fiction and its useful energy.