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2009.06.19 | 04:54
This post was brought to you by a rather crazy old lady I’ve seen a few times on the bus. She’d pretty much chase people away from a particular seat, and stand in there. And then argue with the driver that he should turn off this “gas chamber”. So yes, she’s nuts. And evil.
Now, that made me think of things like… how odd it is, when someone has an issue with his or her brain, chances are they won’t even notice it themselves. It’s likely they’ll perceive the world as fine and peachy, while outsiders will be very aware of them being nuts.
It reminded me of the simulation hypothesis a bit — the simulants are unaware of being in a simulation. In other words, us being in a reality only we perceive and in one that really is the reality — no difference, can’t prove it either way, it’s just way more feasible and probable that the real reality’s case is the case.
So, the two things combined: if you experience something “extraordinary”, how do you know it was real? There’s no way to know. You’ve turned into an anthropomorphic dragon one night? Could happen! Or you could be nucking futs. Managed to kamehameha a fireball? Maybe you really scorched the next lamp post, maybe it’s only in your head. No use asking anyone — if they tell you you’ve indeed done those things, even then you can’t be sure, because maybe it’s just your perceived reality that they’re telling you this, or that you have a tail, or that you see the scorched lamp post for the next few weeks (or years as it would be in Budapest). Seen God manifest in front of you? Could happen. Or maybe it’s just your perceived reality.