I’ve always had a strange feeling about the nature of reality.
When I was about eight years old, I remember asking my little brother if he was real, as if this was all some big joke, and I was the punchline.
This was before the Matrix, the Truman Show, or even Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher.
Something has always felt a little off about this world:
What I mean is that based on what people have told me about their subjective experience versus what I’m actually experiencing seem like two totally different accounts that aren’t even in the same ballpark.
When the Matrix came out, I was obsessed for months and made everyone from my hometown watch it.
(If you haven’t seen it, go watch it, now!)
In the movie, machines have taken over the world and enslaved the human race in order to use them as an energy source.
They control them by keeping them hooked into a virtual reality system called “the matrix”.
While my friends and family enjoyed the action sequences, I didn’t think they grasped the deeper meaning of the whole movie or even questioned if it could be true or not like I did.
I didn’t give a shit, I was really into it and when I get into something I’ve gotta tell everyone.
I grew up in a Southern Baptist household, so I was always interested in higher powers and what happens after death.
Because I had been such a bad kid, I thought I was going to hell for sure, and my mind would make it real sometimes; triggering intense panic attacks with auditory and visual hallucinations that included demons grabbing me by the leg and dragging me to the lake of fire.
Once YouTube came out and I started watching people like Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens, the logic and reason liberated my mind from the shackles of an authoritarian deity that could look into my mind and judge my thoughts.
I felt free, and I no longer had panic attacks but I still had questions.
Along my studies through atheism, I discovered more and more information about artificial intelligence.
Many scientists believe that we are quickly reaching a point with technology where the machines will be able to reach human level intelligence.
Once this happens, it will be the beginning of an A.I. revolution; the machine will know how to make recursive upgrades to itself and will learn at an exponential rate, quickly using it’s power to turn itself into a vessel of super intelligence that we will no longer be able to control.
Some think this will happen far far in the future, some think it could happen early as tomorrow.
Everyone does, however, agree that it will happen.
Some, like Elon Musk, who are of a more mathematically inclined brand, say it’s already happened.
Yup, it already happened and the math has been staring us in the face as long as we’ve been around:
- The infinite cosmos that’s been around for billions of years; no sign of intelligence except our own.
- The fact that we are seemingly days aways from an artificial intelligence breakthrough, and yet it hasn’t happened.
- That we happen to exist at this point in time, the most creme de la creme time to exist in, on the eve of this explosion that hasn’t (and maybe never will) happened yet is the ultimate coincidence.
- That our carbon won the lottery by the universe popping into existence, then again by being in this galaxy, and then again by being on a planet that happens to be in the exact place necessary for life, and then again by being the fastest sperm out of trillions.
And for those that think I’m ‘flat-earthin’ ya’, just go to your local mall and try on a set a virtual reality headsets and see if that doesn’t get your mind moving.
1. I am the one who is being entertained. This is my game, my show. I’m supposed to go as hard as I possibly can and have as much fun as possible.
2. I can control this place with my mind. Time does not matter, rules do not matter. Things will manifest themselves for me if I just say what I want and then take a couple of steps of absolute certainty towards it, it will happen.
3. This is a higher level game, one where all of the challenges and battles happen in the mind.
I began to rework the look and feel of my reality through things like journaling and messaging, which are basically just ways of me communicating my desires to this system.