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Old 09-22-2012, 10:46 AM
Location: USA
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Some people say that we are an illusion. I was trying to understand what they could have meant by such a statement. And this is what I came up with.

What is "real" to us is what we were programmed to perceive as real. So for example, in our mind, flesh and bones are real, but a character in the movie (or in a game) is not real.

Whatever we were programmed to believe to be real, is real to us. And that means that anything not according to this programming is considered as “not real” by our brain. And if some still call that thing “real”, the brain says: “it’s an illusion” (which means: it only looks real, but in reality it’s not real).

So, the word “illusion” is used to say that something only looks real, but in reality is not real.

For ages people believed that we are made of flesh and bones and that is real.

But with the new discoveries and the ability to see beyond atoms, some people have started to see that from another perspective, we are nothing but forces which interact with each other.

So when you sit on a chair, you are programmed to perceive the chair as solid and your bottom as solid. But looking from another perspective, you sitting on a chair equals the forces of the stuff that make up a chair are interacting with the forces that make up your bottom.

So which is real? How should we see ourselves? Real as in flesh and bones or real as in interactive forces?

From what I understand, the brain (of most people) is capable of assigning the value of "real" only to one state of being. (So the brain considers some different state as not real).

So most people see flesh and bones as real. But the people who are looking at us from a different perspective (from the perspective that we are interactive forces) then say: you only think that flesh and bones are real, but in reality they are not real. It's an illusion. You are actually made of interactive forces, not of flesh and bones.

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Old 09-25-2012, 12:54 PM
Location: Central Maine
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A good book to read concerning this is "Holographic Universe", and is really thought provoking. Are we someone non-physical perceiving what we believe to be physical through and with the limitations of a physical body? Good question.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:48 PM
Location: Whittier
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Brain in a vat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Simulacra and Simulation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Real - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


If those links don't lead you down the rabbit hole, nothing will.
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