Reality, just how real is it? Remember the Matrix? It’s just a movie, right? I remember a quote from another science fiction type movie: “Science fiction is the precursor to science fact”. Could this be true, that the imagination translated into fiction is perhaps tapping into the unseen?
What our mind sees
Our minds see what they are able to see, seriously working to protect the delicate psyche.
Stories have been told of the natives inability to see ships off the coast in the time of Christopher Columbus. It took great effort for a tribal leader to attune his eyes to see something that did not exist, at least not in the eyes of his people. But those ships did exist, a good thing for the sake of those aboard the ships.
If the natives could not see something as plainly visible as ships on the horizon, then what does that say about any of us and our ability to “see”?
Reality and the Matrix
University of Washington professor of physics Martin Savage has taken on the Matrix, so to speak, along with one of this grad students and Silas Beane from the University of New Hampshire. The question to be answered? Can they find traces of simulation in cosmic rays? Many questions could follow, such as “what does that mean to this thing we call reality?”
This isn’t the first time that reality, as we know it, has been challenged. A 2003 paper published at the University of Oxford delved into not just science but the science-related area of philosophy. The question still stands on whether or not the Matrix is possible, with not just one reality, but thousands, even millions of realities taking place at the same time. But looking more closely at our own perceptions and ideas, isn’t that already the case?
Reality – We see what we see
We all see things in our own way, though many perceptions are shared and accepted as being “the real reality”. The thought of a Matrix-type reality is mind boggling, with the idea that our perceived “freedom” doesn’t exist, or that it comes at a very high price. Again we can cross over into our own lives, and find those concepts to hold some truth.
We still struggle with our perceptions, rights and our freedom. Marie a Curie once said “If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”
That said, George Bernard Shaw shared his own sentiments: “Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.”
One final quote, by Carl Sagan, “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” Ah, the wonders of the human mind, just as expansive and unexplored as the universe around us.
Reality What a Concept ©2012 Dennis Finn. About the author: Dennis appreciates combining enthusiasm with spiritual, exploring games, concepts, and entertainment as a source for personal enrichment.