Re: virus: Re:virtuality
Fri, 27 Dec 96 11:57:48 GMT

> > Is there any way we can tell if the world we live in is not an artificial
> > world impregnated into our brain thinking in our real body somewhere far
> > away?
> >
> > How do we know if everything we are living through is artificial?
> From the memetic PoV: Does it matter?

If there were no way of distinguishing between the real and the virtual
world (which I think we decided there isn't, but I missed most of that
thread, so feel free to correct me), then it has no effect of the meme
structures that are already in place, *but* if there is a possible way to
tell if we are in a virtual world at the moment, then I think it would
have massive implications on memes.

As I understand it, memes affect the way we act and think. This means that
there is a meme preventing us from going out and killing one another wantonly,
is that correct? Now if we were to discover that killing someone has no
effect on their "real life" then that meme becomes redundant. This, in turn,
would have far reaching implications on all forms of morality memes, and
any kind of law-memes (made up term).

Do you agree?

> If reality is virtual it still
> engenders the same memes and meme-complexi into your brain as if you
> were experiencing it.

But only if you are unaware that you are in a Virtual World (IMO).

> The only real question that is of use is what do you do if it /is/
> virtual and its state changes, but that enters the realm of the purely
> speculative.

But speculation is always good for a fun discussion, isn't it? :)

> The question of whether all reality is virtual is simply
> unprovable, one way or another.

Is it possible, though?

Richard Jones
"We are the New Breed,
We are the Future."