Re: virus: Re:virtuality
Mon, 6 Jan 97 09:38:01 GMT

Alex Williams wrote:

> Drakir wrote:
> > That is a possibility. Could it, do you think, be done so that a person's
> > personality is erased, and a new one implanted for the purposes of a game?
> > I don't think so, 'cos surely the object of a game is to test the "real"
> > you in different environments. Interesting concept. Maybe we're all in a
> > prison block at the moment, and we're having psychotherapy, trying to change
> > our persona, to fit in with the society from which we came.
> Why would they need to erase my mind so I can play a different
> persona?

Not just /play/ another personna, because as soon as the game finishes, you
return to your original [twisted] self. The idea I'm suggesting is that
you could be permanently altered to fit society's view of the 'ideal'

> Ever play in a role-playing game?

Yup, but not for a little while.

> I play different
> characters with highly diverse personalities all the time. If our
> reality is just a big role-playing game for some higher cosmic
> entities, if I die as a mass-murdering fiend today, I might be back
> (after I write up a new sheet) as a pious priest tomorrow.

Now that would be scary ;)

> > Most of the people who believe in reincarnation, as part of their religion,
> > tend to be fairly peace orientated, as one group (and I think it's Bhuddism,
> > but I'm ot sure), believe that you come back as an animal, so you have to
> > be nice to animals. Others believe that if you're bad in life, you get demoted,
> > so to speak, to a lower level of humanity, but if you better yourself then
> > you get promoted. The probelm is that if you are so bad, you become an
> > "untouchable", or something, and you can never escape from that situation.
> In terms of belief, however, your virtual psychotic doesn't believe
> any differently than someone who believes in reincarnation.


> The only
> disagreement is on the ethical surrounds.

Exactly. He doesn't believe that he has anything to loose by dying, whilst
most religions that support reincarnation have this clause which makes it
impossible for the true believer to behave badly on the assumption that
death is irrelevant. I've outlined the ideas above.

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