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Day 468

The Wobbly Atheist..... and the "Simulated Universe"

I like to tell people that I'm 99.99% atheist. They ask, "but why that .01%?" Oh, that to doesn't represent doubt, because there is no doubt in my mind that "god" is a concept that was created and perpetuated by our misfiring neurons. Richard Dawkins helped me understand all that......

So what's with the .01%? More important than a belief in a deity, is my understanding that I am fallible. That .01% represents my humility for the wonder that we are all here, living a life, trying to make the best go of it that we can....

Me, I align myself with the physicists and philosophers who are pretty much in agreement that reality is an illusion, and that we're most likely a product of some advanced civilization that has programmed a reality that gives us the idea that we live in an actual physical world. But it's not really there... it's "the matrix," as my friends like to opine.

Which I'm fine with: I'll die, the code that gives me a body, personality and "soul" will probably be broken down and reconstituted in some other reality. It was a quick run, and I've enjoyed much of it. Maybe even more....

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  • miranda_b miranda_b
    8 months ago

    Somebody took the blue pill

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  • George Smith George Smith
    8 months ago

    Interesting, Rav. I agree with much of what you say, especially the bit about humility. But I would put a full stop after the word illusion. Reading Oliver Sacks made me realise just how much of our reality is inside our heads. His book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, is a profoundly moving and disturbing read. You subscribe to a higher entity suggesting we're a product of an advanced civilisation. I don't see the point of that, if that civilisation isn't joining in and playing with us (like the ancient gods of the Greek myths from so long ago). And if it is it's not advanced, is it - considering all the pain and suffering endured by so many. For me it's just the strangeness of being.

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  • RavDiablo RavDiablo
    8 months ago

    I love Oliver Sacks - I used to some of the stories to my 5th graders so they could understand how scientists understand the mind.

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