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Randy

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Damn it! Undo!!!!!

William Tell

My idea for a movie is:

Drugs can be synthesised faster than the government can regulate, and all our food and drink contain different drugs. Similar to when Coca Cola was first introduced. Only now you can be happy, smart, tired and horny, just by eating the right combination of candy bars, and by drinking soda.

In my world everyone is high, and that includes the drug companies. This results in an a wakening: The world is not a computer program out of control. The world is in your mind, and it is yours to control.

Nestlé replaces Google as the most valuable company in the world.

I just need a story to go with the scenario :)

minister of silly walks

That explains seeing the "Blue Screen of Death" in my corn flakes this morning.

Peter

That's funny, because I just thought of "Placebo Domingo" last week.

you didn't see me

Darn, you figured it out. This is all really just the Beta version. The finished one comes out on 08/08/08.

leslie

Matt, Seems I'm a confused person! It's those dratted little divider lines between the comments and the commentee. And I pushed the POST button twice...oh, ok, I was just trying to get attention.
Anyway, love the MC5, and it did take me by surprise to see them mentioned in a blog comment the first time I visit a blog totally unrelated to music. Seems Scott is onto something...

Ascii King

Did you ever notice how everyone seems to get an idea at the same time? My friend ascribes it to it being that idea's time has come. Perhaps this just means that the program introduces the idea into the simulation at that time.

Just more proof that we don't exist.

Ascii King

For awhile now I have liked the idea of a third Ghostbusters movie. I have aways known it would sell out if done well. The plot was to be the ghostbusters go to hell to close a gate that Dana's son opened. It would feature new, younger ghostbusters doing the work and the older ghostbusters providing home base support and training.

Yesterday I found out that Dan Akroyd has written a third movie and it has that same plot.

Edo

In fact, we are a sort of computer program: it's called DNA. It has only 4 sentences! I'm surprised you didn't notice earlier.

Abdullah

Well considering there were two movies that were released in the same year (The Matrix and The 13th floor) with a very similar concept behind it, I'll call that a freaky happening too.

Cliff

I’ve always enjoyed a speculation that the Earth and all us passengers are no more that some 10th grade galactic kids summer science fair project. We’re an ant farm. The dinosaurs died off when the blue ribbon was slapped roughly on Greenland. Now we sit, unattended, in a basement at the very edge of the galaxy, as the now post pubescent kid pleasures himself somewhere near Orion.

chuck

We already know we're programs.
The code is DNA.

Because DNA allows for so many variations, the programmers didn't have to worry about duplications. Occasionally there are identical twins and triplets. This is a bug.

The natural radiation program allows minor random changes to occur in the DNA, resulting in greater combinations.

Reproduction is a simple recursion program.

Memo G.

Isn't today's comic a re-run? At least it feels like it, or I dreamt this before.

Either way, it creates a disturbing feeling...

Nimrod

#1. Yea, that's a weird coincidence.

#2. Your movie synopsis feels way too much like other movies. The Matrix has long gone out of style by now.

#3. The NY Times article is the worst piece of crap, ever. Someone needs to dunk "Dr. Bostrom"'s head in a toilet. That's all I got to say.

Keyser Soze

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Sam Davis

This is similar to the theme of the Matrix movies, the difference being there was a real world competing with an intelligent-computer-run virtual one.

Jung theorized that we all share a "collective unconsciouness" or link that has not been fully demonstrated scientifically yet, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence for it. Included in those anecdotes is that, throughout history, the same innovative ideas seem to occur almost simultaneously to two or more different people. The telephone, radio transmission, and several others are prime examples.

Another is that there are people - you may have met one - who can literally sense what's going on with you without your having to say a word.

Still another is represented by the tests they've run on plants at several universities which show plants reacting "emotionally" to what's being done to other plants nearby or even at some distance.

So, it may boil down to whoever tunes in first is credited for the idea, when in fact it's been long stored in the great collective unconscious. And some small green humanoid named Yoda may have stored it there a million years ago on a planet far, far away. Who knows?

Peter Harcsa

Scott,

Your post did give me the chills, though only because it reminded me of a principle I read in Wikipedia a while ago. Here is the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_fate_of_the_universe#Life_in_a_mortal_universe

Specifically, the part where it talks about how in a collapsing universe, humans could harness the infinitely increasing power of the universe itself to simulate a program that could, to our perception, create a world that would never end that would contain their own consciousnesses. As the universe contracted more and more, and exponential amount of energy would be available to the program, and it could slow time even further within the program. Also, the program would have to be written in a hurry, so coincidences would be expected, and of course, while in the program, no one would want to remember that it was all just a program, so it would be coded into our base consciousness to perceive the world as "real".

Really we could all be in the final few milliseconds of a collapsing universe, and will be for a long, long time.

WCE

It's called "synchronicity".

"Synchronicity is a word created by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to describe the alignment of "universal forces" with the life experiences of an individual. Jung believed that many experiences perceived as coincidences were not merely due to chance, but instead reflected the creation of an event or circumstance by the 'co-inciding' or alignment of such forces. The process of becoming intuitively aware and acting in harmony with these forces is what Jung labeled 'individuation.' "

(Or in this case, 'induhviduation'.)

In other words, this is God's way of throwing a monkey wrench in your "moist robot/no-free-will" theory.

If we were all purely logical, we'd all be the same, and that would be contrary to the point of existence (and boring). God wants us to be individuals, not clones all responding the same way under the same circumstances (like ants). This applies to religious zealots who allow no deviation from their totalitarian doctrines, but also appplies to people who are 100% "rational". We use our freedom of will the most when we have to work out what's right and wrong on our own. (Believing in God isn't the same thing as being religious, most religions *want* you to be like clones. I think that's contrary to the whole point of existence, myself.)

Remember your point on the illusive nature of certainty? How certain are you that Free Will doesn't exist?

Diana W

If we only think we have bodies, then something's wrong with my program, because it's making me fat. Anybody got the code for Angelina Jolie's body? If so, I'll be looking for a good hacker.

Avi

I notice today is the debut of the coffee-swilling beaver! Awesome!

Lone Wolf

Synchronicity.

rita mae

You didn't know all this? C'mon, Scott. A bright boy like you? (Bobby is waiting to step in......shhh can you hear him?)

Rita Mae = 7 letters
Lindsay = 7 letters

We both go without panties sometimes.
We both like to stay up late.
We both distrust our friends on occasion.
We both run from cameras. (but for different reasons)

It's the "same same different" theory. I thought everyone knew that. Oops. Sorry.

Scott, still love you, but still too old to stalk you.

Rita Mae

Tsylana Revlis

And that's why a bush keeps winning?

noclue

Wow Scott! That sucked.

Dalebert

I may still write my book/story after all. The more I think about it, it's just the premise that's the same. Lots of interesting stories can happen within such a universe and maybe mine would be different enough to be interesting. *shrug*

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