How real is real?


Real, what is real? Real is no more real than the idea of touch or the idea of sight and sound. Simulation, what is simulation? A simulation is the imagining of the real in so much that is seems real. Yet we are faced with the next logical question? How real is real?

Real is as absolute it can be because there is nothing more “real” to compare too. But what does it all mean? It means nothing and everything. We are what we like to call “conscious” in our waking time and “unconscious” during our sleep. In this conscious state we augment our real world with pre-conception. Every object and actor has activated pre-tones when observed. This pre-tone is gained and stored through experience and can be thought of as a package of thought and emotion.

Some of you may be considering the likeness to augmentation, virtual reality and cloud technology. In the early stages of augmented reality we will be served sight and sound pre-tone information activated by objects and actors. This information pre-tone has not been gained by individual experience or genetic inheritance, it has been made by a human or a computer. The human or computer is at the source.

Have you ever felt the clarity of dialogue coming from the subconscious when the conscious brain is distracted by a mundane task? There are levels of intelligence at play here that are much greater than the “real.” Have you ever felt like your consciosness had shifted focus so much that you forgot your body existed in that moment? Sometimes you lose yourself while writing, browsing social media, and watching TV for example. Perception of time and space changes because your conscious being is no longer experiencing reality from the perspective of the body. A body that is governed by physical laws.

What is at the source? Something that is beyond our comprehension in a human form. Jung and others talk of a “collective unconscious” or we could think of it as the original internet. Information that emerges from such a place is at first clean of pre-tones but as it reveals itself through the human characteristic it becomes individualised.

As we drift off into sleep we have different kids of experiences that we remember when awake. These experiences can be fantastical, seemingly real yet devoid of time and space. It seems like a place where our individuality meets the source. If we were to have purpose, is it possible that it is in sleep that we serve this purpose by returning information back to the source.

There are many possible answers but consider this…imagine the world many years from now, a world where artificial intelligence has thrived and yet carried a significant disability, the inability to master emotions. How would one solve such a problem? Imagine running billions of algorithims through a “being human” simulation. Every algorithim experiences the idea of consciousness but never fully understands it. Every algorithim experiences the illussion of “human life” but can never fully understand their own existence. They are and then they are gone.

By Hayden Breese