Have you ever wondered why your sense of self feels ageless? That present self, the one that writes, that looks, that hears. That relfective self, the one that remembers and relfects. The future self, the one that thinks of the future and all that will come…
You feel ageless but your body does not. It ages noticably along a predictable path. Your face changes to relect your age. You accumulate memories and experiences, knowledge and wisdom. Yet despite all this, there feels like a distinct seperation between the ageing biological entity and the consious ageless self.
Imagine that the world you are currently living in is a simulation. A simulation that has in built forces and physics such as concept of time. Imagine that it isnt real in the sense that there is another place with a more real you and that place is more real than this.
You are currently experiencing a virtual lifetime designed to educate and develop your conscious entity in another time and place. This virtual lifetime seems to take a lifetime in the simulation but in the “real world” might only be a few seconds or minutes.
Still its not perfect, and in the simulation you are left with the feeling that it isnt real and that there is a part of you that isnt ageing at the same rate. You are born into this simulation, will grow and eventually die. But to what end?
It is likely you will be re-entered into another simulated lifetime…
But who or what would need such iterative pyschological development? Artifical humans created directly in adult form would benefit from such simulated human lifetimes. Yet we might ponder why they would need to progress through to old age.
We might drop the idea of biological consciousness altogether and suggest that a non biological entity would benefit the most from iterative, individualsied, simulated human lifetimes. Imagine an artificiail intelligence seeking to understand human psychology, creating millions of simulated lifetimes that think and act like individual conscious entities.
We cannot answer the question of “what is real” until we step outside the “real”….