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the rabbit hole

The problem

despite all our technological advances, there are issues that seem to be getting worse and not better - mainly mental illness, inequality, stress, destruction of the environment, chronic unhappiness, etc.

The reason for the problem

Science is able to explain the world around us, but we have taken assumptions used to describe the world around us and tried to apply them to consciousness and reality, which doesn't work.

Examples of things science cannot yet describe:

  • what happened before the big bang?
  • how is consciousness created by the brain?
  • why does positive repel negative
  • what is gravity
  • how were the parameters for quantum forces etc established in a way that allows for life?
  • quantum mechanics and quantum entanglement
  • dark matter - which makes up a huge proportion of the observed universe

We need a new paradigm of reality, a paradigm that makes reality FUN again.

people who have fun are more successful, happier, and innovative

they take calculated risks, they take care of themselves, they change the world.

What makes a video game fun?

there is risk and challenge, but there is a purpose to it - an end goal

you don't losing so seriously when it's a game as opposed to real life; and thus, are more likely to try new things and enjoy the process

failure is just a chance to try again

Humans who treat life as a video game are happier and more successful.

This implies that life does function as a sort of game or simulation

As we will see, there is a lot of evidence to suggest this

The opposite of the materialist worldview is viewing consciousness as primary

the null hypothesis - conscious might continue after death

the Null hypothesis we currently have is that consciousness ends after death. We believe that consciousness is being produced by the brain, and therefore, after death of the physical body, consciousness should end.

We all know that memory may be obliterated by an injury to the brain... In view of such familiar facts, it seems scarcely probable that the mind survives the total destruction of brain structure... [that] occurs at death. It is not rational arguments, but emotions, that cause belief in a future life.

  • Bertrand Russell, Why I am not a Christian (Routledge Classics, Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition), (p. 44).

This remains an unconfirmed hypothesis, and should not be accepted at face value.

The idea that it ends after death is an assumption, and a dangerous one at that. We are not talking about heaven or hell here, just the idea that consciousness continues.

Type I error - falsely believing consciousness ends when it does persist is very dangerous, far more dangerous than falsely believing consciousness persists when it does not (Type II error)