The Brain as Reality Simulator
By now most people know that the brain serves as data1 processor, that is to say, as a blind2 auto-pilot or Bio-Nav. It collects and collates data (about 16 million bits per second) supplied via the sensors3 and from memory and transforms that data into an iconic4 simulation5 of the world which then serves as Guide & Control frame for physical, emotional and mental action.6
In short, the world we experience as consciousness7 is the simulation of data compressions filtered and screened for our benefit with user friendly icons, such as pictures, colours, sounds, feelings and so on. Whether or not the simulation (hence our consciousness) is true or false (i.e. fake) is determined by reality testing, i.e. by testing against subsequent externally acquired or previously acquired and internally replayed data.8
As far as the brain is concerned, and it ain’t concerned9 because all it does, like a calculator, is compute data, all data accessed by the brain is true10 until proven false by subsequent or alternate data.
The brain of itself cannot distinguish between true or false because the origin and possible meaning lie beyond the scope of its data accessors. It merely computes a best possible (hence (relatively) true) simulation (i.e. dream11) of the world (and how to survive in it12) from the data made available to it and its processing limitations.13
The man who has no dream
In short, all data processed by the brain into its current simulation of the world, to wit, consciousness14 is true until proven false by subsequent reality testing.15
The biological and cultural advantages of data processing systems that process all data as true, hence produce only true (self-referenced) simulations of the world, are obvious.16 All worlds (i.e. states of consciousness, and which include beliefs) are fundamentally true17 (hence certain, hence reliable and so comforting, as are placebos) until proven false (meaning uncertain hence painful, at least initially) by reality testing.18
The upshot is that the brain, a bio-system’s navigation system, simulates, in essence dreams a bio-system’s world and which that bio-system falsely experiences as actual = true.
The (Wo)-Man whose dream bubble burst
A bio-system’s navigation system, i.e. its blind auto-pilot,19 instructs20 its blind hardware carrier, i.e. the physical part of the overall instruction transmutation system, to contact adjacent carriers and by so doing make itself real, i.e. realize itself, in the everyday world.21 In other words, a bio-system makes its simulation-cum-dream (of survival) come true (via the exhilarating experience of novel emerging effects22) by means of hardware contact. So it is that all living systems stay alive and real by living their dream, if they’ve got one. And what a bio-system is, that is to say, how it experiences itself, reflects its (Big) dream or its (little) dreams or the lack, confusion or vagueness thereof.
© 2018 by Victor Langheld
1. For datum read: a quantum or packet (hence digit) of instruction, strike or contact. The (personal) response to a series of strikes/contacts, namely a series of personally invented iconic images, for instance a verbalised thought, is an interpretation, hence as metaphor. Strikes/contacts are digital and quantised, i.e. momentary. Cosmologists are now beginning to realize that time and space too are digitised.
2. Blind because detached from (i.e. independent of) the source (code) or cause of the instruction or strike, hence fundamentally reactive or passive. In short, blind because the incoming strike/contact is unpredictable because essentially random. Detached also from the effects of its data output, hence the meaning (or actual message) of its output. Note: ‘The meaning of a message (i.e. instruction) is the response it elicits.’
3. The sensors operate like high resolution, high-speed digital cameras.
4. Iconic (or ‘as metaphor’) means a user friendly form (i.e. figure/outline/limitation, such as an image or sound or taste) that reduces response time. There are no sounds, sights, smells or tastes outside the brain, only strike packets. The actual world we experience is a virtual reality of our own invention.
5. A simulation is an ‘as if’ representation, to wit, a virtual reality, that is to say, a metaphor. The notions of the soul, of God, of angels, of heaven and so on function ‘as if’ user friendly representations serving to create certitude and thereby provide comfort and consolation that enhance often dangerous, painful and uncertain creative engagement with the everyday world.
6. In other words, the brain functions as (software) dream machine. The (software) dreams serve as Guide & Control parameters for (hardware via contact) action. Hence it was formerly told, falsely: ‘I think therefore I am’. Now it is said: ‘As I dream so I become!’ And ‘if I don’t dream (the one Big dream) I don’t become’ hence decay and die.
7. Consciousness (con’sciousness (Latin) = the coming or playing together of iconised instruction series or flows (i.e. as bits of Latin: scientia = knowledge) in the brain) happens as user friendly, hence via metaphors, personal real-time screening process of the current biological system’s multiple subsystems statuses vis-à-vis the world. The screening process, quantised (i.e. reified) as stable/constant screen supported by the (essentially false) self-referencing sensations of ‘I’ (me, mine), serves (like a dashboard) as basis (or initial state) for instant self-regulation and adaptation, hence as auto-pilot or Guide & Control function. Its base drive is survival. Why bio systems are driven to survive is a mystery! ‘Consciousness arises from contact!’ so the Buddha ca. 500BC.
8. In short, the momentary given state represented by the brain’s simulation of its just past data acquisitions is reality tested against the very next data inputs (or previous inputs) and in relation to the current (or expected) survival capacity needs. The initial input is registered as true, to be verified or falsified by the next input. If the next input is a repeat, the initial input suffers diminishing (energy and hence survival) returns and is eventually classified or eliminated as false. So it is that ‘the latest’ is always ‘better’ if not ‘best’, except where religious beliefs are concerned and where the opposite holds true.
9. The brain, being detached from the data’s source/cause or its output’s end effect, does not, cannot judge (i.e. relativize) data. It merely computes and stores it. That’s why the brain is blind and so is its pilot, i.e. its navigation (to survival) function.
10. It is true (i.e. de-relativised, i.e. happening in a reality vacuum) because contact, i.e. strike happens 1:1, hence at the rate/speed of c. ‘On’ is true. ’Off’ simply isn’t! An ‘On’ variation or differential makes the previous ‘On’ true or false.
11. Just like an airplane simulator. The only world a human knows is a simulation of selected virtual facts/data/pictures, all icons (i.e. user friendly formal representations) produced, meaning invented by the brain.
12. In short, the brain’s simulations both of the current system’s state (i.e. its current world) and of the goal (or outcome as problem resolution) and route to be taken to increased (or avoided decrease of) survival capacity are of the nature of dreams. Obviously, if the brain does not create a virtual reality of a goal, i.e. the Big Dream, then the bio-system begins to fall apart.
13. If reality testing is inhibited by cutting off (as in Yoga via the reduction of turbulence, see Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra No 2)), bending (or distorting or selecting, as in Japa Yoga) or echoing subsequent data (i.e. constant repetition as happens in religious and scientific communities driven to self-survival) then the brain will continue presenting false data as true. See also: Flooding
14. Consciousness, the current system’s real-time system’s status display, is always an ‘as if’, simulation, thus dream, a (second hand) manageable, hence user friendly metaphor for the effects of user unfriendly, because unmanageable data streams. What (whole) reality beyond the sensors (always selective and limited) actually looks like, what it consists of, is unknown.
15. That means that all biological systems arrive at a true outcome (i.e. for them their world is true = perfect = “100%” = “1”) if no further data are presented for reality testing or the original data is repeated. Because of this, each biological system can invent (not find) and live in its own perfect = true world and so decide and live out its true self, provided it remains cut of, or cuts itself off from alternate data that would test and, possibly, falsify its current truth.
16. A biological system can only make comforting/reassuring (survival) decisions based on data it (its current initial state) hold to be true, hence certain because complete. Since the next datum, and which proves the current one true of false, is uncertain it can only be prepared for by taking a true stance and thereby giving itself a fair chance to survive the next datum.
17. That is to say, useful fictions.
18. It’s because each one of the 7500 million humans alive today, and all having pretty much the same cerebral (i.e. data processing) hardware and software, exists in an individually simulated, hence personally dreamt up, momentarily true world, that each one can survive in relative certainty and so comfort. Each humans adapts physically, emotionally and mentally to its internally generated simulation, i.e. to its dream of the world, thus finding personal homeostasis, and happiness too if survival is assured.
19. Elsewhere experienced as the Third Eye.
20. Mostly with chemicals, hormones and the like.
21. The ‘true self’ happens if and when the invented (i.e. simulated) self-upgrade (as goal) is made real = @100% by contact. True (elsewhere called ‘absolute’) happens only when a relativity vacuum is created (via timeless. spaceless, formless quantum to quantum contact).
22. Elsewhere simply called ‘difference’, as in ‘difference makes a difference’ and which brings to life. In Buddhism and elsewhere ‘difference’ called ‘The Other Shore.’
See also: The Pantheist and his dream machine