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by AlexW
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

So behind the mask you do identify as consciousness. Which is weird, because you said you don't. I am not sure how you reach this conclusion from what I have said... Anyway, I don’t think this is going anywhere... I cant say it any clearer... I am sorry if I am doing a bad job at explaining what is...
by AlexW
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

Yes, but concepts are not descriptions How do you describe something without using concepts? You cant. All descriptions are made of concepts - like all gold jewellery is made of gold. Just because the gold is made into different forms it doesn't mean that its not still gold. So you do have a non-de...
by AlexW
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

Great! Can you give me an example of a non-conceptual description? All descriptions are conceptual - so no. Precisely. Exactly the same thing humans do! Yes, exactly what humans do. I didn't ask you what it isn't. I asked you what it is. And I told you: It is not a thing. It neither exists nor does...
by AlexW
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness = Self-awareness?
Replies: 30
Views: 2719

Re: Consciousness = Self-awareness?

I actually find non-dualism a little too conceptual Every -ism is conceptual - there is no other way to describe anything without using concepts. I also understand your appeal to simply being, and this is definitely something I need to work on, or rather, I need to drop the worker. Well... you have...
by AlexW
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness = Self-awareness?
Replies: 30
Views: 2719

Re: Consciousness = Self-awareness?

This doesn’t seem like a total realisation of this nondual perspective, but maybe a small beginning. Maybe an “early return”, before I’m cooked? What exactly do you think has to be cooked? The mind? Thought? Your perspective? And what exactly should be the outcome/benefit? Its not about achieving a...
by AlexW
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

Which is why I am using a model that's much closer to consciousness. Computers are recursive. Oceans aren't. Consciousness is not recursive - only our conceptual descriptions are (conceptual thought generally is). Thus: Computers are similar to conceptual thought (no wonder, they are children of hu...
by AlexW
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

Well you are still drawing the boxes you insisted you aren't drawing. Well... you can only bend an analogy so far until it breaks... Its like describing consciousness as the ocean and conceptual thought as the waves - you can gain some understanding from it, but once you over-analyse the ocean, wat...
by AlexW
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

You are drawing too strict a conceptual line between hardware and software. In practice - that line doesn't even exist. Exactly right - I fully agree. The line is only imaginary - it is "seen" only from within the program - it is an interpretation / result of some misguided process of conceptualisa...
by AlexW
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

You are kind of missing the point. If a piece of software cannot determine whether it's running on "real" hardware or "virtual" hardware from the software's point of view there is no empirical difference That is true for the piece of software - but the real "you" is not a piece of software, its the...
by AlexW
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

When you work with virtualization there is no such distinction. The hardware is software. You may have heard of The Cloud. It's basically how it works. Computers-in-computers. I know what a virtual machine is, it emulates hardware, but its still a piece of code, as such an algorithm. I am talking a...
by AlexW
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

You seem to be drawing a distinction between your experience of thoughts and your experience of reality. It's all "experience". I am drawing a distinction between the conceptual interpretation and the direct experience of reality. I agree, thought is being experienced, but, and this is the importan...
by AlexW
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

I can't tell whether our reality is created or not, but I can tell that recursion is a phenomenon of human experience. I like most of what you said before, but: recursion is not a “ phenomenon of human experience”, it is a phenomenon/result of conceptual thought and as such of language. It belongs ...
by AlexW
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness = Self-awareness?
Replies: 30
Views: 2719

Re: Consciousness = Self-awareness?

Thanks for your clarifications, the illusory agential self always finds a way to insert itself without notice. Helps to have someone to point to this. Guess its simply how we communicate... language is deceptive and no matter what is being said can (and will) be interpreted in a thousand ways. We t...
by AlexW
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness = Self-awareness?
Replies: 30
Views: 2719

Re: Consciousness = Self-awareness?

Once this is seen that the other is not other, and all is self, or rather that they are not two, or nondual, then theoretically this spaciousness could occupy everything and everywhere, allowing a vastness of awareness rather than the point-like existence of the detached dualistic observer. To unde...
by AlexW
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists
Replies: 102
Views: 970

Re: Simulation Theory and The Theory that Nothing Exists

There are those who appear to be arguing for the existence of nothing. When we speak of existence we always refer to the existence of an object, of a thing. It follows: If nothing is a thing then it can exist If nothing is not a thing then stating that it exists as well that it does not exist are p...