The Dreams Of Electric Sheep
Science is doing more today to convince me that our world is truly magical than any ideas of magic or science fiction I have ever read. The deeper we delve into the so-called reality that we can perceive with our sense, the more bewildering, multi-layered and flat-out contradictory it gets.
Nothing demonstrates this fact more immediately and more assertively then the nature of something all encompassing, utterly every day and totally taken for granted: light.
Turns out, light is a chimera, a chameleon, it is nothing like how think it is, nor does it do what we think it does. And the implications are truly staggering.
Read this article by Bayo Akomolafe and think about what it means for a moment.
The study of consciousness and how our self-consciousness interacts with our awareness of the world is revealing another bewildering idea: that everything we think and decide about what we witness happens AFTER our body has already acted. That our thoughts are literally after the fact of action. A post-event rationalisation.
What does this even mean? It’s really hard to decide, because it would seem that at the very least it implies a level of creative interpretation lies beneath everything we think. A level of actually deciding what to think or how to think about things. A disconnection from actual physical stimuli in consciousness that is prodigious…. Bigger and deeper than possibly ever considered before.
This might mean that our consciousness is not really WHO we are. It’s actually a sports commentator type figure, adding a rolling narrative to the actions of our actual selves of which we are apparently not conscious at all… but we are conscious of the commentator and we identify with being that voice when it is just a soundtrack, not an agent of action.
This is when ideas embedded in systems like The Secret start to get incredibly murky. If what we think is always after the fact, how can we create our realities? Do our after the fact reactions to reality empower our future actions enough to actually change how our real selves or our bodies react to things? And how would we even know?
Sometimes it might be better to just accept our experience of the world at face value and act accordingly. Pretend that we don’t know all of these things, deny them, attack them even. But for creative people, I think this is impossible. This is getting right down to how and why humans are creative in the first place.
If we are all spinning interpretations on what our senses report after we have experienced the world, where does story start and end? If our consciousness is that disconnected from our physical reactions, does how we think about things impact or affect anything at all? Or are we effectively really just brains in a vat in a science lab? Maybe this is the ultimate proof that we live in a simulation…. We are just software that is watching a screen and commentating on it. We’re not real at all… we never were and we never will be.
We are the dreams of the electric sheep.