Experiment: Reality As Simulation
Also, there was a painting in front of me (though above me, so it was not directly in my field of view) that I noticed - first through the impression of the vivid green color - and then that it was a painting. I'd missed it entirely before. I also noticed the flies that would perch on the windowsill, somewhat below me. These are a couple of instances of things that I noticed - even though they were somewhat outside the field of view - in each case, I was drawn to them through either an impression of color or motion. And then I realized what it was.
The other thing that was interesting was the people who were walking down the street - they looked so encased - inside their own world. And you can see that they're really concentrating, really thinking about some problem.
After I left the cafe, I went to do some grocery shopping. While walking there, I again noticed the diversity of the plant life. Some of the trees had long, collimated, shiny leaves. Some had short curled up leaves. There was one tree in particular which had very dense green foliage - with two shades of deep green - so dense that you could almost see the texture of the color. And some of the really large trees have branches that curl azimuthally.
I stopped to get a snack (at Vik's actually). It was almost closing time for them, so there were very few customers. I was sitting just across from a family. I happened to glance at one of the people at the table - and it was obvious to me that this person was very proud. I didn't think this like a judgment, i.e., that it was either good or bad to be proud - but just an observation.
When I tried to think that I was also a simulation, like the simulation I was looking at - the main thing I noticed was that the little cluster of leaves on the tree directly in front of me on the sidewalk did not seem very fragile anymore.
Those are most of my impressions that I can remember. It was
that the first time I did this - it was very vivid, and I was quite
surprised by it. The second time, however, I was sort of prepared for
and it was not so striking or perhaps so surprising, but I think I
more details eventually. It was very illuminating and surprising. I'll
try it again soon.
-- SC - 27 May 2005
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