The reality barrier
4 Jan 07
No, reality isn't a constant. Otherwise it wouldn't shift with changes in brain chemistry. When I was little, my parents used to take me for walks in the woods and one place they called the 'Three Bears Wood'. It had a green hut in it and they said that was where the three bears lived. The door had a padlock on it and every time we went, we would try to peer through the gap to see the Three Bears. Then on one particular visit, i was peering in and I saw inside. There was a pine room with a table on which were three bowls of porridge, it led off into a kitchen and there were stairs going up. From the outside this was impossible as it was too low to have an upstairs. I have no doubt in my mind that I did actually see the inside of the three bears house, but I don't think that was what was really there. I think that the power of belief is immense. If a four year old can reshape reality in that way then so can anyone, its just a question of finding ways to rid the mind of its constraints.
• United States
12 Jan 07
I define reality as a consistent hallucination created by the brain in response to a stream of sensory data provided by of 5 senses sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. Eventually computers will be able to interface directly into these sensory input streams and simulate what ever type sensory data stream that we choose. We will then be able to dictate the reality that we experience at will. Of course if we stayed in that state for too long our physical bodies would eventually atrophy and die. But there is no reason why our body could not be controlled independently to work out and take care of our bodily functions independent of what our concious minds are experiencing.