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 sensors (operating like high resolution, high-speed cameras) and from memory and transforms that data into an iconic3 simulation4 of the world which then serves as frame for physical, emotional and mental action.
In short, the world we experience as consciousness5 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.6
As far as the brain is concerned, and it ain’t concerned7 because all it does, like a calculator, is compute data, all data accessed by the brain is true8 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 of the world (and how to survive in it) from the data made available to it and its processing limitations.9,10
In short, all data processed by the brain into its current simulation of the world, to wit, consciousness11 is true until proven false by subsequent reality testing.12
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.13 All worlds (i.e. states of consciousness, and which include beliefs) are fundamentally true14 (hence certain, hence reliable and so comforting, as are placebos) until proven false (meaning uncertain hence painful, at least initially) by reality testing.15
© 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 is interpreted as information, hence as metaphor. Strikes 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. 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. Iconic (or ‘as metaphor’) means a user friendly form (i.e. figure/outline/limitation, such as an image or sound or taste) that speeds up response time. There are no sounds, sights, smells or tastes outside the brain, only strike packets.
4. 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 representation serving to create certitude and thereby provide comfort and consolation that enhances creative engagement with the everyday world.
5. Consciousness (con’sciousness (Latin) = the coming or playing together of iconised instruction series or flows) happens as user friendly, hence via metaphors personal real-time screening process of the current biological system’s status vis-à-vis the world. The screening process 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 (i.e. bions) are driven to survive is a mystery!
6. 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.
7. The brain, being detached from the data’s source or its output’s end effect, does not, cannot judge (i.e. relativize) data. It merely computes and stores it.
8. It is true (i.e. de-relativised) because contact, i.e. strike happens 1:1, hence at the rate/speed of c. ‘On’ is true. ’Off’ simply isn’t! On ‘On’ variation or differential makes the previous true or false.
9. Just like an airplane simulator. The only world a human knows is a simulation of selected facts/data/pictures or icons produced by the brain.
10. 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
11. Consciousness, the current system’s real-time status display, is always a simulation, a (second hand) manageable, hence user friendly metaphor for the effects of user unfriendly, because unmanageable data streams. What the (whole) reality beyond the sensors (always selective and limited) actually looks like is unknown.
12. That means that all biological systems arrive at a true outcome (i.e. for them their world is true = perfect) if no further data are presented for reality testing or the original data is repeated. Because of this each biological systems can find and live in its own perfect = true world, i.e. find, decide and live out its true self, provided it remains cut of, or cuts itself off from alternate data that would test and, possibly, negate its current truth.
13. 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.
14. That is to say, useful fictions.
15. 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, 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 of the world, thus finding equilibrium, and happiness too if survival is assured.