I find the simulation hypothesis very interesting, at least as a thought provoking concept. In all honesty, I can’t rule it out — and at the same time it really doesn’t matter to me. If that’s our existence it is what it is. What can we do about it? Ants can’t do so much about their existence, they just have to accept their universe and make the best of it. If it’s a simulation it’s still our reality and therefore it’s real.
A while ago I finished and published a text, The Storytelling Simulation. It took me a while to finish it, and the last part I wrote on my way home on the commuter train. I don’t like to have unfinished texts laying around, as they’re like children (or maybe more correct, pets) to me and I want to take care of them. Around the same time I finally got around to post it I got a text message; a package had arrived to our local post office and it turned out to be the BFI blu-ray edition of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s World on a Wire, the amazing German miniseries (in two parts) that originally was aired 1973.
Based on the 1964 novel Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye, it tells the story about Simulacron, a supercomputer where the scientists and programmers have created 9000 so-called identity units, digital people who are not aware of their existence being artificial; a simulation. They live their lives, eat, work, breed — all while being studied by the staff. A truly groundbreaking production from a time when AI and virtual reality. Perfect after publishing my text and we watched the first episode and decided to save the second part to the next evening, but our discussion continued there in the sofa and Grzegorz asked me how I thought it would be possible to discover if we’re living in a simulation. I mentioned that I once did some Randonauting, where you through quantum physics get sent to a specific random location, a spot where you never would be normally at that very moment. On the spot it’s possible to experience and see stuff, “proof” that I’ve been able to hack the reality and look beyond what we see around us now. Maybe something that points to us living in a simulation, and much has to do what we want to see — or choose to see, depending how you see it.
While talking about this I notice I’ve got an email, and it’s someone who have commented on a video I’ve uploaded on YouTube, about just Randonauting; Hacking the Reality: My first Randonaut Experience! I mean, wow. Only this chain of events is quite cool. Then I read the comment, which was totally not about what I was talking about in my video, but oddly enough connected directly to what I’ve experienced the whole day:
“Hey, I love your website on NPCs. I’m looking to discuss this stuff with someone but not many people are into it. Would you be able to discuss it with me? I have a question; can NPCs breed and can NPCs breed with non-NPCs?”
NPC is short of “Non-Playable Character”, the form of character in a game that’s controlled by the game’s AI, a character that you can play but follow and do exactly as it’s scripted to do. A virtual being of some sorts, if you want to look it that way, existing only in a digital world, a simulation. A “Non-NPC” is of course a character which is controlled by the player. I have no idea what website she means and she haven’t answered when I asked. Eve Davies, the commented, have a completely empty profile — no likes, no favorites, no videos. It was created July 13th, 2017. So no clue there.*
I couldn’t sleep after this, because I tried to wrap my head around what this meant — if it meant something at all? The universe/magick/matrix — whatever you want to call it — have a tendency to send out bizarre, sometimes very odd clues, and these sure worked for me. Is this a hint that we’re living in a simulation? Are we the non-playable characters or are we playable characters? Are we just programmed to do what we do without free will, or do we have control over our lives?
It sounds crazy, I know, but it’s this kind of experiences that kind of turn me on. It triggers my imagination and it keeps me thinking and analyzing the reality I live in. Another aspect of this is an odd experience I had two days before this, the saturday where I took mushrooms. We did it together with a friend that never tried it before, and I went into a guide mode more out there in the nature, pushing away most of the psilocybin experience until I got the feeling it was going away, and I entered the famous afterglow phase. I went home, felt tired and occupied the sofa… and suddenly I felt the psilocybin entering my mind again… drilling it’s way into my consciousness, first through fleshy, bony visions and then it all became darker and darker. The few times I opened my eyes and closed them again I could feel the shift in my head of this magical compound starting to working. It was like it was looking for something, searching — and it was separate from myself. I could think and reason perfectly, studying the search process. It never found what it was looking for, but during the night after my synchronicity it struck me: maybe it was looking for a way out, a glitch in the system; a door out from this hypothetical simulation.
* Eve eventually got back to me and sent me the link to the page she was referring to; http://wearenotreal.com — a site about us living in a possible simulation and where my video was linked.
About the author: Fred Andersson is Swedish writer, conspiracy hypothesist, mystery aficionado, occultist, randonaut and television freelancer. His books Homo Satanis: How I Learned to Love Satan and other Insights from my Childhood and Homo Satanis 2: The Devil Made Me Do It is now available on Amazon. His article on Conspiracy Magic have also upset some people. He lives outside Stockholm with his photographer husband Grzegorz and two cats.