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  • Re: Are we living in a computer simulation?

    Just adding to this ...

    If this theory is true, then

    • we don't have a self per se (as new programs are being added and so there is no core identity)

    • rebirth is the new and improved version of the software

    • order or dharma in this world is the result of careful, meticulous programming

    • chaos (like disease, earthquakes) is introduced now and then like a virus or malware to the system. Results in bulk delete. Explains dukkha.

    • Evolution - biological and other types - can be seen as successive software updates based on trial and error. Explains anitta.

    All this fits in well with Buddhism. =)

    lobster
  • Re: Are we living in a computer simulation?

    @person said:
    Kurzgesagt just posted a video on the topic.

    My main disagreement is with condition 1. Even if the behaviors of consciousness could be perfectly simulated, without a physical brain would it would there be any individual that would actually have a first person experience of that data processing like we do. Does a weather simulation ever actually get wet?

    1) Is there consciousness?
    2) Is there a first-person experience at all?

    lobster
  • Re: Blessing - now available

    @SpinyNorman said:
    I used to have a "thing" with Tara, I must look her up again. :p

    Me too. But I think we have two very different Taras in mind. =)

    Kannon
  • Re: Is everyone here an atheist?

    @David said:

    @techie said:

    @David said:

    @techie said:
    If Buddhism teaches universal consciousness (it doesn't), then it wouldn't be Buddhism anymore. It'd be Hinduism. =)

    I think you are trying to change the goal posts. You claimed that Buddhism denies universal consciousness or mind (it doesn't) so you were asked to provide a source that denies it outright while making the distinction between it and a first cause or creator deity (which Buddha did deny).

    I don't have a dog in the race but I'd need something a bit more than your opinion to take your view seriously unless you can admit that it is indeed just your opinion.

    If you're of the view that the Buddha taught Brahman/universal consciousness, then the onus is on you to provide evidence to that effect. I don't have to prove a negative. Logic 101.

    That's not how it goes. Maybe you should re-read the thread as you seem confused as to your original claim.

    You say that Buddha outright denied the possibility of a universal consciousness. Asking you to prove that is not asking you to prove a negative and I never claimed Buddha taught there is universal consciousness.

    Thanks for accepting that. Case closed.

    David
  • Re: Is everyone here an atheist?

    @David said:

    @techie said:
    If Buddhism teaches universal consciousness (it doesn't), then it wouldn't be Buddhism anymore. It'd be Hinduism. =)

    I think you are trying to change the goal posts. You claimed that Buddhism denies universal consciousness or mind (it doesn't) so you were asked to provide a source that denies it outright while making the distinction between it and a first cause or creator deity (which Buddha did deny).

    I don't have a dog in the race but I'd need something a bit more than your opinion to take your view seriously unless you can admit that it is indeed just your opinion.

    If you're of the view that the Buddha taught Brahman/universal consciousness, then the onus is on you to provide evidence to that effect. I don't have to prove a negative. Logic 101.

    David