The Mature Runner Control Center
Yes, last month I did obsess over this whole business of being someone else’s simulation. I kept reading other articles, and probably went out on several limbs….but none of them broke under my weight, so I’m still there and still writing away, whether or not I’m in someone else’s (obviously boring) video game. Here’s the fruit of one more month of my “research”. By the way – I assume everyone reading this is doing the same (doing their own research), I’m self-centered enough to believe if I’m fascinated by a subject, well….anyone reading this must also be. The Winddrinker is not set-up as a “blog” – so I don’t get any feedback. Perhaps it would be more realistic if I did!! So, I’ve started putting all my articles (all of 2015 so far) onto Stacy and my website called “passagesandpathways.com”. Click on “David’s Blog”, which will take you to all the articles, and anyone can open up discussions….that is if anyone wants to comment…(ah, the test to see if anyone really reads these….)
So, (progressing onto http://limelightdaily.com/10-reasons-life-may-be-a-computer-simulation) this past month I started with the fact that “Moore’s Law” states that the computer’s processing power will double every 2 years….which means that in 50 years, the computer will be a million times more powerful than it is today. And it is already powerful enough to do some amazing things (see the various simulated video games available – I haven’t tried them, just watched my grandson play them). Another theory out there is the concept of the “post-human” – evolved beings who create simulations including self-aware beings, making the simulations so real, no one can possibly know they are in one. Of course it is easy to take the next step and consider that with the human race facing extinction, these “post-humans” would want to run a real world simulation to find out what went wrong and try to fix it (assuming by then that time is no longer a limiting factor). That did it for me. My head wanted to explode. Once I quieted down, I felt this surge of energy inside, and realized the need to quickly control this whole subject before I threw up my arms in exasperation and yell out “OK, you simulators you! So I’m a ‘simulant’, so what? I’ll play your game so long as you leave me alone and give me the things I want…..like perfect snow conditions to ski to Mystic Lake and back, for starters!”
It should be noted that these are the ruminations of a “mature runner” – meaning a runner who really can’t run like he used to, but still has to go out and experience the same highs and freedoms in some other way. And if he can’t, he won’t take “no” for an answer, and just redouble his efforts to create a situation that will duplicate it as closely as possible. No one is going to tell me what I can and can’t do! And this thinking led me to John Lilly of all people. Again, look him up. (As usual, I started with Wikipedia.) He was a supreme searcher. His parents were wealthy enough, so he wanted to learn everything possible about everything, going to the best schools. He followed his intuition from profession to profession. He ended up in medical research, focusing on the brain, altered states, and talking to dolphins. His whole life seemed to lead to one final conclusion, which is very disturbing, but fascinating – even if only to hint at an aspect of reality. Bear with me here. Again, I’m interested in controlling my environment before something more sinister controls me, okay? (It should be noted that he did use ‘psychoactive drugs’ to come up with the following): he predicted a dramatic conflict between the 2 forms of intelligence (the man-made computer generated “solid state intelligence” and our own little now-looking-fairly-puny brain. He believed in the existence of “hierarchical , cosmic entities” who (which?) control the big picture. (this would correspond to the giant simulators sitting in front of their giant warehouse of a computer governing the progress of their creations) He called them the “Cosmic Coincidence Control Center”. This in turn oversees a Galactic Coincidence Control Center, which in turn (you guessed it) oversees the Solar System Control Unit (from a center down to a unit!), which of course oversees the Earth C.C. Office. Where do we humans fit in? Well, for those of us willing to play along (as if we’re given an option), we become controlled coincidence workers, and we’re expected to use our best intelligence in this glorious service to the overseers. He doesn’t mince words. The human is an obvious experiment, and is given a chance to perform well (using intelligence) in order to meet the challenges thrown at him by “upstairs” entities. It is rather intriguing. Here we are, humming along being human, and periodically we’re thrown cataclysmic events to put us to the test. Why? The human’s “mission on planet Earth is to discover/create that which we do to control the long-term coincidences patterns.” Who is the “we” you might ask? I guess it’s the ECCO (Earth Coincidence Control Office). When you complete your mission on Earth, you are no longer required to remain here. I wonder if said human would be offered a job in “management” - which in my view would smack of said graduated human being given a chance at getting even for what he had to go through.
I certainly hope to get over this fascination with what might be controlling the human experiment. I look outside, and see a glorious blue sky, and perfect snow conditions, and my body yelling at me to get away from the computer screen, put on your skis, and get going! - David Summerfield
David Nutter Summerfield
The following blogs were first published in The Windrinker, a running newsletter published in Bozeman, MT (www.Windrinkers.org). There is a constant attempt at viewing the foibles of long distance runners in a humorous light so we don't take ourselves too seriously.