Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Matrix Reconsidered

Let us consider the model of reality as portrayed in the Matrix movies. In this model, all sensory inputs are supplied to us by a computer modeling an imaginary world designed to keep us busy while we supply heat and energy to our AI controllers.

Now, let's make a couple of modifications to this model. First, in addition to sensory inputs, thoughts and emotions will be supplied by the computers in addition to (best case) or instead of (worst case) our own. Second, to improve scalability, some (or most) of the data processing is offloaded to the client machines, or in other words, our brains. Appropriate programs are downloaded to our brains and the physics affecting "nearby" objects is processed locally. Other programs could be run locally, but because the downloaded programs provide a strong "disincentive for doing so, there is little need on the part of the AI controllers to monitor local programs.

Replace the AI controllers with reptilian creatures from another dimension and we now have the model of reality as given by David Icke's book "Infinite Love is the Only Truth; Everything Else is Illusion." (ISBN 0-9538810-6-7) Some of you who have read Icke's other books are probably thinking, "Yes, but what about the lizards?" Forget about the lizards! They can best be considered as a metaphor for the AI controllers I mentioned above. They just happen to look like lizards to those of us who can see them. It doesn't matter in the least. The entire point of the book is that the lizards have no real power over us except to the extent that we run their downloaded programs on our brain computers.

That said, I have the same complaint about this book as I have about the rest of his books: too much space devoted to preaching to the choir about the Illuminati control network and not enough detail about what to do about it. If you've read his other books, you could probably just read chapter three ("Downloading Reality") and chapter ten ("Logging Off") and not miss anything important. On the other hand, you'll probably find the book well worth the money for just those two chapters.