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Phillip K. Dick on Universe Construction

Posted in writing by 51future on March 11, 2008

How to build a universe that doesn’t fall apart | Phillip K. Dick

An EEG of a person watching TV shows that after about half an hour the brain decides that nothing is happening, and it goes into a hypnoidal twilight state, emitting alpha waves. This is because there is such little eye motion. In addition, much of the information is graphic and therefore passes into the right hemisphere of the brain, rather than being processed by the left, where the conscious personality is located. Recent experiments indicate that much of what we see on the TV screen is received on a subliminal basis. We only imagine that we consciously see what is there. The bulk of the messages elude our attention; literally, after a few hours of TV watching, we do not know what we have seen. Our memories are spurious, like our memories of dreams; the blank are filled in retrospectively. And falsified. We have participated unknowingly in the creation of a spurious reality, and then we have obligingly fed it to ourselves. We have colluded in our own doom.

Rather interesting. When he went off the deep end about living in A.D. 50 I sort of lost interest, but there’s still a lot here to ingest and internalize. It’s worth reading, in any case.

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