December 12, 2014

Are We Blind?

I've been reading snippets of Simulacra and Simulation again. It's a book I was introduced to in college. If you want to take a real head trip, check it out, because it can make you rethink all sorts of things.

This isn't the first time I've thought about this, but the book makes me wonder if the reason why so many of us seem to be blind to different strange events is because we are living in a simulation of reality. Not that we're in The Matrix, but rather that we have constructed a psychological simulation that insulates us from some disturbing thoughts. We know that people who have been through horrendous ordeals do this.

When we are children and swear there is something scary in our room, we are told by adults we trust that it's nothing but our imagination. Is that where it begins? Does it start with our learning from science text books that there is no such thing as a ghost, UFO, or Bigfoot? Is that when the scales are placed over our eyes?

I've read accounts from highly educated people who swear they have experienced inexplicable phenomena. I've interviewed people who seem genuinely traumatized by things they've witnessed. I've seen things that I cannot explain. Yet, there is no shortage of people who vigorously want to debunk all of these claims.


I can feel that this is growing into something, a book most likely. I've touched on it somewhat in things I've written throughout the years, but to go into a deep-dive exploration could yield some interesting results.


Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

A link or author would help. There are three authors with the title Simulacra, and 'Simulation' brings up lots of computer books.

mshatch said...

I think people are afraid. Because if ghosts and monsters exist then what other lies have we been told? It's a scary thought and sometimes it's easier not to see.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fear of what we don't know or can't control.

Steven said...

Mac, a link has been added!

Marcy, people are definitely afraid, even though they try to act like the whole thing's ridiculous. It's such a common defense mechanism.

Alex, exactly.

Robin said...

I think people tend to discount things that scare them. If it's too frightening, the need to push it into an "unreal" place becomes imperative. I think this is true for unexplainable supernatural events and even "obvious" things like the state of the economy. If you read economists blogs, they are all saying variations of the same thing. The global economy is about to go into freefall, which will be devastating the world over. But no one wants to hear it. Instead, we celebrate those lowering gas prices, not understanding (or even be willing to entertain the idea) that this will lead to international deflation, less and less production of numerous goods, job loss, and very likely that deflation will lead us into the next Great Depression. Yeah, no one wants to know that.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My father was a very smart, science loving man, but he always said we were arrogant to look that we knew everything about the universe- be it alien or supernatural. Just like a microscopic cell, no one believed it until it was identified. That doesn't mean it didn't exist before discovery.

VR Barkowski said...

We create our own realities both small and large scale. We believe what we have to believe to ensure our survival, with fear as our most powerful survival instinct. Each of us has a limited ability to process. We meet people and we categorize because that's all our brains are capable of. This is where prejudice comes in, and we are all prejudiced to some extent. We meet someone, male/female, young/old, fat/thin, and we come at that individual with preconceived notions no matter how aware we are, no matter how much we wish it weren't so.

Similarly, it is far easier and less fear-inducing to categorize phenomena without "empirical" proof as nonsense than it is to admit there are things that can't be explained.

VR Barkowski

J.H. Moncrieff said...

There's such a stigma against people who experience anything supernatural. Whenever anyone dares to say publicly that they've seen or witnessed something beyond the norm, they're called crazy, publicity hungry, out for money, or worse.

When I was a kid, I had a fair amount of precognitive ability. It didn't take long for the other kids to find out, and they teased me mercilessly. Stuff like that leads people to suppress these abilities. I know I certainly did. And I share my own weird experiences only with those I know and trust.