From a Technological Point of View.


Please be open minded when reading what I have to say. I know my thoughts on life and death are contridicting to other ideas that I also have. 

I'm a programmer and so programming concepts have influenced my ideas on life and death. If you think of the world like an operating system, and that it's a platform for applications to run on. The application that is running is a life simulator. Living things are processes in this simulation, which can be be spawned/forked or killed at anytime. There is not specific meaning to life for the processes/living things. But for the whole simulation, the purpose is to prove something. We use simulators all the time to observe possible variations on a concept. A flight simulator will let you know what are the variables needed to keep you in flight for as long as you'd desire. The simulator of life is to find out the list of rules or variables needed to keep the simulator going for as long as possible. 

 The idea of why we are here has been programmed into our brains and serves to create a nice standard deviation curve. We've been programmed to ask the question why we are here, but no one knows why. This mystery/inifinite loop (we've been asking why we are here since the beginning of time) keeps the simulation alive. If we really knew why we are here, and it really turned out to be nothing more than just for see how long life could exist for... things will get hectic. Knowing that I don't need to be forgiven of my sins. Knowing that I won't be judged for my actions after I die will cause a world of chaos. It's hope to see loved ones that have passed away, going to heaven, or fear of the creator that keeps the simulation or life going.

The characteristics that make up a living thing is derived from the DNA. DNA is a like the source code for a program that is used to describe physical features. But how the living thing behaves come from it's brain which is like a log file that keeps track of lessons learned from life. Our behaviour comes from observation.

If life is this application/simulation than anything is possible. Not referring to sporadic events that we've yet seen, but the concept of time. How did it begin and what does it mean to exist before time. These parameters can easily be inputted into a simulator. There's always been the idea that there's a universal balance. If there was not a perfect universal balance, life would oscillate into infinite extremes really quickly given the length of eternity. 

I know I could totally see myself wanting to write run a simulator with different variables to see how the outcome will look like. The last example/analogy that I present you is a poker simulator. I'm going to make the rules for my player to follow (when to raise, when to fold ...). I'd then input him into the simulator with other poker players and see what my outcome is after a few hours of play at a million games per second. Pocket A's ... hmm All In. hhhhahahahah


zhangpe zhangpe
22-25, M
8 Responses Sep 28, 2008

Interesting take on this.

This suggests there are three levels to the meaning of life.

1) The objective of the simulation which we don't know and indeed is irrelevant to the lives of the beings in the simulation. This is the meaning of existence, or perhaps even God.

2) The base drives that are given to each being in the simulation, such as survival and procreation. This is the meaning of life.

3) The individual meaning that an objective gives to his/her own life. This is the meaning of living.

In the end, we should concentrate on 3, which is influenced by 2. And ultimately caused or created by 1.

In the end, trying to understand 1. is pointless. But understanding 2. will help you with 3.

Anyone moved on after accepting this concept or whatever equivalent. I was hopefull finding this site, but am somewhat disappointed. Can someone point me to the gem in this site.<br />
Words are just words. Even if the explaination is incomplete, to give up and answer the big questions with weak answers is as unhelpfull as pulling the greater being/god card.<br />

life is always what you make it.

IF I win the lottery, THEN I will do blah ELSE IF, I will keep trying.<br />
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PRINT "for the world to see my thoughts on this blog"<br />
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WHILE I'm not happy, I will spend money until I do. <br />
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DO work until it's time to go home. BREAK if there's an emergency somewhere. <br />
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I've been contacted by an INTERRUPT that there's an emergency.<br />
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if there's a DEADLOCK in the bathroom, then I will wait until that RESOURCE is available. <br />
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In the business world. FIRST TO MARKET; FIRST TO FAME.<br />
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FOR each sunday; a sunday that's not after my death but after my birth; I will go to church.<br />
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eat sleep work love play cry REPEAT indefinitely.

My son is studying to be a programmer.....he would love your take on life....must show him<br />
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thanks for sharing

“I'm a programmer and so programming concepts have influenced my ideas on life and death. “ <br />
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I agree with your own observation. However,you might consider a paradigm shift. If you spend to much time observing the world from only one perspective then you do indeed become “narrow minded”. Seriously. <br />
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Maybe go out to a movie. Have you seen “Matrix”?

I feel fine and not narrow-minded at all... even after this many years. I'm greatly satisfied with this post. Yes. The matrix is a great movie. Thanks for sharing.

I am not a programmer, but you're saying that lives we live are all base on if, else, do, while, then, and case x statements? <br />
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As for my part I don't care whether I am here or not, the question I ask is "Now that I am here, what will I do and what can I do?" <br />
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This is how I view things, my views is life is not completely about proving something or to see how long the simulation will work. I see it more about discovering something, human beings ignorantly live their lives without knowing why,perhaps pure ignorance? <br />
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What is available is simply time and space. With vast amount of time and space, the ignorance of living life gives birth to a discovery of that limitless potential. Through that limitless potential will give purpose. <br />
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Whatever that purpose may be, the limitless potential could be a hack to that infinite loop. Limitless V.S infinite is kind of like using poison against poison. Then again it could be the permanent break; to the infinite loop. :-p.

Life itself has no meaning... <br />
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Meaning is nothing more than a state of connectedness that consciousness forms to relate inputs (images, sounds, smells, textures, emotional states) to ideas, words, and mental/emotional states in order to seek connection between the current state of our experience and states that have been experienced in the past. <br />
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The reason for this constant and ongoing real-time examination of inputs is that, in order to survive, we need to be able to use past events and experiences to help predict the future. If we were a small fish, and we see a big fish eat one of our smaller sibling fish, the next time we see a bigger fish, we are able to make the connections that tells us the meaning is, we could be next. <br />
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As humans, we have another form of storing and managing information regarding our experience, it is called language. With language, we are able to store not only images and emotional states but also an ob<x>ject oriented view of the world around us. We are able to see "things" and associate words and sounds with those "things". We can also associate the properties that are attributed to those things and even the "things" that we know they can "do". And using nouns, verbs, adjectives and such we are able to organize all of these things in our mind in such a way that there is "meaning" to every sound, image, word, and "thing" that we see and do.<br />
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Naturally, because our minds have been formed to organize our experiences in this way, we assume that there is "meaning" to life as a whole. In fact, I believe that meaning is just a mental state that each of us chooses to form based upon our own set of inputs and emotional states brought on by our experiences. In essence "Meaning" is not truly a noun it is a verb. It is not what find or see (not even in the abstract sense) it is what we, as consciousnesses, do...

I agree, and appreciate you sharing.

I love your thought about the infinite loop - we've been programmed to ask why we are here but cannot find the answer. It's so true. <br />
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We exist in the infinite, but our minds our set only to understand the finite.

Yes, this is exactly what I'm saying.
The act of thinking about infinity creates infinity....