I found the character sheet from every child (exept Timmys *cry*) on a website, so I decides to load them up. Nobody is talking about them, but they have so great sheets.
These are the points:
I say to every sheet something (a lot) because I like making comments. Be annoyed, idc tho. So let’s get started!:
Why is his name Human Kite but his race/ethnicity says that he’s half kite half alien? I think it’ll look cool, if he had an alien look. Like a green(/some other unnatural color) skin tone or a horn? OR ONE OF HIS ATTACKS IS GROWING TENTACLES AND HE SMASHES EVERY ENIMIE AGAINST A WALL?! How cool would that be?
Idky but I like his sex/gender. He’s asexual and gender-neutral. He’s just a kite-alien. I think that fits good to him. He’s just focussing on fighting and important stuff. I like South Park because these little things: it’s not a problem to add a asexual, polysexual (see later) or homosexual character. Neither it’s a problem to add a Buddhist (part two) or a Asian character. And most minorities are the good ones: remember the Pandemic (s12e10+12) episodes? The black dude was the good one and the white one was the psycho guinea pig one. And that counts for like every time someone is a villain?
I’m not shocked that his alignment is lawful. He’s well-behaved. But then, why is he on Cartman’s side EVERY FUCKING TIME? He was in The Stick Of Truth and every other fight they (mostly between Ken, Stan, Eric and himself) had? And then he says he hates him? Yeah, I feel the hate Kahl.
Kite theologist? I just don’t ask what type of religion THAT is. I’d find it funny if they said half jew and half kite theologist. But idk, he’s not even a human anymore so…
Solar winds are his power source? Seriously? xD
I don’t have to say something about that his kryptonite is his mom exept that this is fucking hilarious? I love his character sheet.
Okay Token. You’re a cyborg. More likE A CUTE BABY KITTEN STUCK IN A TUPPER BOX THIS LOOKS SO CUTE OH MY GOD. AND HIS ANGRY FACE, IT LOOKS LIKE >:C AWW THIS IS SO ADORABLE. But really, cyborgs should look scary and he just looks cute?
I had to google gynosexual, that’s a little complicated. You see, he’s gender-neutral (obviously he plays a non-human so that makes sense) and gynosexual means ‘being attracted to women’. In this case, they used gynosexual instead of heterosexual because he has no gender. Hetero means 'other’ and homo means 'same’ but he likes woman, not others who’re gender-neutral. It’s nice that they use the right sexualities.
I’m not sure if he really is that lawful? I mean, he was the one who made the fatty doo doo series (s16e9)? That’s not against the law but still? Idk tho.
I don’t understand his religion?
His power source is hilarious, SkyMall catalog. Yeah dude, every cyborg buys his individual parts in a catalog.
His kryptonite is human emotions, that’s so emo and cute. Like 'I can’t stand feelings, they’re just making things complicated and worse’ yea you did it dude, I’m crying inside thanks to you.
First: his class is brutalist but he’s like a cinnamon role I don’t want that.
He’s human. Idk it doesn’t shock me, I mean he has diabetes so he’s a weak human. He’s straight and I think it fits him well (COUGH NOT LIKE KENNY COUGH). But dude, how could you be a brutalist AND lawful at the same time? You’re a fucking brutalist, when you start fighting everything is destroyed? I’d feel guilt all the time.
His religion is insulin. You got me there, Matt and Trey. But his power source is diabetes? That means, he needs a high/low sugar to regain himself? That’s not how diabetes works? xD Plus his religion and kryptonite doesn’t fit to his power source. He needs to feel bad, but his religion is insulin. Insulin is there to descend your high sugar. And his kryptonite is sugar, but if his sugar is on a normal value (that means around 120) he needs to eat some to get in that worse condition, even if it’s good for him to be on a normal state. Or he injects himself insulin…? I just think to much about that (my parents have diabetes, that’s why I know that), I’ll stop here.
Her sex/gender makes me cry, I love the South Park staff. They’re so open minded, that they add such a character. But I still don’t like Wendy and nothing’s gonna change that. Lol.
But guys, I’m fucking SH👀CK. Her, WENDY TESTERBURGER’S, alignment is neutral? Wtf, is that a mistake? That can’t be true? Jesus.
It was clear that she’s atheist. She’s not a person who believes in god. And that has nothing to do with her sex/gender, I have a friend who is genderfluid (and I think bi or something, she LOVES girls but had boyfriends before, but she doesn’t seem like someone who cares about sexualities so idk…?) AND muslim so shut tf up. Wendy is just someone who can’t believe in things she didn’t saw with her own eyes and understood completely. It’s a good way to think, but, like I said, I don’t like her.
Her power source is technology. I’d find something like internet connection or WLAN, maybe Wi-Fi better. Idk, technology is boring. I don’t think she gets power from a car toy. But then, her kryptonite is good. Spotty Wi-Fi is cool.
Idk, they should wrote bi-curious because that one episode his dad thought that (s11e2). But I think he’s straight and I’m like the only person on this planet with that opinion.
His alignment is chaotic. I didn’t expected that. What a big shocker.
I googled entropy and I didn’t understand that fully. He believes that everything is able to move? Ah-ha…
His power source is 'minion management’? Is that his little chaos squad from episode Franchise Prequel (s21e4)? If yes, I’m going to melt, that’s TOO cute for my heart.
Even, it’s an oldie, Trey and Matt just can’t stop making jokes about butters being grounded. And I fucking love that.
Everyone on tumblr knows his character sheet, but I still want to talk about my fav bean.
THERE IT’S WRITTEN. HE’S HOMOSEXUAL. “You need someone else to play gay with (he said something like that)” MY FUCKING ASS YOU DICK LIKING QUEER SHIT.
That his alignment is neutral is a big fucking lie. He just wrote that down because Tweek wanted that and because he’s a hero. He wants to flip people off (and does that) and I bet he loves making his sister cry. He’s an evil little shit.
His religion, “way of the fist” looool and you say you’re neutral you big motherfucking ass liar.
His power source is love. Call an ambulance, my heart fell out my chest. THIS IS SO GAY I CAN’T.
I made a post about his kryptonite which you can find here
Ignore the shitty quali, idk I found it like that.
I don’t think I have anything to say about the first two points. I mean, it was expectable. But his alignment, neutral, with who do you want to fuck. You big ass liar. But I proof that later.
The next point was also expectable, whatever “coonism” is.
His power source is coon DNA. But… from where do he get that? I have two theories:
He eats his own cum.
He kills/rapes coons.
I’m not sure what’s right. Both sounds like Cartman.
Back to lying: You don’t think that he’s a liar? Look at his kryptonite, “none”, YES OFC YOU BIG FAT PUSSY. KYLE NEEDS TO PUSH YOU AGAINST A WALL AND YOU START CRYING. HOW COULD YOU TELL SUCH A LIE AND STILL SLEEP NORMALY? Your kryptonite is your cocky mouth mister.
This was part one, because you just can add 10 pics and there’re still kids to follow. So, part one. Part two follows. Hope you liked me rambling shit. Goodbye.
New page for my grimoire about one of my favorite subjects. (And as always, a personal reference to material to make me smile.) A quote is going in the corner when I get new pens because I ran out of ink.
“where we are betwixt and between the familiar and the completely unknown. There alone is our old world left behind, while we are not yet sure of the new existence. …This is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed. If we don’t encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy.” - Richard Rohr (author and theologist)
I did some thinking on this, as some wondered about the gender/sexuality identification, and I don’t think it reflects Kyle.
I wondered this as Wonder Tweek and Super Craig’s sheets seemed to be pretty canon for Tweek and Craig, as did some others, such as Toolshed’s, but some thoughts came to mind.
For one, I thought back on the first “battle” with Alternate Universe Flying Kite (Kyle Schwartz). Kyle B vehemently states that Judaism has no place in the character of the Flying Kite, despite Kyle B being a very proud Jew. Therefore, I think he tried really hard to separate himself from his character, making someone entirely different. Adding onto that, the religion part of the sheet says “Kite Theologist”, which is obviously not Kyle.
Also, Super Craig and Wonder Tweek both have their real names in their superhero aliases, whereas Kyle B’s name is nowhere in his, showing the level of correlation between the two egos.
The Parisian Ghetto is a level in Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness. This time several things all together.
There are a couple of street signs in the game. We know Rue st. Mark (which is Rue St. Marc) and Cours la Seine (Which is Cours la Reine). But there are more.
4.10 - Rue Perdu, or the street with the creepy guy. You won’t find a rue perdu in Paris. Rue Perdue is an ancient name, the street nowdays is known as Rue Maître-Albert. So who is mr. Albert? It is Albert the Great or Albertus Magnus (1200-1280), a saint, a then-famous theologist and an alchemist!
A wide range of Pseudo-Albertine works dealing with alchemy exist, though, showing the belief developed in the generations following Albert’s death that he had mastered alchemy, one of the fundamental sciences of the Middle Ages. These include Metals and Materials; the Secrets of Chemistry; the Origin of Metals; the Origins of Compounds, and a Concordance which is a collection of Observations on the philosopher’s stone; and other alchemy-chemistry topics, collected under the name of Theatrum Chemicum.(from wikipedia)
4.11 - Rue de Clef. The street name is actually Rue de la Clef. Nothing special can be find on google maps or with the history of the street name.
4.12 - balcony. If you go to Paris or looking at google maps you’ll notice the balcony styles. Each street has his own pattern. This pattern can be seen in the Rue des Bourdonnais.
4.13 - building with street art. This building can be found in Paris. But I don’t know where. Aurimas from Tomb Raider Forums have found it.
4.14 - Morning radio poster. On the poster (very tiny) says: “Radio de Matin” with a certain “Jay”. Quoting Lara Croft: “it’s all a bitt vague”. Yes Lara, It is :)
4.15 - Hotel Eloise sign. At this place Janice original stood here. If you have the pizzadox program and start AOD (build 39) you can explore it.
This is the final review from the first Parisian Ghetto level. (paris2_1.gmx). The second Parisian Ghetto level will take some time, to document things. I’m not sure if I do the next Parisian Ghetto level (paris2_2.gmx) or the Daniel Rennes (Pawnshop) level and the Le Serpent Rouge level.
Ernst August Wagner was born in 1874 in Eglosheim near Ludwigsburg. He had a very poor, isolated upbringing, the 9th child of 10 but only one of three to survive by 1913. He was a very depressed child and was known as the ‘widows boy’, due to the early death of his father from consumption. Although his mother did remarry, it didn’t last long because of extramarital affairs. Ernst, even though depressed and filled with suicidal thoughts, did well in school and was quite intelligent. He was intelligent enough to gain a stipend from the government and was able to study his way to becoming a teacher. In 1901 was in a teaching position in Mühausen der Enz, where he worked until 1902. In the summer of 1901, he drunkenly committed an act of bestiality. This act would haunt him for the rest of his life. He belived the villagers of Mühausen der Enz knew of his horrible deed and were all making fun of him behind his back. That same year he began seeing Anna Friedericke Schient, and even though he didn’t like her family, he was forced to marry her because she became pregnant. 1894 he was in Switzerland where he attempted twice to commit suicide. By 1909 he and Anna would have four more children and he could have cared less. One of his sons even died on his birthday in 1909, but it did not seem to distress Ernst. His paranoia over the people of Mühausen der Enz knowing his secret grew stronger and stronger as the days went by. He would drive around to remote forest areas on his bike, his most precious possession, sharpening his shooting skills and preparing to take out his frustration on the men of Mühausen der Enz. He began his killing spree on September 4th 1913 with his wife. She was asleep and at around 5 a.m. he bashed her on the head with a blackjack, and stabbed her many times in the throat and chest. He repeated this gruesome act on his sons and his daughters. He left a note on his door saying that they were headed on a trip and in reality the family inside was dead from massive hemorrhaging. He changed his clothes and headed towards Stuttgart, from which he took a train to visit his brother in his hometown. When he got there he spent the night with his sister in law and her children, and the next day took the train to Bietgheim and sent some letters to family members and the theologist and Professor Christoph Schrempf, as well as some newspapers. He got his bike checked and mailed two copies of his autobiography out and headed back for Mühausen der Enz. He got there around 11 p.m. and he put a cap on his head a veil over half his face and attempted to cut the town’s telephone wires. This didn’t work because the wires were too high to reach so he just began walking through the streets shooting at any men that happen to mistakenly crossed his path. He spent around 80 rounds and shot 20 people, killing eight of them as well as two animals. At the beginning of his rampage he started a couple fires which lead to several buildings being burnt to the ground and at least one more villager dead. Stopping to reload, three men knocked him down with hoe’s and sabres and basically beat the shit out of him. He suffered several wounds to his face and his right hand was nearly cut off. The men left him in the road to die but he was found by a police officer a few hours later. When he briefly regained consciousness he immediately confessed to killing his family and said that he would appreciate it if he could be sentenced to death and decapitated. After a long trial and numerous psychiatric assessments and diagnosis, which said he suffered from paranoia, he became the first person in Württemberg to be found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was sentenced to an asylum in Winnenthal for life. There he wrote several plays and dramas and eventually in 1938 he died of tuberculosis. Pictured above are a newspaper article, a picture of Wagner, a few pics of the mass funeral ceremony and the town’s memorial for the victims. Source Wikipedia
I was wondering, are there some qualities of Henry VIII you admire? Aside from his marital history, and all that entailed, I don't find him very interesting. What do you think are some things he should be remembered for (excluding his wives and the Dissolution of the monasteries)?
Oh yes! Well, Henry was extremely intelligent and inquisitive. He was a great learner and really promoted scholars and scholarly pursuits. He was praised as a “genius” and loved learning about pretty much everything (art, music, astronomy, theology, literature, poetry, etc.)
And that’s the other thing, he was very much in touch with all that was happening with the Italian Renaissance, and that led him to introduce quite a lot of neoclassical art and architecture to England.
He was a great patron of the arts and kept musicians, poets, writers, composers, etc. in his employ – which in and of itself isn’t ground-breaking, but the fact that he kept the artists on the forefront of their respective arts in his employ was something new.
He was a lover of theology and was very passionate about religion (until it didn’t suit his purposes). He was able to engage with the leading theologists of the day and take part in complicated and public discussions with them.
He very much understood the importance, visually, of having a public image and all of the connotations that went with it - he probably learned that one from his dad. You can also get a sense of this heightened awareness of public image from his portraits (his mural at Whitehall being the prime example).
I guess I should also add he was a talented poet, had an acknowledged wit, and wrote a number of theological pamphlets that were published.
So far I've never seen much criticism about the theories of the cognitive functions or enneagram. I've been here for some time, and everyone seems to just embrace this stuff? What do you think are the negative and uncovered aspects of it? Thanks!
Enneagram - pseudoscience, no scientific evidence for the patterns - barnum effect and confirmation bias - partially based on Freudian theories (which in itself are heavily discussed and criticised) - spiritual nature, partially based on Christian mysticism and therefore looked down upon by both theologists and religion-critics - lots of different schools / interpretations who disagree with each other (Ichazo and Fauvres being the biggest ones .. tumblr btw mostly follows Fauvres’ interpretation, which adheres to more scientific standards than the others but is also very commercially oriented) - numerology-related explanations for the geometry,
arbitrarily chosen total numbers (why exactly 9, not 8 or 11? because “the 9 lives in the world and understands the connections between all of mankind.” lol ok) - the order of the numbers being equally random basically making the whole wing theory obsolete - the concept of balanced wings (= equivalent to “Ambivert” in MBTI) - 6 being the only one with a seperation of phobic vs counterphobic - … there are probably more
MBTI / cognitive functions - barnum effect and confirmation bias, again - scientific/neurological research behind it only being in its baby years, with only a single research group (Dario Nardi) (-> no one who competently reviews his findings) - being more subjective than people like to admit (different directions into which MBTI and Socionics developed) - dividing people into dichotomies when in reality character traits more likely move along a scale,
absence of empirical bimodality
(what we criticize in the oversimplification that is T vs F applies to Ti/Fe vs Te/Fi as well) - fixed function stacking not observable irl - “unhealthy functions” … grip? loop? flip a coin
- the concept of shadow functions - the mushy and often impossible distinction between Ne and Se
- and that is not even touching the topics of intuitive bias, shitty online tests, correlations with personality disorders, and lack of objectivity during self-typing. I don’t hold MBTI itself accountable for that…
Why am I using both systems anyway if they are so broken? Well, I personally don’t care if a system is completely foolproof and/or scientifically sound. You will not find a single theory that is not criticized by anyone. Human perception is deeply flawed and every theory is deducted from what we can observe so there is always the possibility of errors. Therefore I’m being pragmatic about all of this. Are the theories perfect? Duh no, no theory is. But is it useful anyway (for personal development, for understanding different motivations than my own)? Hell yeah.
Marilyn McCord Adams was born in the USA in 1943. She attended the University of Illinois, before moving on to receive her PhD from Cornell University and continued theological studies at the Princeton Theological Seminary. She then received her Doctor of Divinity degree from Oxford University, where she became the first American and the first woman to be a regius professor of divinity. She was first a distinguished professor of philosophy at many schools, and was ordained an Episcopalian priest in 1987. She was an active feminist theologist, focused on the problem of evil, and well-known for her strong support for same sex marriage.
Want to know more? Check out:
Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God by Marilyn McCord Adams
Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology by Marilyn McCord Adams
Hi! I often see articles about the limitations of "white feminism" and how to transfer to a different kind of feminism, lately I've been wondering if there is anything similar in Christianity. I learned from teachers and books written by white cishet upper-middle class men and I'm wondering if there is material and figures I can check out that are not that. Any little thing pointing me in the right direction would be helpful! I'm not even sure how to start Googling it.
Hey there! Awesome question. Yes, Christian theology has been largely dominated by white, straight/cis men for much too long – luckily, there are places you can go to find theology beyond that. It’s so important to read theology from diverse perspectives in order to gain a rich reflection of God and Christianity, so it’s great you’re looking into this!
Some of the books I read for my first semester of seminary that I definitely recommend are:
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman, a Black theologian
On Job by Gustavo Gutierrez (Latino liberation theologist)
Just Love by Margaret Farley (white woman)
We Have Been Believers by James Evans, a book on Black Theology
Some other authors and articles I read:
“Reading Her Way through the Struggle: African American Women and the Bible” by Renita J. Weems
“Language about God,” chapter 3 of Feminism and Christianity: an Essential Guide by Lynn Japinga
“A Sacred Hope and Social Goal: Womanist Eschatology” by Joan M. Martin
“Adjusting Jonah” by Jione Havea, a theologian from Tonga, Oceania – writes often on theology from a colonized perspective
Finally, some works I’ve not read (or have only read parts of):
Take Back the Word: a Queer Reading of the Bible compiled by Robert E. Goss and Mona West
Sharon Bezner is another queer theologist
The Next Evangelicalism: Rescuing the Church from Western Cultural Activity by Soong-Chan Rah
Most works by Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans
Works by Dr. Randy Woodley, a Cherokee theologian – see some of his responses to an “ask a theologian” question series
Works by Richard Twiss, a Lakota Sioux Evangelical educator and author – hear him speak in this YouTube video “Drumming, Chanting, and other Christian Things”
To look for more works written by theologians that aren’t all white, cis/straight men, here are some areas you can look into:
Black theology and womanist theology
immigrant church theology
Asian (or Asian American) Christian theology
I just googled “disabled theology” out of curiosity to see what would come up and some good looking books did!
honestly, pick a marginalized group and type “_____ theology” into google and you’re likely to find at least some works
If anyone else has other suggestions, please share. The Body of Christ is not solely white, straight, cis, ablebodied, middle/upper class, male, and otherwise privileged – other voices have so much to contribute to our faith and need to be heard!
I don’t know much about theology, I’m a writer and I’m studying a literature tract. But I did biology as my science focus, and the cleaning procedures in this paper are really really thorough. It’s basically “let’s throw every existing way of cleaning someone at them”. Theologists seem confident that cleaning reds is possible, and assuming they’re right then if anything can work in practice, this is it.
If it works this is the best news ever! There’ll be no more constantly polluted people at all! We’ll never have to think about reds at all, they’ll just be gone!!! No one will ever have to see a red again!
First mentioned in 1217, the castle was built between 1512 and 1519. The fortifications were added in the 1660s. The castle is now a youth hostel.
German theologist, radical reformator, and revolutionist Thomas Müntzer was arrested in the castle in 1525, and tortured before he was beheaded and his head displayed for years to deter people from future revolutionary attempts.
Are we living inside a cosmic computer game? Elon Musk echoes the Bhagwad Gita (and the Matrix)
When a tech billionaire and hard-headed pragmatist seems to reprise the ancient Indian concept of maya, or illusion, it’s time to shut up and pay attention.
When the film The Matrix was released in 1999, its central premise, that the world is not what it seems to be, appeared to reprise the ancient Indian concept of maya, or illusion. As Morpheus says to Neo in the film:
“What is real? If you are talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell or see, then all you’re talking about is electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”
He then proceeds to reveal to Neo the truth – that the human race has been condemned by “the Machines” to live out their lives in an artificial simulation called the Matrix, which they readily accept to be the real world.
As a result of its various references to Hindu philosophy, the film, understandably, caused a special frisson of interest in India. In fact, The Matrix is not alone in its assertions: the idea that the world, as we know it, is merely a computer-generated, Matrix-like illusion is a fairly common theme in science fiction, and various academics – philosophers, physicists, mathematicians and theologists – have been exploring this idea over the years.
But now, none other than Elon Musk, the billionaire Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla and Space X, has spoken out strongly in support of this concept.
At a technology conference in San Francisco recently Musk startled the world by saying he believed that the odds are overwhelming that we are living inside a computer simulation. In other words, we could just be virtual playthings inside a cosmic computer game created by some species of Super-beings. In fact, the odds are only “one in billions”, Musk concluded, that we are in “base reality”.
And that is something of great significance. After all, it’s one thing for a philosopher, physicist, mathematician (or any other academic theorist) to play with abstract concepts like illusion versus reality – that’s what they do for a living. However, when a hard-headed pragmatist like Elon Musk, who is immersed in the world of technology, sticks his neck out on the subject, it’s time to shut up and pay attention.
But first, a quick flashback. Four years after The Matrix. in 2003, Oxford philosophy professor Nick Bostrom suggested the possibility that members of an advanced “post-human” civilisation with enormous computing power might run simulations on how their remote ancestors lived. And he arrived at a hypothesis that hinged on a “trilemma”, or the assertion that one of three propositions is almost certainly true:
The fraction of human-level civilisations that reach a post-human stage (that is, one capable of running high-fidelity ancestor simulations) is close to zero
The fraction of post-human civilisations that are interested in running ancestor-simulations is close to zero
The fraction of all people with our kind of experiences that are living in a simulation is close to one
Bostrom reasoned that if the third proposition is true, and that almost all people with our kind of experiences live in simulations, then we ourselves are almost certainly living in a simulation. (Not necessarily easy to follow, but that’s the way it sometimes is with philosophy.)
But how do we prove it?
Presenting a hypothesis is one thing, but trying to actually prove it is a different matter.
John Barrow, a mathematics professor at Cambridge, attempted to do that, suggesting that if our world was indeed a simulation, it would, as it degraded, begin to display glitches (just as any computer would). Therefore, Barrow said, we need to carefully monitor aspects of nature that are supposed to be constant – like the speed of light, for example, or the strength of the electromagnetic force – and if we ever spot them drifting from those constant values, that might be proof that we are indeed inside a simulation. This test would perhaps be the equivalent of the ‘little Red Pill’ that Morpheus gave to Neo in The Matrix to allow him to see that the real world was different from the illusion he had inhabited all his life.
Silas Beane, a University of Washington physicist, went on to propose a different proof for the simulation hypothesis. It went like this: physicists tell us that space is a smooth continuum that extends infinitely. But if someone were to create a simulation of space it would necessarily have to be done by using a lattice-like structure. Beane tells us that the spacing of such a lattice structure would impose a limit on the energy that particles could have. So if our cosmos is merely a simulation, we would see a cut-off in the spectrum of high-energy particles. Moreover, if space is continuous (as they tell us), cosmic rays should come to us from all directions equally. But in a simulation, because of the lattice structure, the cosmic rays would travel along the axes of the lattice, so they would not come to us from all directions equally. And that is something we could measure.
All these theories and proofs came, of course, with their own assumptions and caveats. Beane’s theory, for example, makes the assumption that the beings who created a simulation would follow the same methods as we do. But why should we assume that an advanced “post-human” civilisation would create a simulation the way we would do it, using a lattice? Why shouldn’t they create a simulation that is perfectly smooth instead, like space itself?
Indistinguishable from reality
Elon Musk’s reasoning, however, is much simpler and more down-to-earth. Pragmatist – and technologist – that he is, he avoided overly abstract theorising.
Instead, he pointed out how 40 years ago, computer games such as Pong were played using just two rectangles and a dot. “That was what games were.”
But now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic 3D simulations with millions of people playing games simultaneously – and it’s getting more sophisticated every year.
Soon computer games will embrace such things as virtual reality and augmented reality. And before long they will become completely indistinguishable from reality itself – even if we assume that their rate of advancement drops drastically from what it is now – which it probably won’t, he pointed out.
That is what we can reasonably foresee.
OK, so now let us fast forward 10,000 years into the future – which, of course, is just a blink on the evolutionary scale. Can you imagine what computer games will be like then?
Given this mind-boggling sophistication of computer games, combined with the fact that those games will be played on literally billions of computers, Musk concluded, it is only logical to assume that that “the odds that we’re in base reality is one in billions”.
Technology vs Theory
This is perhaps the simplest, yet most convincing, response to the question of whether we are living inside a simulation or not – especially as it comes from someone who is not a theoretician, but a hard-core technology guy, obsessed by the subject of Artificial Intelligence.
The obvious question is, so is the creator of our simulation “God”?
Well, it may be. Or it may be your great-great-great-great-great-grandson. Or it may be just some pimply teenage hacker living in a slightly more advanced galaxy across the road. We really don’t know.
The other question is, what does all this mean to us?
So what if we are just lines of code in some great cosmic realty show? Some of us would, like Neo, want to pop a metaphorical “Red Pill” to discover what the actual Reality is. Most others would, perhaps, be too insufficiently evolved, too complacent, or just too fearful, and would therefore prefer to continue to live in our comfortable Illusion, and so we’d choose the “Blue Pill” instead.
(After all, in The Matrix the character named Cypher finds he can’t handle the Reality he has discovered, and chooses to go back instead to the illusory comfort of the Matrix.)
So Red Pill or Blue Pill?
It’s not unlike the choice that Lord Krishna offers to Arjuna in the Bhagwad Gita.
But, actually, there is perhaps a third choice, which has always fascinated somebody un-evolved and coarse like myself: What if I could somehow locate the control panel of our simulation, sneak in, change my own personal settings, and become the kind of person “who has everything”. Someone like George Clooney, perhaps. Or Haruki Murakami. Or Roger Federer. Or Anthony Bourdain.
Or, come to think of it, someone like Elon Musk himself.
“I’m telling you, Balthazar, you just need to get here.” Castiel hisses into the phone. He casts a glance toward his living room, where Dean sits, examining the TV remote.
“Castiel, there is literally nothing on on Earth that could get me out of bed at 7 am on a Saturday morning,” Balthazar yawns loudly into the phone, “Especially when I have a former Miss November and Miss April in my bed.” Castiel rubs his temples. Balthazar was another one of the world religion professors, and a brilliant one at that. However his knowledge of lesser known sects and theologies was tempered only by his laziness.
“Please,” Castiel begs, “I’ll grade your essays for a month,”
“I have TA for that,” He replies. Castiel sighs. Out of the corner of his eye, he sees Dean jump in surprise as the TV comes to life and has to stifle a laugh at the man’s (god’s?) expense.
“What if I take over your Monday morning classes?” There is silence at the end of the line. Castiel knows he’s got him.
“For how long?” Balthazar asks. There is a noticeable sound of shuffling movement on the line.
“A month,” Castiel says flatly.
“A semester,” he counters. Castiel scoffs.
“Six weeks.” he offers, “And you can borrow my grad student, the one that always brings coffee. You will not regret this.” He glances at Dean, who seems taken with whatever he is watching. Balthazar hums at the end of line.
“That’s what you said about Dr. Himmler’s lecture series on dissecting biblical genealogy,” Castiel wants to interject, but Balthazar sighs into the phone, “I’ll be there in a few, Castiel, don’t get your panties in a twist.” Castiel smiles as he hangs up the phones. Dean is concentrated on the TV. His gaze follows the Weather Channel anchor as his arms sweep across the map of the Eastern Seaboard. Dean’s eyes widen as the graphic changes zooms into the landscape, demonstrating the storm front moving in. Castiel walks back into the living room and plops back onto the couch next to Dean. He can’t help but smile. He may be a an ancient deity, but Dean’s fascination is charming. Castiel had been unsure as to what to do with Dean last night. There was no way he would have left him at the library and Dean seemed unclear on how or when he was to return to his own world. He had brought Dean back to his apartment on a spur of the moment decision and set him up on the couch to sleep that night, only to be informed that Dean would stand guard and watch over the one he was wooing and his home. Castiel had been too tired to argue and had gone to bed. He woke up in the morning to find Dean in the same position on the sofa he had been the night before, back straight and vigilant. Castiel found that he was both flattered and a bit annoyed by the effort. He was a grown man with a baseball bat by his bedside, he could protect his own home.