Materialism vs Idealism

By Marc Gauvin

Copyright ⓒ April 3 2016

Basically, the above video "Sim Theory We May Be In The Matrix" questions the premise labelled as "materialism" that there exists a fundamental nature of "physical matter" that is what determines everything in our universe including consciousness. This premise is contrasted with "idealism" that postulates the existence of an intelligent realm of "ideas" that is what defines our "material reality" and that does not depend on it for it to exist. Hence and from the perspective of our material universe, such a realm appears as the "immaterial" source of "everything". This latter view, is what is referred to as the "sim theory" referring to our reality being the work of some realm external or at least independent to our material world. 

The strongest scientific evidence referenced for the idealist point of view over the materialist view, consists of:

1) The double slit experiment and subsequent variations of it, where it is conclusively proven that rather than behaviour of "matter" being a function of its properties e.g. particle or wave, behaviour of matter is determined by a set of rules only relevant to consciousness. That is, if there is no conscious perception, then matter and its behaviour remains indeterminable within a probability distribution, while the moment consciousness "perceives" or becomes aware of matter, then matter displays a concrete behaviour within a predetermined range of rules of behaviour. 

2) The fact that,  certain phenomenon that has also been shown to exist experimentally, such as entanglement,  cannot be explained without resorting to the sim theory. Specifically, two entangled particles separated by any distance no matter how far, can only synchronise if and only if what governs them is independent of time and space i.e. a simulator that although is responsible for generating the simulation (our reality), has no need for its existence to also be of what it simulates.  Also such it is equidistant to any two points in the system no matter how distant these are between themselves.

These are truly compelling arguments that seem to prove that our universe is governed first and foremost by a rule set that defines matter rather than any independent nature of matter itself. The medium or common denominator between our "creator" and our "physical" universe, appears to be consciousness also stored outside of our "simulated" universe. This idea in part is what prompted contemplating "The Wrath of Certain Eternity Rev. 2 (matter, consciousness and eternity)".

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