Today’s tweet caught my eye not because I believe it. Cummon. The idea is that a large chunk of history never happened and we’ve just artificially filled in the gaps.
From a commonsense perspective this is rubbish. A quick web search brings up all sorts of historical persons and acts during this “phantom time.”
We have lots of records. Physical records.
However, I mention the idea today because, well, it did give me pause over something maybe related.
Some schools of metaphysical thought claim that we can’t be sure of anything but the present. For all we know, they say, the universe is huge, flickering bunch of “presents.”
So this present that I’m writing in is really – according to the theory – just a present with a lot of true, false or simulated memories.
The next flicker could be an entirely different present (with an alternate set of history and memories) and I wouldn’t know the difference.
This next present would be just as real as my current present. And then in the next flicker, who knows… an entirely new set of memories, history, beliefs.
For those adhering to this idea, each moment is just as true, false or simulated as the next. And there could be countless flickering streams, all happening or possibly alternating at once.
Yeah, a bit.
But I think the notion is intellectually impossible to disprove.
If you find it hard wrapping your head around this, consider a computer processor. When multitasking, the processor alternates bits of data at super high speeds. Data flies through the processor so fast that tasks appear simultaneous to the user (for example, streaming music, transferring files and blogging).
But again your data is alternating at great speeds.
Could we be the same?
Obviously this is not a question to make the headlines in a 21st century where we’re mostly worried about lunatics with bad haircuts bombing us into oblivion.
But in the 91st century, who knows?