MAYA The World As Virtual Reality
by Richard L. Thompson (Sadaputa dasa)
In the world of modern science, consciousness is reduced to a fading
epiphenomenon, left over after the brain has been physically explained.
It seems to arise when matter is suitably organized, but scientists and
philosophers have been unable to explain why complex organization should
produce anything beyond complex physical behavior. Yet consciousness
won't go away. One possibility is that, instead of being produced by
matter, consciousness is a separate element, added to physical systems.
This can be modeled using the idea of a virtual reality, in which a
human subject enters a computer-simulated world through a sensory
interface. In this book, virtual reality is used as a metaphor for our
situation as conscious beings. The basic theme is that what we can
imagine doing in a virtual reality system may actually be happening in
nature on a vastly greater scale. Nature may be like a computer
simulation interfaced with conscious observer/participants. This
groundbreaking book shows how conscious beings could interact with a
physically realistic virtual world. It shows how paranormal phenomena
can be reconciled in a natural way with the laws of physics, and it
sheds light on paradoxes of time, on life beyond the body, and on cosmic
and terrestrial evolution. In a sweeping synthesis, the ideas and data
of modern science are used to illuminate the ancient theme of
consciousness in a world of illusion.
Softbound, 282 pages.