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    I've seen movies and plays where actors comically interact with the audience. They forgo their character temporarily to speak or shake the hand of a member of the audience. When in their character's reality, the audience is not real or invisible. Now let's say a human suddenly realize our world is a play, a simulation if you will, would is sudden enlightenment allows him to violate the laws of nature, by creating rifts in space time to other realities or would he be driven completely insane, by the sudden realization that this world is not real?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    […]Now let's say a human suddenly realize our world is a play, a simulation if you will, would is sudden enlightenment allows him to violate the laws of nature, by creating rifts in space time to other realities or would he be driven completely insane, by the sudden realization that this world is not real?
    That's basically the starting point of "The Matrix" and other such "looking-behind-the-curtain" sci-fi stories.

    Anyway, look up "solipsism," "solipsism syndrome," and "anomie" at Wikipedia.

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    allegory of the cave.

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    With that realization, a person might have experienced great problem or tragedy. For me, life is not a play where you have a character. You do what you want because it is you and no character to portray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    I've seen movies and plays where actors comically interact with the audience. They forgo their character temporarily to speak or shake the hand of a member of the audience. When in their character's reality, the audience is not real or invisible. Now let's say a human suddenly realize our world is a play, a simulation if you will, would is sudden enlightenment allows him to violate the laws of nature, by creating rifts in space time to other realities or would he be driven completely insane, by the sudden realization that this world is not real?
    We perceive the world through gestalt.

    A gestalt is a whole and we perceive no holes in our gestalt.

    But it is very easy to show there are holes in our gestalt.

    For instance, right now you are looking at a gestalt through the perception of your eyes. But in the middle of your eye there is a blind spot which we don't perceive.

    So we create our gestalts and our blind spots.

    So we have the illusion we are seeing the whole, when we are not.

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