In regard to the question, why did our Mesoamerican cultures stop recording time on December 21, 2012?, we consulted Lord Pakal Ahau for some answers based on what he wrote initially at the top page in his trilogy website, ‘A Thermonuclear-born Human Personality Looking For Answers In The Third Dimension’. He went to his library and gave me a book in Spanish called Simulacron-3, written by Daniel F. Galouye in 1964.
This book probably answered my curiosity on why Lord Pakal Ahau considers himself a sacred programmed reincarnation, but in reality it answers at a higher level that we are all created inhabitants of a total universal environment simulator, well-programmed with our own electronic consciousness connected to a virtual reality.
But first, some abstracts from one of our favorite scholars in Philosophy, Nick Bostrom, PhD Philosophy Faculty, Oxford University. In his website, he discusses The Simulation Argument: Are You Living In a Computer Simulation?
This website features scholarly investigations into the idea that you might currently be literally living in a computer simulation on a computer built by some advanced civilization. Films like The Matrix and novels like Greg Egan’s Permutation City have explored the idea that we might be living in virtual reality. But what evidence is there for or against this hypothesis? And what are its implications? The original paper featured here, “Are You Living in Computer Simulation?”, presents a striking argument showing that we should take the simulation- hypothesis seriously indeed, and that if we deny it then we are committed to surprising predictions about the future possibilities for our species.
In The Simulation Argument: Are You Living In a Computer Simulation? Nick Bostrom. Philosophical Quarterly, 2003, Vol. 53, No. 211, pp. 243- 255., he writes:
‘This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor- simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.’
In addition, there are other follow-on investigations. Robin Hanson writes, (2001) Journal of Evolution and Technology, Vol. 7., How To Live In A Simulation, ‘If you might be living in a simulation then all else equal you should care less about others, live more for today, make your world look more likely to become rich, expect to and try more to participate in pivotal events, be more entertaining and praiseworthy, and keep the famous people around you happier and more interested in you.’
Barry Danton, (2002, October), in Innocence Lost: Simulation Scenarios: Prospects and Consequences says, ‘Those who believe suitably programmed computers could enjoy conscious experience of the sort we enjoy must accept the possibility that their own experience is being generated as part of a computerized simulation. It would be a mistake to dismiss this as just one more radical sceptical possibility: for as Bostrom has recently noted, if advances in computer technology were to continue at close to present rates, there would be a strong probability that we are each living in a computer simulation. The first part of this paper is devoted to broadening the scope of the argument: even if computers cannot sustain consciousness (as many dualists and materialists believe), there may still be a strong likelihood that we are living simulated lives. The implications of this result are the focus of the second part of the paper. The topics discussed include: the Doomsday argument, scepticism, the different modes of virtual life, transcendental idealism, the Problem of Evil, and simulation ethics’.
Returning to the book Simulacron-3 (1964), the book is an American science fiction novel featuring one of the earliest literary descriptions of virtual reality. It is devoted to time and events in which the characters grasp gradually that his own world likely is not “real”, and might be only a computer-generated simulation.
Symbolically, the title term “Simulacron-3” denotes to the just-built virtual reality simulator, and ostensibly refers to a third attempt at “simulectronics” (the reality-simulating technology), however, the “3” also refers to the novel’s three levels of “reality”, or three levels of computer simulation — if the ‘final’, “real” world is simulated. Moreover, “simulacron” is closely derivative of simulacrum, a superficial image representing a non-existent original.
There are two science-fiction films in the noir sub-genre that I recall merit the narrative of Simulacron-3. The first is The 13th Floor (1999, based on Simulacron-3) and the second is Dark City(1998). Beautifully photographed and well adapted to this kind of sub-genre. The 13th Floor got my definitive attention when writing this article because one of the producers was Roland Emmerich, the same person directing the spectacular ‘2012’ movie to be released in November 2009.
“Quotes from the 13th Floor –
Jason Whitney/Jerry Ashton: So what are you saying? You’re saying there’s another world on top of this one?
Douglas Hall: That’s right.
Jason Whitney/Jerry Ashton: So who’s in control?
Douglas Hall: *Not* us.”
This original simulation concept was studied by Lord Pakal in his article, The Mathematical Concept of the Maya Universe, a CERN contribution paper, in which he quotes, ‘It is convenient to remember that the techniques of matrix calculus were recently developed in the past century while the Maya mathematicians used their boards several millennia ago.
Moreover, the discovery of the mathematical matrices have created a revolution in the scientific methods of calculus incorporating a branch in Mathematics such as the Theory of Determinants, Vector Analysis and Tensor Analysis. All of these, in conjunction, is one of the most valuable instruments for Astronomy, Mechanics, Electricity, Fluid Mechanics, Elasticity, Plasticity and Rheology, Relativity, Nuclear Physics and other fields of modern science. It is in actuality, thanks to matrix and tensor calculus, possible to discover the parameters and variables of any phenomenon, not only in Euclidean space but also in Riemannian and Finsler spaces (new visible realities), and even others that we can not yet imagine’.
Moreover, Pakal says, ‘If we reexamine our concept of time, we can convince ourselves that it may be an abstraction that does not exist. We talk about measuring the time with a clock and, in reality, we are comparing movements with the hands of the watch which are coupled with the apparent movement of the sun and the translation of Earth and its orbit.
None of these measurements is strictly time; in fact, it may be as well an external general factor effecting equally all these movements – including those that control our organic and conscious processes – without being aware that time has been stretched or compressed. The total mechanism of the Universe may be suffering accelerations and isotropic pauses in group and we could never perceive them. When we want to know the mass of a body, we weigh it or measure its inertia. To determine its volume, we calibrate its dimensions. To know the contained thermal energy we use a thermometer.
However, to describe its movement, we use an equation where space is involved and a conventional variable called “time”, that is in fact, movement as our Maya ancestors perceived. We can imagine units of valid universality for mass, space, energy, and movement (i.e. speed of light), but not for time’.
Is that the reason why Mayas discovered the word Maya as illusion? Then, we were made to believe that our simulated world is real, and enhanced with a strong security mechanism in it called Time so we cannot detect this scientific idea we are living in a virtually programmed mechanism and cannot escape from the simulation?
If so, how many people have escaped from this synthetic living form of matrix components to obtain a higher functional organism? How many people are created simulations vs. non-simulations? In Maya mathematical thinking Lord Pakal Ahau says, ‘we can see and we know our past time (number of occurred simulations) because it is in front of our eyes in every second, but we cannot see our future simulations because it is behind us and only when we put our will in action, the simulation occurs only and only if the central operator approves it’. Meaning, the simulation is good and consonant with other simulations in our reality as they intended to be initially.
One famous character comes to my mind in this virtual simulation environment, when Jesus said, “My kingdom doesn’t belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. My kingdom doesn’t have its origin on earth.” (John 18:36).
So, what’s with the End of the World as Mayas predict and why suddenly they stopped our time on December 21, 2012? Lord Pakal made me understand this concept from his unique perspective. He said, ‘Look again at this concept of virtual simulation realities as Mayas did. After December 21, 2012, there will be a new virtual simulation caused by a fundamental level of reality, which we have already programmed in our system, be an extinction, a natural catastrophe, a nuclear weapon, a virus attack or some sort of new advanced discovery. All these events have the same number of probabilities in the new 2012 simulation. I will not prophecize the final outcome of the destiny of humankind. That’s not my true mission but there will be new self-learning human beings programmed with new simulated minds. The old existing simulations will not happen again. The operators of this universal computer, the physical elements of simulectronics, are ready to produce a new simulation, a new reality in us. A new reality is our business and their business’.
This makes sense now. If you examine, for example, the Aztec Sun Stone in detail you can see the design was intentionally done to demonstrate our virtual simulation world. This original concept has evaded to many scholars and writers interpreting our Mesoamerican philosophy. One initial glyph that represents also the final glyph with 13 dots to indicate a complete cycle of the virtual simulation. The 13-Acatl glyph from which two serpents emerge framing the solar disk representing day and night. In other words, our virtual and visible reality environment. Interesting, because in each 13-Acatl the Aztecs expected a final transformation. To my knowledge, there were two major events: in one cycle Quetzalcoatl appeared and in another one, there was the Virgin of Guadalupe’s apparition to Juan Diego. It seems that indeed we are facing a roadmap of simulated events altering our consciousness.
More, to answer the final question on why Mayas and Aztecs stopped in a fixed point in time, it indicates that they wanted to demonstrate mathematically the limits of our virtual simulations with physical predictions or the number of realities considered in the physical End of the World. A probable set of coincidences that took several millions of hundreds of years to produce self-replicators in human evolution. If we examine the edge again of the Sun Stone, we will see there is a boundary to the eight concentric circles, the limits of our visible Universe, framed by a circle of dots to indicate the heavens. Again, applying Maya thinking, any reality that extends beyond is not observable to us, and will remain disconnected causally, it can never happen to us, or communicate with us or be seen by us or our descendants unless we have the advanced technology to produce it.
NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: Lord Pakal Ahau asked me to include this addendum to be fair to his cultural diversity education as he studied in Tibet with the Rinpoche Buddhist monks. I include here the Kalachakra mandala, which contains similar cosmological models (virtual simulation realities) that Lord Pakal advocates. It also contains the 2012 Prophecy. The Tibetan Kalachakra contains a prophecy that 860 years after its introduction into Tibet, which happened in 1127, the conditions would be fulfilled for a twenty five year period that would culminate in the appearance of the Tibetan version of New Jerusalem, the hidden city of Shamballa. Eight hundred sixty years after 1127 is 1987, and 25 years after that is 2012. These dates are also significant in various versions of the Mayan calendar. You can read details with more links in the website of our friend Geoff Stray.
Incidentally, the phenomenon of virtual simulation realities and mind uploading was brought by Lord Pakal Ahau in his Neurofitness workshops at The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, influenced by his mentor Dr. Timothy Leary in his quest for life extension. To read more about it, a good article is here.
“There is no science higher than Truth”. – Lord Pakal Ahau.
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