A quote that could certainly apply to research on biological systems. Just because you think you're smart, doesn't mean you can out think the system or even understand it.
These actually are most of the core experiences of schizophrenia for some people; people don't realize this because the stereotype (of hearing voices and so on) exists semi-independently of the illness and is self-reinforcing.
Probably there are many people who are more or less what is called "schizotypal" and don't have an episode that leads to hospitalization or other crisis so they never identify with the people who experience psychosis.
There was a former judge who was institutionalized a long time ago, and was still able to write a great deal about what he experienced, named Daniel Paul Schreber.
I think they are fundamentals of human experience. Especially because people are culturally influenced by those with more pronounced experiences than they themselves have had.
The sense that some things are real and other things are fake is present in virtually all philosophy and is probably part of being human. Sometimes, in philosophy, the empirical world (the way things appear to us) is fake and thought/categories/essences/ideal objects are real. Other times this is reversed, categories are seen as mere conventions, and reality is just empirical measurements with no "real" way to order them.
Of course it's part of being human, aren't schizophrenics human?
Dehumanizing other members of homo sapiens is also fundamentally part of being human, no question in my mind.
Nothing is as perfect as you believe it to be.
When political opponents can be labeled as dumb right-wing extremists, then, of course, the message is "we are friends of science and science is true". When actual scientists reveal inconvenient facts regarding current policies, then that is proclaimed as disinformation and censured.
In context, there were a lot of things in PKD's life that didn't go away even though he tried his best to not believe in them.
How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later, Philip K. Dick - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23500469 - June 2020 (117 comments)
How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later (1978) - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20207585 - June 2019 (19 comments)
How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later (1978) - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9943609 - July 2015 (12 comments)
How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later by Philip K. Dick, 1978 - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=451981 - Jan 2009 (3 comments)
Automate in the sense that when an article that has been reposted hits the front page, a post like the above is auto generated, looking back at previous submissions of the same post
Past explanations if anyone cares: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28441182
Having precognition-like situations has happened to a lot of people and I'll disagree with other commenters that this makes them close to schizophrenia. That's a strange thing to say IMO; most people I ever talked with had weird dreams with very specific details which they proceeded to see/hear years later randomly, long after they forgot the dream.
Is most of humanity suffering from schizophrenia then? Or maybe time as we have postulated it does not exist indeed? Who knows.
> There is something enormously powerful in a child’s ability to withstand the fraudulent.
I wish that was 100% true. There's a whole generation of kids out there who never even played with material objects save for smartphones / tablets. I dread what's ahead of them after they grow up. But maybe I am a pessimist here; humans have the unique ability to "wing it" whenever push comes to shove. That's something I admire in the human race.
"In Plato’s Timaeus, God does not create the universe, as does the Christian God; He simply finds it one day. It is in a state of total chaos. God sets to work to transform the chaos into order. That idea appeals to me, and I have adapted it to fit my own intellectual needs: What if our universe started out as not quite real, a sort of illusion, as the Hindu religion teaches, and God, out of love and kindness for us, is slowly transmuting it, slowly and secretly, into something real?"
He, like many still, have a bit of an idealized image of the gnostics, and overlook those of their ideas that are more alien today.
"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."
This has been learned and applied by all sorts of actors. It would be well if this power, and the tendency to abuse it, were better known, so that more of us would be on guard. Unfortunately, most people seem all too willing to allow the determined to take control of the language.
This question has been asked before. Look into the 1976 book “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind” by Julian Jaynes.
I wonder what he would think of today's world
I don't like his writing, but I do like his ideas. (I even wrote a song about it: https://soundcloud.com/n-gram-music/exegesis )
The Matrix was not a specifically unique concept, it was just unfamiliar to audiences at the time. That isn't to say that there isn't something especially good and powerful in it's blend of the aesthetics and themes that Welt Am Draht and the remake The Thirteenth Floor didn't have.
Made me think of the meta verse that I have been hearing so much about lately.
"This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance."
- PKD (1978)
"The ultimate weapon has always existed. Every man, every woman, and every child owns it. It's the ability to say No and take the consequences."
- Robert Anton Wilson (1975)
I wonder if PKD read Leviathan?
Gleed examined it, turning it over and over between his fingers. It was nothing more than an oblong strip of substance resembling ivory. One side was polished and bare. The other bore three letters deeply engraved in bold style:
Glancing up at Baines, his features puzzled, he said, ‘You call this a weapon?’
‘Then I don’t get it.’ He passed the plaque to Harrison. ‘Do you?’
‘No.’ Harrison examined it with care. ‘What does this F.—I.W. mean?’
‘Initial-slang,’ informed Baines. ‘Made correct by common usage. It has become a worldwide motto. You’ll see it all over the place if you haven’t noticed it already.’ [...]
‘It didn’t mean anything to me.’
‘It means plenty,’ said Jeff, ‘Freedom-I won’t!’
I mean is it like "The Blair Witch Project" where they made horror to deliberately look like a documentary.
This to me looks like fiction/autobiography made deliberately to like a fiction/reality fractal, sentences look like personal experience but again I have a feeling Philip is trying deliberately to push our psyche deep into the spiraling rabbit hole or unknown.
I have read much of his writing, though far from even most of it. Even if I had read all of it, I know my answer would be the same.
I guess if the reader had experienced similar amamnesis as of the author, these ideas would strongly appeal to them then.