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--- Nik Taylor <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Amanda Babcock wrote:
> > It doesn't change the way you have to behave?  Are
> you kidding?  When I
> > become aware that I'm dreaming, I know I can
> behave in any socially
> > unacceptable way that I want, because I'm never
> going to see *these*
> > versions of these people again.  And if it's one
> of those frustrating
> > dreams where I keep trying to wake up but it just
> won't take, I do :)
> >
> > Kind of like Groundhog Day.
>
> Sure, but that's not what Christophe was talking
> about.  This is a case
> where you can avoid the consequences of your
> actions.  If reality is, in
> fact, a hallucination, it doesn't change the fact
> that you can't change
> the hallucination.  You can't avoid the consequences
> of your actions by
> "waking up".

Just because you realize that chess is only a game
doesn't mean you can walk into a chess tournament and
ignore the rules of the game by moving your pieces
however and whenever you want to.

Yes, what we call "real life" is just a virtual
reality video game, and yes, we are really
super-advanced beings of pure consciousness who choose
to volutarily forget who we are in order to come into
this "reality" game and play at being mythical
creatures called "humans" and to enjoy its challenges,
but just because we realize that doesn't mean we can
cheat.  We chose to play this game, and while we are
here we are obliged to play by the rules.

--gary