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Lesser Dreamer

Lesser Dreamer

Apr 08, 2023

The world is a vast ocean of information. There are fundamental particles (water), there is how they are arranged, and there are patterns of said arrangement. Nothing "exists" save for swirls and currents of the, essentially, continious whole. But when these currents of information pass through the arrangment of matter that is the human brain, we perceive existence. We sense, we think, we feel ourselves and we "perceive the world".

Our perception of reality is subjective. It's just information moving through the network of our neurons. From the outside it's only a bunch of electric and chemical signals, but on the inside it feels very much real.

So are dreams, actually - which are just more distant representations of reality. Again, information moving through the brain, but now in response to the stimuli stored in memory, as opposed to the emergent stimuli from the "outside". Quite similar to little swirls and whirlpools in a stream of water. Yet, again, very much real to us in the moment of experience.

We can hardly imagine the subjective perception of the world of another human, let alone an animal or a plant. When we do, we do so by dissecting and reassembling our own experiences and thought-forms - we have nothing else to work of, after all. We *cannot* imagine things we have no experience of.

When trying to understand another human, we think of the fears and ambitions, of emotions, of logic and thought. Our experiences are similar in some regards, and we can use those similarities to understand the other. We can actually listen to another person, and we can conceive of a faint, but immensely useful, image of their world.

When we try to understand animals, we can still relate to the fear of death and the desire to survive and reproduce. Though we can barely imagine anymore what it feels like to them, only describe as outside observers.

Almost any other arrangement of matter works the same way we do. Information passes through animals, trees, rocks, planets and stars, and changes them. They are small representations of all the outside forces that ever acted on them, in the same way we are.

But the "minds" of rocks, rivers and planets are so utterly incomprehensible, so utterly alien to our system of thoughts and references, it no longer makes any (human) sense to call them in any way conscious.

We, humans, are different from rocks mainly in the amount of layers of information processing. Rocks change directly under influence of the endless stream of information; we, on the other hand, can change ourselves (our position in space, our actions, etc.) with a conscious goal of survival and reproduction in mind, and thus can react in a lot more complex and indirect ways.

But the difference between us is not categorical. Categories exist only in our minds. The difference is in the arrangement, and in the level of complexity in said arrangement. The difference is mainly in the quantity of information processing "hardware", and the difference in quantity turns into a difference in quality.

So, what if we accept that a "mind" is a property of any arrangement of matter - what is the biggest possible arrangement of matter that information moves through? The entire universe. The universe itself is a giant mind, and we are mere figments of its incomprehensible dream, mere whirlpools in the great unconscious ocean. Unconscious because there is nothing outside of the Great Dreamer to interact with. There is only the Mind, and there is only the Dream.

And let's take a smaller arrangement of matter. A *significantly* smaller one. The Lesser Dreamer, the half-conscious humanity on a small blue marble floating in the endless dark mind of the Great Dreamer.

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