1.16 Who thinks?

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Summary:
Our theory is that the universe is a notion of thought. Each of us has our individual thought. How then can we agree on what the universe looks like? How can we do things together, act together?

A logical and simple explanation is that there is only one thought in the universe. What we then have to explain is how then you and I arise as individuals. How did each of us get our "little" personal thoughts? This is the topic of Chapter 3.
1.16.0-1  This thought we are talking about… who does it belong to?

1.16.0-2  You are used to your own thoughts. You assume other people and animals have thoughts too, you're pretty sure. Thus, there are many billions of beings that everyone thinks, just here on this one planet.

1.16.0-3  Have all these thinking creatures started their existence by going through what we have now described? Have they all invented - not just the wheel, but an entire universe for themselves from scratch?

1.16.0-4  How then could we see the world equally? How could I see you standing over there - experienced in my mind - and then I walk over to you and take you by the hand? How can your thought experience what my thought experiences, that we take each other by the hand? How can we agree on what we see and also take actions together that affect both of us?

1.16.0-5  I have given these two problems their respective names (as probably others have done):
  • The "consensus problem", ie how we should be able to experience the same thing and agree on what it is. How can you agree with me that there is a meatball on a plate in front of us, if this dinner thing is created in each of our separate thoughts? How is the consensus formed that there is a meatball there when we both create this notion for ourselves and the meatball does not exist as something material in itself? How can we agree that you and I exist at the table at the same time?
  • The "action problem", which is the question of how we should be able to do things together, act together. One thing is to see each other or to see the same meatball. But how can we also take action together? How can we both grab the plate and end up fighting over it on the kitchen floor? It is a childish but fairly clear example. You and I must both think that we fight, with each other, from second to second. How does this coordination of actions happen if the whole situation is created in two separate thoughts and there is nothing material in itself?
1.16.0-6  It is simply impossible. It cannot be that billions of thoughts create their own unique notion of the world. Yes, of course we have our private assessments and thoughts. I can think that the meatball smells like this and you like that. You want it for an art project, I want it for food. I think it's fun to fight, you hate it.

1.16.0-7  But a lot we see quite similarly. The design of the plate, for example. I can ask you what shape it has and you will answer round. We agree. There is consensus between us on very much.

1.16.0-8  One could imagine that all thoughts work one hundred percent the same. From birth to death. You are doomed from the first second to mentally imagine a fight over a meatball in thirty-five years. The same is true of the person you are fighting with.

1.16.0-9  The world is then "deterministic". Everything that exists in your mind is there of necessity, because these dots you initially experienced became more and more dots, trillions times trillions times trillions. Every dot - or particle if you will - is in a place and behaves in a way that is predetermined based on the condition that was in the beginning and everything that happened since then with necessity.

1.16.0-10  All the billions of seemingly individual thoughts we know about must then work exactly the same. The person you are fighting with has come up with a notion of exactly the same meatball, and a notion of you, just seen from a slightly different angle than yourself and with a slightly different personal assessment of the smell of the meatball, the purpose of the strife and the view of violence. Then "of necessity", deterministically, arises this fight - for both who participate.

1.16.0-11  It's a crazy idea. The term "superdeterminism" is used, because the motions and all other properties of every smallest electron, photon, etc. must be predetermined throughout the life of the universe. And that's just the beginning. Both you and your friend and every single one of the many billions of individuals we know "exist" on the planet Tellus must therefore have an almost identical universe in their minds. It is simply unreasonable to believe such a thing.

1.16.0-12  What we all immediately and intuitively think is that the world must still be material. In fact, there must be a physical meatball independent of both you and me. But we have already rejected this opportunity. Scroll back and read the first pages again.

1.16.0-13  If we reject the extreme variant of superdeterminism and also physicalism, only one solution is possible. It takes most people some time to get used to it:

1.16.0-14  There can only be one thought in the universe.

1.16.0-15  Or rather; the universe must be a construction in one thought. This universal thought knows everything, sees everything, has created the notion of the whole universe, you and me included. Then the problem with the meatball is solved. There is only one idea for a meatball, not billions - neither ideas nor meatballs.

1.16.0-16  Okay. If so, what is your thought? And the thought of your your enemy that you are fighting with? How can the two thoughts be the same? That also sounds unreasonable. They are perceived as highly personal. You can not know about each other's thoughts. Shouldn't you if everything is just one thought?

1.16.0-17  The problem we now have is of a quite different kind. You and I are thinking. We are both sure of that for ourselves. We experience ourselves as a separate individual with our own thoughts and our own body. We are somewhere in the universe and experience it from this position. And remember - everything is thought. There is one universe that is one imagination, one illusion, in one thought. That is our theory.

1.16.0-18  How then do you and I arise as individuals? Why do each of us have such "small" thoughts?

1.16.0-19  You should get the answers, but not right yet. So far, our universe consists of only a handful of particles and a few simple but powerful ideas in a large, universal consciousness. It's some distance from there to you.

1.16.0-20  Are you still standing upright? Do not give up, you are hanging on.

1.16.0-21  Let us first see how the universe almost explodes.