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“Glitch in the Matrix”: 5 Experiences That Suggest Reality Isn’t Real

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Did you know there is a type of psychic-ish phenomena people call a “glitch?”

Kind of similar to a déjà vu, or a premonition, or precognition, a glitch is where a person perceives something that breaks the laws of physics and reality, seeing perhaps the same person in a crowd walk by twice in exactly the same way moments after each other, a man checking out groceries the exact same way twice on the same day with no recollection of being there before, things that happen twice or break the laws of reality.

Think of it what you will, if the stories are true it’s evidence of something.

I discovered several stories of people recalling their glitches online, even an entire subreddit called “Glitch in the Matrix.”

Researching precognition and trying to understand why people have dreamt scenes in their lives that exactly came true later, I stumbled upon this concept and realized it might have happened to me when I was 11.

When I was 11, my family and I were moving out of a house and I saw my dad walk to his car, open the door and get inside. I was standing by a tree in the front yard, at a distance to where I couldn’t see his face inside the car, but I clearly saw him exit the house and get in the car.

Then I walked over to the car wondering why he wasn’t leaving, and he wasn’t there. It really freaked me out.

Then a few months later I was in school, and I saw a girl with blonde hair and a green backpack walk past me down a long hallway.

Within less than a minute while I was walking down the hallway, the exact same girl walked past again the same way. I’m positive I saw her twice, walking all the way past me. I wondered if I was going crazy at the time, and never found an answer until a few days ago when I found this phenomena of “glitches.”

But my story isn’t nearly as interesting as these:

According to Reddit user blackcat104 in a post titled “Not sure what happened to me today at work…”:

“So to start things off, I love reading this reddit. It is one of my favorites. I’ve never experienced a glitch or anything before personally so I don’t know if what happened to me today was anything at all or I’m just losing it. I’m a cashier, to help get through college and all that. Very boring job. But I usually work at the express (7 items or fewer) lane at my store. I work nights a lot too. The other day around 7pm, it was kinda slow and I was only getting customers about once every ten minutes. A man about 40 and his two kids came through the line and bought frozen pizza, ice cream, beer and a few other household things. I had a casual conversation, checked his ID for alcohol (it’s store policy to ID everyone) and he left. Another five or so minutes go by and I see the man coming in my line again. I asked if he had forgotten something and he looked confused and said “What are you talking about?” I looked at his items and they were the exact same as before. He was with the same two kids and everything. I just stood there confused and asked if he had just been in. He said no and I laughed uncomfortably and said it must have been someone who looked just like him but I know it was the same man as before. I even had to check his ID again and it was the same man. It was crazy. I asked the girl next to me if she saw him twice and she said she wasn’t really paying attention but she thought he only came through my line once. The whole situation was very odd.

What do you guys think?”

According to Reddit user smol-bean-dean in a post titled “My Reflection Glitched”:

“The scariest thing that happened to me was last year. I’m still scared to look in the mirror some times. I looked in the mirror and was doing my make up and I blinked and my reflection blinked right after me. I saw my reflection blink. It wasn’t when I blinked, it blinked after I did.”

According to Reddit user ogmarker in a post titled “So, this happened yesterday and this seems like the appropriate place to post it.”:

“I meant to post this yesterday but fell asleep after I got home and forgot lol.

So, I wake up at 5:00am yesterday for work. Head out the house at around 5:30am. As you can imagine, there’s hardly anyone on the street. So I’m about halfway to work when I catch a red light. A little ahead of me there’s a guy on a moped. It looks like he’s going to stop at the light, but then he makes a right.

So now, I’m the only one at the light. No one behind or next to me. I look in the rear view mirror, no one for at least 200 feet in back of me. The light turns green. I accelerate and happen to look in my rear view mirror again as I pass the intersection. What I see next….

The guy on the mo-ped making a right at the intersection. The same thing that I saw 12-18 seconds before, happening again. It was insane. My windows aren’t tinted so I’m always super aware of people pulling up next to me. I’m still not sure what to make of that. There was no one next to me or near me when the light turned green.

Maybe this isn’t a “glitch” but I thought u guys might appreciate the story”

According to Reddit user iamaghost:

“Thank you fellow anonymous Redditors.. I’ll get right to it.

Last night I woke up 2 different times. Both times were due to this really loud odd sounding tone. Just like beeep.. the second time was from a second beeeep with different tones to it but interchanging. These two sounds woke me up because ( this is where I sound totally crazy ) they were not coming from an outside source.. I woke up and recognized wow that was from inside my head..

Not too weird right? I just put it to me being really tired. Didn’t think much of it. Until my husband called me on his lunch like he does everyday and said wow what is that sound?! I couldn’t hear anything but he said it sounded exactly like one of those 2 way radios going in and out. It only happened once.

That made me me remember last night and that is exactly the noise I heard but it was coming from inside my head.?!

I have no clue on this. I know for a fact I don’t have any metal plates in my head. Maybe it was just coming from my phone which is on my bedside table I guess?

Now after I get off the phone with my husband earlier this afternoon I’m pondering this and thinking well that’s pretty odd. I’m standing there doing dishes just thinking and looking out the kitchen window. A white van dives by.. the only reason I noticed this is because the driver looked like he was picking his nose.. which made me kinda laugh. I kid you not no more than 3 min later the same van and driver go by doing the same thing?!”

According to Reddit user Tea Orchid’s post:

“This seemed like a good place to tell this story. Perhaps someone has had a similar experience.

This happened to me last December. My fiance, baby, four year old and I were staying with my parents for a few months waiting on an apartment to be finished and ready for us to move in. We were there about five months.

The room the four of us shared was downstairs, directly below a bathroom and my parents room. The bed we slept in faced a wall of big floor-to-ceiling shelves that my dad had built into the wall.

One morning I was having a hard time waking up, blearily struggling to open my eyes as I could feel the bright winter sun on my face. I cracked my eyes a little and blurily saw the shelves across the room, as usual. Suddenly, the entire wall of shelves shifted, sharply moving to the left a couple feet, and then back, so suddenly that my brain immediately thought, “Thats funny. I must still be sleeping. I totally thought I was awake.” I closed my eyes again for a few moments and then opened them quickly. The same series of tall white shelves faced me, and again, so swiftly and unexpectedly, the entire thing slid to the left and then back again, like that bar thing on a typewriter. Very mechanical. By now I knew I was awake. I was the only one in the room besides the sleeping newborn, who never woke for this.

I left the room confused, telling myself it was some sort of wierd leftover dream state hallucination. Later that morning over coffee, my mom stared out the window and remarked quietly, “My bed was shaking this morning. It was so wierd.”

I was intrigued and asked her to explain. She set down her cup and told me how she woke up earlier in the morning and saw the sun coming in through the window, and as she was just waking, her bed felt like it moved suddenly to the left, and then back. She sat up, startled and quite awake, but it didn’t do it again. I hadn’t thought twice about my experience or her saying her bed shook, not until she described the way it shook, the particular shifting motion, just once and quite abruptly. As it someone slid it over and then back quickly. In a room located directly above the wall of shelves in my room. With the occurrences happening about the same time.

I told her my own story then of that morning, and her eyes widened at my description of how the wall moved. We agreed it was bizarre and, with nothing to do, simply left it at that. I have never experienced anything like it since.”

Some suggest “glitches” are evidence of this reality being some kind of computer simulation, or that we are alive in another existence and simply dreaming this one while primarily existing there. Several theories arise organically in people after experiencing this type of thing: it seems every person’s guess is as good as the next.

Think of this what you will, in any case it’s something that definitely raises some questions about the nature of time and reality.

(Image credit: Dornob, Pininterest) Featured images: Mysticsartdesign/Pixabay

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Physicists Suggest All Matter Could Be Made Up of Energy ‘Fragments’

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Matter is what makes up the Universe, but what makes up matter? This question has long been tricky for those who think about it – especially for the physicists.

Reflecting recent trends in physics, my colleague Jeffrey Eischen and I have described an updated way to think about matter. We propose that matter is not made of particles or waves, as was long thought, but – more fundamentally – that matter is made of fragments of energy.

From Five to One

The ancient Greeks conceived of five building blocks of matter – from bottom to top: earth, water, air, fire and aether. Aether was the matter that filled the heavens and explained the rotation of the stars, as observed from the Earth vantage point.

These were the first most basic elements from which one could build up a world. Their conceptions of the physical elements did not change dramatically for nearly 2,000 years.

Then, about 300 years ago, Sir Isaac Newton introduced the idea that all matter exists at points called particles. One hundred fifty years after that, James Clerk Maxwell introduced the electromagnetic wave – the underlying and often invisible form of magnetism, electricity and light.

The particle served as the building block for mechanics and the wave for electromagnetism – and the public settled on the particle and the wave as the two building blocks of matter. Together, the particles and waves became the building blocks of all kinds of matter.

This was a vast improvement over the ancient Greeks’ five elements but was still flawed. In a famous series of experiments, known as the double-slit experiments, light sometimes acts like a particle and at other times acts like a wave. And while the theories and math of waves and particles allow scientists to make incredibly accurate predictions about the Universe, the rules break down at the largest and tiniest scales.

Einstein proposed a remedy in his theory of general relativity. Using the mathematical tools available to him at the time, Einstein was able to better explain certain physical phenomena and also resolve a longstanding paradox relating to inertia and gravity.

But instead of improving on particles or waves, he eliminated them as he proposed the warping of space and time.

Using newer mathematical tools, my colleague and I have demonstrated a new theory that may accurately describe the Universe. Instead of basing the theory on the warping of space and time, we considered that there could be a building block that is more fundamental than the particle and the wave.

Scientists understand that particles and waves are existential opposites: A particle is a source of matter that exists at a single point, and waves exist everywhere except at the points that create them.

My colleague and I thought it made logical sense for there to be an underlying connection between them.

Flow and Fragments of Energy

Our theory begins with a new fundamental idea – that energy always “flows” through regions of space and time.

Think of energy as made up of lines that fill up a region of space and time, flowing into and out of that region, never beginning, never ending and never crossing one another.

Working from the idea of a universe of flowing energy lines, we looked for a single building block for the flowing energy. If we could find and define such a thing, we hoped we could use it to accurately make predictions about the Universe at the largest and tiniest scales.

There were many building blocks to choose from mathematically, but we sought one that had the features of both the particle and wave – concentrated like the particle but also spread out over space and time like the wave.

The answer was a building block that looks like a concentration of energy – kind of like a star – having energy that is highest at the center, and that gets smaller farther away from the center.

Much to our surprise, we discovered that there were only a limited number of ways to describe a concentration of energy that flows. Of those, we found just one that works in accordance with our mathematical definition of flow.

We named it a fragment of energy. For the math and physics aficionados, it is defined as A = -⍺/r where ⍺ is intensity and r is the distance function.

Using the fragment of energy as a building block of matter, we then constructed the math necessary to solve physics problems. The final step was to test it out.

Back to Einstein, Adding Universality

More than 100 ago, Einstein had turned to two legendary problems in physics to validate general relativity: the ever-so-slight yearly shift – or precession – in Mercury’s orbit, and the tiny bending of light as it passes the Sun.

These problems were at the two extremes of the size spectrum. Neither wave nor particle theories of matter could solve them, but general relativity did.

The theory of general relativity warped space and time in such way as to cause the trajectory of Mercury to shift and light to bend in precisely the amounts seen in astronomical observations.

If our new theory was to have a chance at replacing the particle and the wave with the presumably more fundamental fragment, we would have to be able to solve these problems with our theory, too.

For the precession-of-Mercury problem, we modeled the Sun as an enormous stationary fragment of energy and Mercury as a smaller but still enormous slow-moving fragment of energy. For the bending-of-light problem, the Sun was modeled the same way, but the photon was modeled as a minuscule fragment of energy moving at the speed of light.

In both problems, we calculated the trajectories of the moving fragments and got the same answers as those predicted by the theory of general relativity. We were stunned.

Our initial work demonstrated how a new building block is capable of accurately modeling bodies from the enormous to the minuscule. Where particles and waves break down, the fragment of energy building block held strong.

The fragment could be a single potentially universal building block from which to model reality mathematically – and update the way people think about the building blocks of the Universe.

Republished from TheConversation.com under Creative Commons

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Neuroscientist Claims That Consciousness Itself Is Its Own Energy Field

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A neuroscientist has suggested in a new theory that our consciousness is derived from a field of electromagnetic waves given off by neurons.

The study published last month in the journal Neuroscience of Consciousness is entirely based off a theory absent of tangible evidence. However, the author of the research Johnjoe McFadden said that his hypothesis could offer a way forward for robots that think and feel emotions.

McFadden believes that neuron waves of electrical activity get sent out and as they propagate across the brain, they help compose our entire conscious experience.

Johnjoe McFadden, is a molecular geneticist and director of quantum biology at the University of Surrey. McFadden points to flaws in other models of consciousness as the reason that we don’t have sentient artificial intelligence or robots capable of achieving consciousness.

McFadden’s hypothesis swerves away from most traditional neuroscientists, who generally see consciousness as a narrative that our brain constructs out of our senses, perceptions, and actions. Instead, McFadden returns to a more empirical version of dualism — the idea that consciousness stems from something other than our brain matter.

McFadden’s theory adapts the idea of “dualism,” which is the belief that consciousness is a supernatural force. Dualism has long been rejected by scientists and ruled pseudo-science, but McFadden has attempted to apply a scientific explanation for the idea, which hasn’t been done before.

Neuroscience news reports that the theory is based on scientific fact:

“The theory is based on scientific fact: when neurons in the brain and nervous system fire, they not only send the familiar electrical signal down the wire-like nerve fibres, but they also send a pulse of electromagnetic energy into the surrounding tissue. Such energy is usually disregarded, yet it carries the same information as nerve firings, but as an immaterial wave of energy, rather than a flow of atoms in and out of the nerves.”

It’s also a fact we have an electromagnetic field surrounding our brain is well-known and is detected by brain-scanning techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) but has previously been dismissed as irrelevant to brain function and supernatural. Instead, McFadden contends that the brain’s information-rich electromagnetic field is, in fact, itself the seat of consciousness, driving the ‘free will’ of an individual.

“How brain matter becomes aware and manages to think is a mystery that has been pondered by philosophers, theologians, mystics and ordinary people for millennia,” McFadden said in a press release published by Medical Xpress. “I believe this mystery has now been solved, and that consciousness is the experience of nerves plugging into the brain’s self-generated electromagnetic field to drive what we call ‘free will’ and our voluntary actions.”

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Ann Arbor becomes latest city to decriminalize “magic” mushrooms and other natural psychedelics

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(TMU) – The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has effectively decriminalized psilocybin or “magic” mushrooms along with other natural psychedelics in the latest sign that public opinion across the U.S. is continuing to turn against prohibitionist policies.

On Monday, the Ann Arbor City Council unanimously voted in favor of a resolution that would make it the city’s lowest-ranked law enforcement priority to the investigate or arrest anyone planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, using or possessing entheogenic plants or plant compounds.

The resolution applies to all psychedelics derived from plants and fungi, including psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, ibogaine, mescaline, peyote and other substances with hallucinogenic properties deemed illegal under state and federal law.

The council also requires the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office to halt the prosecution of those involved in the use of entheogenic plants and plant compounds.

Ann Arbor now joins a growing list of cities including Denver, Colorado, and the California cities of Santa Cruz and Oakland that have decriminalized all entheogenic plants. Other cities including Chicago and Austin are considering similar measures. A ballot measure that would legalize the use of psilocybin in therapeutic settings will also be voted on in the state of Oregon this November.

The move to de-prioritize law enforcement around psychedelics was spearheaded by the efforts of local grassroots advocacy group Decriminalize Nature Ann Arbor, or DNA2.

At the beginning of the year, councilmembers were skeptical about any move to decriminalize psychedelics. Since then, they’ve found themselves convinced by evidence of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of psychedelics, including for mental health treatment and treating addiction, reports MLive.

Councilmember Zachary Ackerman cited the opening of a $17 million psychedelic and consciousness research center by Johns Hopkins Medicine as proof of “the tremendous potential of these future medicines.” The Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is currently conducting clinical trials to find out whether the drug is suitable as a prescription drug for the U.S. market.

Councilmember Jack Eaton described the council’s unanimous backing for the decriminalization resolution as carrying on the city’s legacy of backing the local decriminalization of marijuana during the 1970s, when the plant was still illegal under state and federal law.

The resolution doesn’t allow for the commission of crimes or any significant violation of state or federal law, and any use of entheogenic substances that pose a threat to public health and safety could require intervention by law enforcement bodies.

In the resolution, entheogenic plants are defined as the full spectrum of plants and fungi that contain indole amines, tryptamines and phenethylamines “that can benefit psychological and physical wellness, support and enhance religious and spiritual practices, and can reestablish human’s inalienable and direct relationship to nature.”

The resolution also states that psychedelic substances can be used to address substance abuse problems, addiction, recidivism, trauma, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, grief, cluster headaches and other debilitating conditions.

“The use of entheogenic plants, which can catalyze profound experiences of personal and spiritual growth, have been shown by scientific and clinical studies and traditional practices to be beneficial to the health and well-being of individuals and communities in addressing these conditions,” it states.

Psilocybin mushrooms are currently considered a Schedule 1 narcotic by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

However, psilocybin – the main chemical component of the mushrooms – was designated as a “breakthrough therapy” by the FDA in 2019 due to the positive results of psilocybin in treating depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mental health problems.

Studies have also shown how a microdose of psilocybin—far from the level needed for a full-blown trip—actually increases the creativity and empathy of participants.

Other researchers have also found that psilocybin has provided effective help to patients struggling to quit other addictive substances such as cigarettes.

The newfound recognition of psilocybin therapy as a valid treatment has eroded old stereotypes of psilocybin as some intoxicating and hallucination-inducing party drug that drives its users insane – a reputation that largely grew out of the hippie counterculture of the 1960s when they were widely known as “psychedelic” or “magic” mushrooms.

The resolution further notes that entheogenic plants have been the basis of spiritual practices by human cultures for thousands of years, yet those who seek them for the sake of improving their health and wellbeing must risk arrest and prosecution to obtain them.

“Decriminalization of naturally occurring medicines is necessary for progress,” councilmember Jeff Hayner said in a press release from DNA2 last week, reports Detroit Metro Times. “We can no longer turn a blind eye towards the wisdom of indigenous peoples, and the bounty the earth provides. I have been moved by the testimonies of those who have found profound relief from the use of entheogenic plants.”

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