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''Glitches in the Matrix'' / ''we live in a video game''

#1  Postby WiggleHead » Apr 28, 2018 10:00 pm

Hi RS, I'm going to start off with a general debunking thread I don't think has been posted before so here goes.

I don't know why I'm seeing so many stories about ''glitches in the Matrix'', but in 2018 it seems like this is the next 'popular thing'. Glitches in the Matrix stories always involve the laws of physics being broken in some way, and is thus used as evidence that we live in a poxxy, bug-ridden videogame.

The stories usually involve the OP saying that multiple people at once witnessed these 'glitches', for example, here is one where OP said their friend teleported like a bad jump cut and other people witnessed it - https://www.reddit.com/r/Glitch_in_the_ ... it_happen/

This one seems very stupid and cliche, where everyone else near a busy shopping store was frozen in time, including his parents, but him and his brother were spared - https://www.reddit.com/r/Glitch_in_the_ ... st_matrix/

Other stories involve things such as people walking three feet in front of them popping out of existence without a single sound, flash of light or explosion.
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#2  Postby Cito di Pense » Apr 29, 2018 3:19 am

WiggleHead wrote:I don't know why I'm seeing so many stories about ''glitches in the Matrix'', but in 2018 it seems like this is the next 'popular thing'.


I'm not seeing "so many" of these stories. Perhaps this is because I don't read reddit threads unless I've been sent there by some other research I'm doing. I guess one could do research on the numbers of these stories by searching for "glitches in the Matrix" using a search engine. Coincidences are another way for people to magnify the significance of the "next popular thing".

Stories are so easy to dispense with, because they're just stories, as opposed, you know, to data. The internet has led to a vast increase in the numbers of stories available for people to read freely with nothing more in their possession than a device and a WiFi access code.

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#3  Postby SafeAsMilk » Apr 29, 2018 3:30 am

I do bum around on Reddit, and I haven't really noticed it as a thing. Then again, I tend to glaze over once it becomes clear no actual evidence is forthcoming. There's nothing to debunk.

What's your interest in it, WiggleHead? And welcome to the forum!
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#4  Postby fluttermoth » Apr 29, 2018 8:20 am

I'm aware of the 'Glitch in the Matrix' tales, but I don't recall them being more popular this year than any other.

The Fortean Times message board (of which I am a very proud member!) has had a thread on that sub Reddit active since 2012, so it's nothing new.

FWIW, I don't think there's anything truly weird going on, just misperception, faulty memory, possibly hallucination and, certainly, a lot of hoaxing, but I do find it fascinating :)
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#5  Postby Calilasseia » Apr 29, 2018 11:45 am

Funny how these purported 'failures' of the laws of physics are never observed by actual physicists ... or in properly equipped laboratories ...
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#6  Postby Hermit » Apr 29, 2018 11:49 am

Calilasseia wrote:Funny how these purported 'failures' of the laws of physics are never observed by actual physicists ... or in properly equipped laboratories ...

Quite. Those "glitches" remind me of reports of "miracles" of yore.
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#7  Postby Mr. Skeptic » Aug 24, 2018 11:35 pm

It's nothing more than a metaphysical theory. That's it. It can only be believed and not know. Any of proposed evidence for this thing can be dismissed with Occam's Razor, and be left at that. The only real application for this theory at all is that for theology, in which God does not need to be a logically impossible being, but rather simply a programmer, no more competent than a human.
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#8  Postby Mr. Skeptic » Aug 24, 2018 11:38 pm

Calilasseia wrote:Funny how these purported 'failures' of the laws of physics are never observed by actual physicists ... or in properly equipped laboratories ...


Dunning Kruger.
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#9  Postby Wheelspawn » Sep 07, 2018 7:41 pm

If life truly is a video game, I don't care about metaphysical implications and all that nonsense. I just want the cheat codes.
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#10  Postby Animavore » Sep 07, 2018 8:10 pm

So is The Matrix the new Capricorn One?
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#11  Postby GrahamH » Sep 07, 2018 9:51 pm

Animavore wrote:So is The Matrix the new Capricorn One?


Wasn't that The Truman Show?

Both fake sets in a real world though. The Matrix is a different sort of 'fake'
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#12  Postby Animavore » Sep 07, 2018 10:08 pm

GrahamH wrote:
Animavore wrote:So is The Matrix the new Capricorn One?


Wasn't that The Truman Show?

Both fake sets in a real world though. The Matrix is a different sort of 'fake'


Capricorn One is a movie about a fake moon landing. A coupke of decades later it seeps intl the public conscious where it becomes 'real'.

Now this.
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#13  Postby GrahamH » Sep 08, 2018 6:12 am

Animavore wrote:
GrahamH wrote:
Animavore wrote:So is The Matrix the new Capricorn One?


Wasn't that The Truman Show?

Both fake sets in a real world though. The Matrix is a different sort of 'fake'


Capricorn One is a movie about a fake moon landing. A coupke of decades later it seeps intl the public conscious where it becomes 'real'.

Now this.


I see what you mean, but didn't Capricorn one mereley reflect an idea rather than create a conspiracy theory?

Just as movies about 911 reflected public incredulity at those events.
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#14  Postby Animavore » Sep 08, 2018 8:44 am

I'm not sure. I don't think so. But maybe.

Another example I can think of is that no one is recorded talking about alien abduction and little green men until after they were invented in fiction.
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#15  Postby GrahamH » Sep 09, 2018 7:29 am

A few details hint that the story was fabricated or imagined, according to Kentaro Mori, a paranormal investigator who blogs at Forgetomori. "If you read Villas Boas' account you may notice the advanced aliens nonetheless used rope ladders — a very adorable detail," Mori wrote in an email. Moreover, "Villas Boas' original sketch of the alien spaceship, with three legs, looks remarkably like the drawings of Sputnik-1, often depicted with three of its four antennas showing. The Sputnik surely was the talk of the time in 1957 when Villas Boas was supposedly abducted — or imagined his story."

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The Villas Boas and Hill cases are both arguably the original inspiration for the untold number of abduction accounts that have followed. The Brazilian farmer's alleged encounter happened first, but the Hills' story was the first (by a matter of months) to enter collective consciousness.

Either way, both incidents were themselves prompted by the surging belief in UFOs across Western cultures at the dawn of the Space Age. For the first time in history, humanity was looking to the stars and perceiving them as not so far away.


https://www.livescience.com/20250-alien ... igins.html


It seems reasonable to suppose that the extraordinary real world events of the space race inspired the imagination of a few who made the news, rather than it being started by an overt work of fiction.
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#16  Postby Hermit » Sep 09, 2018 9:41 am

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#17  Postby GrahamH » Sep 11, 2018 8:03 pm

There were lots of UFO sightings in 52, as the chart shows, including the "invasion of washington"

What work of fiction started that?
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#18  Postby newolder » Sep 11, 2018 8:34 pm

I'd guess it wasn't fiction but enhanced paranoia.
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#19  Postby LucidFlight » Sep 11, 2018 10:20 pm

Have you ever bumped a VR sensor and shifted your proprioception by a couple of centimetres? That can be a tad off-putting.
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