New Quantum App Will Make You Wonder: “Do We Live in a Simulation??”

Fun Fact: Did you know there are three free, public access quantum computers in America?

The first app I’ve ever downloaded that harnesses the power of these prodigious machines is called Randonautica. The app uses IBM’s quantum computers to generate a random location near you. It gets kinda wild from there.

The talk at the office watering hole is that the app “reads your mind” and sends you to a location related to whatever your intention was when you hit Go. There are hundreds of unexplained coincidences happening on this thing all over the world. They say the app causes “glitches in the matrix.”

The law of attraction meets GPS

These are some of the stories

Videos for these stories are included at the end of this article 👇:

#1. A guy whose intention was “surprise” was taken to a location where he saw a hang glider come flying out of the sky right in front of him.

#2. A couple whose intention was “something out of place” was taken to a house with a freaky garden gnome placed on the porch

#3. A guy whose intention was “God” was taken to a plaque that said “Mediante Dio” or “Through God.”

Randonautica has a dark side though.

It initially went viral on TikTok after some young users posted a video arriving at a site with human remains in a suitcase. This was not an isolated incident. Other videos can be seen bringing people to what could be seen as sites of cult sacrifices and other … unusual events. The app calls them “anomalies.”

Is It Dangerous?

The Randonautica team is composed of about 9 individuals. The two developers on their team receive anonymous GPS information from your phone that is neither linked to any sensitive information nor is it stored anywhere.

The locations are not manipulated by anybody, so there is no danger of lurkers in the shadows. However, it is strongly recommended that “Randonauts” follow the buddy system.

As a digital nomad living in Bogota, my own experience with Randonautica took me deep within a favela. And yes, we did experience an anomaly. No, we did not get mugged.

Randonauting in the El Dorado barrio of Bogota
Some friends and I went Randonauting

How It Works | Mind-Machine Interface (MMI)

In physics, the “Observer Effect” refers to the theory that observing an object or event alters it. They mention it all the time on Big Bang Theory and other shows.

Randonauting is a particularly adventurous example of this theory within emerging technology.

The strangest version of the “Observer Effect” happens in quantum mechanics. An experiment done in 1998 by the Weizmann institute showed that electrons passing through openings can behave as particles AND waves when not observed, but when a researcher is conscious of their existence and activity, they can ONLY behave as particles.

Today, there are many applied cases of Mind-Machine Interface including Musk’s infamous Neuralink and even mind-controlled drones.

To me, Randonautica is an example of society itself acting as the researcher, in the same way that ASMR became a scientifically validated idea as a direct result of thousands of videos on YouTube that demonstrated its existence and “put it under the microscope”.

Did you know there are three free, public access quantum computers in America? The internet has become the ultimate tool for research. Social experiments like Randonautica can be started by anybody with drive and curiosity

Whether we like it or not, our minds are powerful engines fueled by mysterious juice.

Do We Actually Live in a Simulation Though? WTF. How Real is This?

Do you remember watching sci-fi as a kid and wishing you could have those cool toys? There was Princess Leia’s hologram, Captain Kirk’s 3D printer, and The Jetsons’ flying car … Notice anything funny about these three “impossible technologies?”

They’ve all been invented in the last ten years. Literally all of them.

So is it possible for an app to change its output based on the intentions of the user? If there is one thing we should learn from the 21st century thus far, it’s that anything is possible.

There are about 20 stories of strange coincidences being posted online every day on the Randonautica Reddit community and my own belief is that they can’t all be lying. Whether you believe these accounts or not comes down to your personal philosophy.

If there is one thing we should learn from the 21st century thus far, it’s that anything is possible.

Conclusion

Would you dare to try the app? … Or is it all rubbish?

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What is a Way to Make $331 by Knowing Philosophy

Knowledge of Memetics + Stock trading account = $300+ 🥱💲

For the entire month of March, 2020, the stock market was in the sh*tter. It was a month of uncertainty and fear.

So why on earth, heaven, and hell did I spent $400 as a broke blogger on some shell company I heard about on TikTok? A company that literally had $0 in earnings, by the way.

The answer can be found in philosophy. Laugh all you want, but understanding the concept of memetics is what turned those $400 into $731.

How I Married My Philosophy with the Stock Market

The company I bought into, VectoIQ, was a shell company that literally only had one purpose, to buy another company. It didn’t produce anything valuable by itself. On March 3, it announced it had found its prey. The company it would be purchasing was to be Nikola Motors.

Nobody was actually interested in VectoIQ, but those of us who heard about the merger announcement were very excited about the “prey”.

The philosophy part has to do with what the name of the company is, by the way.

Nikola Motors, aka $NKLA, is one of the first major hydrogen vehicle companies. It has a deal with Anheuser-Busch for 800 zero-emission 18-wheelers. For context, Tesla’s deal with the beer company is only 40 trucks.

In March, I was one of only about 12,000 investors who had heard of the merger deal. The price was only about $10. By the time I bought in May, the trading price for VectoIQ was $20. The price after the merger in July reached $78 per share.

All told, I made $331 in profit.

(It takes 1.5 months for the boy to nut up 😁)

What is My Philosophy and How Did it Make Me $331?

The logic behind my willingness to buy this stock comes down to a branch of philosophy that studies memes. Yes, really.

I first read about this idea in The Game by Neil Strauss. Mystery mentions it in passing at one point while blacked out on a couch in Vegas. It’s called memetics.

Memetics describes how an idea can propagate successfully, but doesn’t necessarily imply a concept is factual.

Wikipedia

Memes are much deeper and more powerful than we realize. As we casually fling cat videos everywhere, we don’t understand that we are actually engaging in a form of cultural natural selection.

What is a meme? It’s a slice of culture that is characterized by reproducing very very effectively. Memes are the cultural equivalent of rats (not casting judgement here. I’m just saying rats can make 1,250 babies in one year)

The Practical Application of Memetics

Since Tesla came on the scene, everyone who knows about the 20th century inventor Nikola Tesla is already associating his name with electric vehicles.

I knew this would mean that another company that makes a similar product to Tesla could easily go viral with a name like Nikola. Turns out, I was right.

Today, NKLA is literally called a meme stock within certain Reddit communities (ahem /r/wsb). They’re not wrong. They just don’t know exactly how right they are.

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Wim Hof and the Rise of Real Life Superpowers

This is going to be a quick post about personal development and life hacking.

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Related people and ideas:

  • Wolf Endurance: Human beings have developed to be able to run without stopping for thousands, yes thousands, of miles. (super stamina)
  • Spider Senses: Some of us can sense things in a useful way that normal people are incapable of. (synesthesia)
  • Eel Immunity: The Wim Hof method is a way for you to gain real life superpowers. Using breathing techniques and the power of the mind, Wim was able to climb Mt. Everest in shirtless and in shorts. (cold tolerance)

Superpowers don’t actually exist … do they?

After seeing Donald Trump become president of the country and seeing Elon Musk name his child X Æ A-12, it is difficult to make the case for what is and isn’t possible. 

Do you know how your unconscious works? This is the powerful mechanism for unlocking every one of the three real-life superpowers in this article.

Sadly, most people have no idea how their subconscious works or how to make friends with it.

The subconscious is always in your thoughts, whether you like it or not.

John Harold

Your unconscious mind is basically like an app for your brain that extracts and packages enormous chunks of memory, feelings, and intuition instantly. It warms them up. Then, much like Toaster Streudel™, it pops out a fresh, hot answer to life’s questions.

These questions can be as mundane as “how much milk should I drink with this pastry?” or as complex as “should I ask her to marry me?”

One example of a guy with a great relationship with his subconscious

Joshua Waitzkin is a master unconscious (-er?).

He was 16 years old when he received the title of International Chess Master. He is also a Tai Chi world champion and the inspiration for the book “Chasing Bobby Fischer.” More than anything else though, Josh is a bold bold lifehacker. 

Take, for example, his claim that he translates the essence of chess into the language of Tai Chi.

The most exciting thing about former chess prodigies like Josh is the thought that their superpowers could somehow be obtainable. Science can explain genius. One way it arises is through a condition called synesthesia.

What is synesthesia?

This is when your senses get jumbled together and you “smell” a color or “taste” a sound. It happens with brains that have above average neural connections. 

This dramatic trait that is more common than you might imagine. Billie Eilish has it.

Stevie Wonder could SEE his music, despite being blind

Waitzkin and Stevie Wonder might seem like geniuses of unattainable magnitude to us, but their genius is actually explainable by modern science and replicable by normies like you and me.

Waitzkin says he doesn’t even like the word prodigy! He claims we can all harness incredible superpowers if we just learn to learn. 

The internet has proven Waitzkin right. It might sound like science fiction, but normal human beings can run marathons in the Arctic like Wim Hof and hone their ability to see music like Stevie Wonder.

Don’t question it too much. For all intents and purposes, these are examples of real-life superpowers.

Conclusion: 3 real life human superpowers

In conclusion, you and everybody around you has access to superpowers if

In the 2020s, planning a trip to Mars is less naive than believing humans are never getting there. The superpowers in this article have been used and practiced by human beings for thousands of years. It is only our own Western culture that is getting to know them for the first time thanks to the interference of the internet. 

The internet has created obsessive self-improvers like myself, and it has enabled us to hunt down the blueprints to eye-popping things like memory palaces and synesthesia.

‘Memory palaces’ are also worth a quick Google search, by the way.

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Dwight from The Office is a Philosopher IRL

“Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth … Love is as love does. Love is an act of will. Love is a choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.” – from The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson

Dwight Schrute’s real name is Rainn Wilson. I found out about Schrute’s brainy alter ego after stumbling upon Rainn’s talk at Google.

Rainn calls himself a “multi-nerd” — that’s the genre of nerd who participates in computer club as well as model U.N. and band. He is a believer in ghosts, God, and having fun.

Hearing the talk, I got the impression that Rainn’s parents were almost certainly West Coast hippies. Then I read his book, The Bassoon King …

Who is Rainn Wilson?

Rainn is the son of two OG West Coast hippies who came within one parallel universe of naming him Lord Byron Wilson. So … yeah.

He made his film debut in Galaxy Quest (1999). In 2005, he was cast as Dwight Schrute in The Office, a role he played (sublimely) until the series finale in 2013.

His friend and real-life Jim, Will Eno, calls his first book, Soul Pancake, a very gentle game of truth-or-dare.

Soul Pancake came out in 2010 as a kind of companion to Rainn’s internet brand. The accompanying YouTube channel has more than 1 million subscribers and seeks to make philosophy and spirituality less … well, boring.

An Eccentric Fellow

Like Dwight, Rainn is an eccentric fellow with a love for the outdoors. Rainn had a wild childhood. He lived in Nicaragua from the ages of 1-5. During this time, he had a pet sloth and got a traumatizing case of tapeworm.

Today, he and his wife own three pitbulls, two potbelly pigs, and a zonkey named Derek.

“My most vivid memory of Nicaragua involved worms coming out of my butthole”

The Bassoon King

Rainn’s earliest years were spent speaking Spanish in a Nicaraguan port town called Bluefields. Yep. His eccentric characters are based on his real life eccentricity.

The music at Bluefields was a Caribbean mash up. Rainn writes about “reggae and dancehall from Jamaica; Calypso and soca from Trinidad; son and salsa from Cuba; and even country and western, which was brought by the American employees of the United Fruit Company.”

Also, don’t freak out, but Rainn’s philosophy sounds like a cult. He and his family subscribe to a smallish religion that started in 1844 called the Bahá’í Faith.

A Spiritual Fellow

Don’t make fun of him! I’m sure being born into a non-major faith has caused him enough trouble, lol.

Anyway, the Baha’i faith sounds like a gentle and tolerant canon. Rainn is one step ahead of those of us who have grown up asking ourselves what is my philosophy of life? The Baha’i call Love the defining power in the universe and don’t go door-to-door unless completely shorted out on toilet paper.

Some of the big answers offered by Baha’i thinking include:

  1. We are not alone in the universe.
  2. You can be friends with Others.
  3. Good means living according to Love.
  4. God exists, and he is chill about the name you call him.

How did Dwight Schrute Help Me Figure Out What is My Philosophy of Life?

With his public-facing spirituality, Rainn’s nonchalant championship of faith makes it a little easier for non-atheist, non-Christian, non-Jewish folks like myself to “come out of the closet” as spiritual people.

That is particularly important for us Gen Zs, since we have little precedent for spirituality in our generation. It’s good to see somebody smart and relatable talk about spirituality on YouTube without sounding like he is pushing some ancient, outdated agenda.

The benefits of spirituality include physical ones such as longevity, less hypertension, and decreased depression.

An explanation for why Dwight freaking Schrute might actually make an impact on how our generation sees spirituality is social proofing.

Social proofing is a concept in psychology that says people will follow the masses. In other words, people see an action as easier and safer if they see others doing it.

Rainn provides precedent for spirituality as somebody who is fun, interesting, smart, and (apparently) satisfied with his life while believing in something beyond science.

Some folks care more about social proofing than others, but it’s hardwired into all of us.

“My dad swears that there were real, actual ghosts in that rickety old house. Every night he would hear this mysterious screeeeee sound, like something scraping the floor, and every morning he would come downstairs to find that the furniture was arranged a bit different. ”

Personally, he makes me more open to believing in the unexplainable, ghosts, for example. I don’t care if science doesn’t partake in a good haunting.

Conclusion – Do You Ever Wonder, “What is My Philosophy?”

To start with, the scientific method is as much of a philosophy as Christianity, so whether you live your life based on faith or science, you are still following a philosophy.

Wilson’s personal tao (or path) hinges on having fun, being open-minded, and expressing your individuality, even if it comes at the cost of being made fun of or missing out on being “normal”.

If you want to know the inner workings of the mind behind Dwight Schrute, you can find his second book The Bassoon King on Amazon.

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