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Deciphering Reality

Simulations, Tests, and Designs

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Benjamin B. Olshin

In Deciphering Reality: Simulations, Tests, and Designs, Benjamin B. Olshin takes a problem-based approach to the question of the nature of reality. In a series of essays, the book examines the detection of computer simulations from the inside, wrestles with the problem of visual models of reality, explores Daoist conceptions of reality, and offers possible future directions for deciphering reality.

The ultimate goal of the book is to provide a more accessible approach, unlike highly complex philosophical works on metaphysics, which are inaccessible to non-academic readers, and overly abstract (and at times, highly speculative) popular works that offer a mélange of physics, philosophy, and consciousness.
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Lost Knowledge

The Concept of Vanished Technologies and Other Human Histories

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Lost Knowledge: The Concept of Vanished Technologies and Other Human Histories examines the idea of lost knowledge on a deep time scale — indeed, back to a period between myth and history. In particular, it investigates a peculiar idea found in a number of early texts: that there was knowledge of sophisticated technologies, with knowledge that became obscured over time or was destroyed with the civilization that had created it. The book presents critical studies of a series of early Chinese, Greek, and other texts that treat the idea of specific “lost” technologies, such as mechanical flight and the transmission of images. This study also examines why such ideas about a vanished “golden age” were so prevalent in so many cultures.