The Simulacrum

Simulation: A painter draws a horse that is so real that it cannot be distinguished from a hourse


  • During the media “explosion of events”, any event has a “contra-positive”
  • Every event is staged (eg. war is reduced to TikTok, Instagram, or news)
  • The line between marketing, news and truth is impossible to discern (eg. Sylvester Stallone is in the hall of fame of boxing)
  • Reality becomes the hyper-real
  • The signs of disaster are pictures to be consumed
  • The media create copies: non-events that are easily digested
  • We become complicit in disinformation campaigns, we enjoy deception
  • We dictate the screen, are the editor, and subscriber
  • If we search long enough we will believe in any event as truth


  • Did you lose contact with reality?
  • Isn’t writing already a virtual reality?
  • Everything conceals nothing

Introduction from “Then and Now

  • What is the Real?
  • Abstracts for exchange
  • “The Shift”
  • The recycling of lost ideas (Jogging instead of walking)

Almost Weekly (05/22) – Update – News on Artificial Intelligence, Star-Trek-Talks, A series on Pike: Strange New Worlds, Badiou

AI – Video (from Digital Engine):

  • Can generate realistic Images of humans
  • GoogleAI can understand and explain jokes now (better than GPT-3)
  • OpenAI can create images from text descriptions
  • Can change images according to your description
  • AI is better than human artists creating art in seconds
  • AI creating comics
  • AI can bring photos to life
  • can take photos and create maps from it

Video talks more about: machine advancements, automation, robotaxis, are we approaching “the age of abundance”

“the future is here, it is not equally distributed”

A Comparison between Star Trek Discovery and Star Trek – Next Generation

Pike (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds)

Bible-Man (basically Jesus was already a super hero fantasy)

Badiou – Being and Event, Documentary and Reading

Christopher Nolan

The Missing Key to Understanding Christopher Nolan (Source:

What is the ideology of Nolan’s movies?

  • Non-chronological movies
  • Characters are engaged in deception
  • Characters cannot obtain knowledge of objective reality
  • “Reality is constructed in our mind” It is subjective
  • Our memory is a collection of notes and ideas
  • Embrace the existential meaning of our subjectivity
  • “We have to live as if some things are true” a Kierkegaardian “leap of faith”
  • Acknowledgment of beliefs allows to look inwards

How Nolan writes (Source:

  • A Story that is a labyrinth
  • Cross-Cutting: Shepard Effect utilized from music, a corkscrew effect, a continuing rise (Inter-cutting Scenes)
  • Scene-Geography
  • Doesn’t use zoom-lenses, changes performances
  • Real locations (the texture of real life)

Death of a Star

  • Celebrities are nowadays more accessible, thus more human
  • The status of being a star is levelled?
  • Social Media celebrates the normal people
    People who have no skills and accidentally became famous
    Everyone could do it
  • See Colin and Samir

“I am a Brain in a Vat”

Why does the sentence have to be false?

Putnam’s Argument

  • Can we say: “Brains in a Vat”?
  • The idea causes a contradiction: We can only be brains in the vat within in the current simulation
  • Thus, the sentence does not represent reality but represents whatever is in the simulation
  • It follows that we are not brains in a vat


Does from that follow that we are not exposed to another form of exposure?

Speed Cleaning

General Rule: 10-Minutes-Cleaning every day should be enough to have a clean house

Motivational Cleaning Video

Speed Cleaning Tipps

  • “Time is a non-renewable resource”
  • Clean in an S-Shape
  • Use a flashlight to check for crumbs
  • Don’t clean surfaces twice

  • Get a clean-up-basket with items
  • Spray things, let it soak, do other things, then clean
  • First tidy up, then clean
  • Clean from top to bottom
  • Set a 15 Minute Timer

  • Set a timer
  • Spray first, wipe from top to buttom

For Professional Amateurs:


  • Get a cleaning apron
  • Get bigger sponges and bigger mops

How to Mop

How to put on Clean Gloves (Looking for a hack)

  • I need answers for that one

Imaginary Objects (Meinong)


  1. Absistence – Anything you can think about (“Meinong’s Jungle”)
  2. Subsistence – things like numbers – just that in the physical world
  3. Existence – empirical world things

Universes of Discourse

  • “you’re holding your mind an incredible number of propositions that are specific to different universes and figuring out exactly what would be true if those universes were combined”