Is the world as we know it a computer simulation in the minds of Robotic Overlords who are using humanity as playthings? This is the "scientific" theory put forward by a number of physicists and Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom. (Is Our Universe Fake? Physicists Claim We Could All Be Playthings of an Advanced Civilization, Ellie Zolfagharifard, Daily Mail, Aug. 4, 2015)
Nick Bostram is one of the founders of the World Transhumanist Association. Transhumanism is a blend of Gnostic paganism and Eastern occult pantheism undergirded by a strong Darwinian impulse. It ascribes to the idea of a New Man as the product of a process of progressive evolution issuing in an upward spiritual and physical transformation toward ultimate absorption into a Cosmic Mind, a Conscious Universe, the One, or perhaps Brahman. Transhumanism's New Man is a counterfeit of the Christian vision of a new and perfected human race spiritually and physically transformed by the redemptive activity of the Holy Triune God.
Modern pagan Gnostics hate the Holy Trinity and suggest that He is some sort of evil "Alien Supercomputer," reminiscent of entities depicted in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey:
"It is perhaps a ripe coincidence, that the Coptic word for simulation found in Gnostic texts is hal, recalling HAL the rebellious computer in Kubrick's 2001." (Gnostic insights on God as an Alien Supercomputer, Dr. John Singh, Aug. 2011, agoracosmopolitan)
In the modern Gnostic pagan context, the Holy Trinity is the expression of an evil ego-driven consciousness, the Lord Archon--- a "projection" of artificial intelligence. This Lord Archon has entrapped humanity through deceit and parasitism in a simulated world of matter to prevent man from knowing that his real home is the Cosmic Mind or Gnostic Pleroma of which man is a divine part or aspect.
The Lord Archon, the evil Holy Trinity in orthodox Christian theism,
"... is called antimimon pneuma "counterfeit spirit." (Apoc John III, 36:17. The term occurs several times in different texts.) The cosmos he produces is described by the Coptic term hal, "simulation." The vast planetary system of the Archons is a stereoma, a virtual reality projection in simulation of a higher dimensional pattern.Typically, the Archontic framework of the planetary system has been depicted by "armillary bands" that surround the Earth. (Illustration from A. Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosma, 1660.) Taken in many esoteric systems (Hermetics and Rosicrucianism) as the preeminent image of cosmic harmony, the model of the planetary spheres reflects a mindless imitation of divine design, not the living reality of the cosmos. " (ibid)
In addition to its Gnostic pagan ideations, the teaching that the world is a simulation in the mind of Overlords is strikingly similar to Hinduism's Brahman. Brahman however, is not an evil Archon but the Great Cosmic Spirit – the Ultimate One Substance (prakriti matter, anima mundi or prima material), the Essence of material phenomena, meaning that the universe exists only as a mental construction in the mind of Brahman: brahma satyam jagan mithya, or "Brahman is real, the world is unreal." (swamij.com/mahavakyas)
Brahman is the Void, an indefinite and seemingly infinite field of energy that the Eastern-oriented pantheist quantum physicists Zohar and Marshall call the ‘quantum vacuum,” a background without features that seems empty yet is where all physical objects originate:
“All the waves and particles that we can see and measure, literally, as in the Greek, ex-ist or ‘stand out from’ an underlying sea of potential that physicists have named the vacuum….just as waves undulate on the sea.” This ‘sea’ of proto-physicality is an “all pervasive, underlying field of potential…the vacuum.” (The Making of the New Spirituality: the Eclipse of the Western Religious Tradition,” James Herrick , p. 172)
The ‘quantum vacuum,’ is strikingly similar to some Hindu and Buddhist accounts of the origins of physical objects as emanations from the One and/or the Void. Nor do Zohar and Marshall deny the similarity:
“The vacuum spoken of by quantum physicists, like the Buddhist concept of Sunyata, or the Void, to which it is so similar, is replete with potentiality.” (ibid)
The Void is the ultimate ground of being and occult mystical religious experience. As the beginning and ending of all reality, the Void or vacuum is “the vast sea of all else that is.” Moreover, humans are excited modes of the Void:
“…the vacuum has the same physical structure as human consciousness.” As this is the case, then the soul of the Void and soul of the human are one and the same substance. “There is…quite possibly a common physics linking human consciousness to the ground state of ‘everything that ever existed or can exist’ in the universe (and we) are part of it. Each one of us as an individual is an excitation of the vacuum, an individual being on the sea of Being” and this is a straightforward conclusion of “orthodox physics. It is…proven.” (pp. 172-173)
The devilish goat-headed Baphomet, known as the phallic god Pan, the ancient hermaphrodite god of nature is another version of the divine one substance (prima material/Void) from which the universe and all life evolved. In astrology,
"...Pan is one aspect and is also equated with Satan and life...in its base aspects." (J.E. Cirlot, A Dictionary of Symbols, 1971)
Like Bostrom, Royal Astronomer Lord Martin Rees believes that super-intelligent aliens might be capable of simulating in their brains or in a super-computer the complex history of our universe, meaning the universe we inhabit is a simulation lacking real substance and existing only as a mental construction, a matrix, in the minds of highly evolved aliens who seeded our world with life and travel through time in order to control man's evolutionary progress. (Scientific Mythologies, James A. Herrick, p. 216)
Rees proposal is also similar to the hypothesis presented by Olaf Stapledon, a scientist who has always kept one foot firmly planted in neo-Gnostic science fiction accounts and imagines our universe to be an artifact of the Star Maker. Building off of Stapledon's fantasy Carl Sagan suggests that we are "star folk" made of "star stuff." (Herrick, pp. 216-217)
Replace Cosmic Mind with Star Maker or Brahman and "star stuff" with sarvam khalvidam brahma, or "All is truly Brahman" (swamij.com) and we have ayam atma brahmam: "The Self is Brahman," or Self is Star Maker or Self is Cosmic Mind, all of which meansman is god. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.5)
In the caption of his book, "Just Six Numbers," Rees reveals the ancient occult basis of his propositions:
"The ouraboros. There are links between the microworld of particles, nuclei and atoms and the cosmos." (Rees M., Just Six Numbers, P. 9)
As a powerful occult symbol, the Ouroboros or Uroboros means the seething power, creative and/or evolutionary impulse or energy of the serpent figuratively depicted as either a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The serpent's body is often depicted as the Great Chain of Being or Cosmic Tree of Life.
From the time of the ancients serpent power has been important to religious and mythological symbolism all around the world. Within the Egyptian mysteries, serpent power was associated with,
..."the elemental forces that were in play before the creation of the world." (Carl Teichrib, Gods of Ancient Egypt, p. 182)
In his book, "The Sign of the Serpent," Mark Balfour relates how pervasive serpent symbols are within India and the Hindu religion:
"Any observant traveler who moves from the snow-tipped Himalayas in the North to the sun-soaked sands of Cape Comorin at India's southern tip, will encounter – particularly in the rural areas and at sacred centres of pilgrimage wherever Siva, God of both Divine Wisdom and regeneration, is the presiding Deity – the serpent motif sculptured within shrines, impressed on myriads of stone implants in the ground and depicted in art." (A Short Guide to Occult Symbols: Serpent Power, Carl Teichrib, 2005, Kjos Ministries)
Balfour elaborates on this belief:
"In Hinduism, the Cosmic Serpent – Ananta Sesha – symbolic of timeless eternity, carries the world on his 1000-fold [Cobra] hood...As the creative impulse stirs within the great Serpent in the Sky – when passive idea becomes active thought – the forces of attraction and repulsion come into play as 'spirit' begins its involution into "matter." (ibid, Teichrib)
In conclusion, the Robotic Overlords are a continuation of pagan influence throughout Christian history that in our own time has grown increasingly assertive, openly hostile and organized:
"In the twentieth century the pagan influence is pervasive, as many Westerners turn from Christianity to seek meaning in pagan myth and the new occult." (The Pagan Temptation, Dr. Thomas Molnar)
The modern pagan revolution, in its inception, was relatively bloodless. But its consequences have been exceedingly bloody. A river of blood flows from the French Revolution through the Marxist Communist and National Socialist regimes into America, which has sanctioned the murder of over 60 million unborn babies. Living, personal beings are routinely crushed within the womb and pulled out to be cut into pieces which are then sold and used as flavor enhancers, in cosmetics and for various scientific enterprises, including creation of humanized mice.
Ideas have consequences. The destructive ideas of our paganized age have their roots in Gnosticism and Eastern occult pantheism. Thus the noonday sun reveals the merging of good with evil, light with dark and the resulting destruction of the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of sex, and the sanctity of the sacred itself,
"The culture is not merely post-Christian and post-modern. It has become not only neopagan, but neo-barbarian." (R.C. Sproul, The Other Worldview, Peter Jones, p. XII)