The simulation assumption is ancient, though, and shows how integrated this transcendent view of virtual reality is with spiritual beliefs, especially Gnostic and Eastern religious beliefs. The Hindus called virtual reality, Maya, and believed that it, too, had internal, external, and transcendent qualities. Maya was a veil of consciousness between Brahman and Atman (dual aspects of the unitary godhead), as well as the projected external world. So, are current virtual reality technologies just tools to discover and transcend the programmed reality?
VIRTUAL REALITY: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=virtual%20reality
Via Sakis Koukouvis