Tech Myths: Boosting Reality

Reality Reloaded

Long ago, in a life epoch far, far away, I did a fair amount of religious studies—Western, Eastern, primitive, you name it. Here in the West, we have this tradition that reality is defined by our five senses. We don’t just judge books by their covers—they essentially are their covers. From ancient Greek philosophy comes the entire industry of modern marketing. In the other parts of the world, though, “reality” is a different, more fluid thing. In fact, in some traditions, there is no reality. We are all simply figments, illusions, transitory things forever striving to be free of the delusion all around us. If you want to understand where the Wachowski brothers found the roots behind The Matrix, start with old school Hinduism.

Now you’ll understand why I was drawn to the theme of boosting reality for this week’s episode of tech myths. Who’s to say that what we see is fixed and “real”? Perhaps reality can be...modified.

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First up in this episode, it’s Geeks Gone Wild II, where we return to the mountains and try to boost our otherwise lame cell phone reception with ordinary camp gear. And while we’re on a natural theme, let’s delve into some deep debate on compact fluorescent lighting—how dangerous is it when you boost your mercury levels by busting a bulb? Finally, it’s time for a double-dose of