Are there not also games without winnners or losers, just players?
"Finite and Infinite Games", describes the difference.
> But if it's not just a machine, then what is it?
Have you considered that it is a response of the observer?
> I'll accept that we might have 'souls' who sneak into our bodies through
> quantum mechanical effects, but that seems to be the only other option.
Why would you accept something like this?
> > If you have never "been there", you don't really "know" what 100%
> > requires, do you?
> Why? You mean that if I climbed 99% of the way up Mt Everest I'd have no
> idea of how to get to the top or what it would be like up there?
There is a difference between realizing Bliss and climbing Mt. Everest.
How could we possibly entertain such a meaning?
> IMHO near-death experiences are identical to Lilly/Leary/Wilson's
> metaprogramming experiences; you just get there a different way. In
> case your brain is so far from its normal state that you have the
> opportunity to program in significant changes on the way back to
..."back to 'reality'..." ....From 'actuality' ?