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The Book of Reality: A Hypothetical

Postby San Lumen » Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:18 pm

This a meme that makes the rounds now and then on Facebook and I thought it would make for a interesting hypothetical.

Your walking in the park when you come across a mysterious book lying on the ground called the Book of Reality. You sit down on the bench and open it to the first page.

It says: This is The Book of Reality. Anything written in this book will happen exactly as written with a few exceptions.

This book cannot be used to kill anyone. It cannot be used for criminal activity and It cannot be used to bring people back from the dead.

Im not sure if I'd want that kind of power. I worry if I'd be corrupted by it. Though I suppose to test it I'd use it to make the pandemic end, restore tens of millions of acres of forest and bring back species that have gone extinct or on the verge of extinction. I'd probably hide it after that so no one else could have such power.

Would you use this book? If so what for? If not why?
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Postby The New California Republic » Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:26 pm

Lol my mind went to some really dirty places when thinking about what this could be used for.
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Postby Dominioan » Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:30 pm

Probably the basic stuff. World peace, cures for diseases, abundant clean energy, more jobs, cheap space travel.

If for more personal things, then probably make myself less ugly and maybe increase my talent in art and sports
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Postby The Holy Therns » Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:31 pm

If there's no crime, murder or would-be overlords, what the hell does this book have to do with reality?
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Postby San Lumen » Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:32 pm

The Holy Therns wrote:If there's no crime, murder or would-be overlords, what the hell does this book have to do with reality?

Really? There are countless other things you could do with it.

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Postby Knica Eas » Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:40 pm

San Lumen wrote:This book cannot be used to kill anyone. It cannot be used for any criminal activity or to cause mass destruction. It also cannot be used to make yourself supreme overlord of the universe or anything of the sort on a lesser scale.


These rules are ill-defined. I would first use it in the most narrow and focused way possible to gain a complete and accurate understanding of the exact scope.

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Postby Heloin » Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:04 pm

So this book can really only be used for rent, sexy things, and like getting a milkshake. I’m not seeing any disadvantages not to use it.

Edit: reading the full op I’m confused on what I can and can’t do with the smut book.
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Postby Free Las Pinas » Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:08 pm

Heloin wrote:So this book can really only be used for rent, sexy things, and like getting a milkshake. I’m not seeing any disadvantages not to use it.

Edit: reading the full op I’m confused on what I can and can’t do with the smut book.

[okay this is weird, quoted right after you edited, and I got confused as to where “smut book” came from. Thanks for the edit tag]

Anyway, I don’t understand what this book does. It allows you to do anything, minus being an overlord, even on a lower scale. Essentially, you can’t do anything, since magically getting a milk shake, dirty stuff, etc, is kinda being an overlord on a lower scale.
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Postby Xmara » Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:16 pm

After ending the pandemic, bringing about world peace, and ending world hunger, poverty, and climate change, I’d probably then use it for some more frivolous stuff, like giving myself the perfect body and maybe some magic powers while I’m at it.
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Postby Big Jim P » Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:58 pm

I would use it to remove all the fluffy pink happy little illusions people live with and force everyone to see the stark reality of existence.

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Postby Picairn » Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:59 pm

Xmara wrote:After ending the pandemic, bringing about world peace, and ending world hunger, poverty, and climate change, I’d probably then use it for some more frivolous stuff, like giving myself the perfect body and maybe some magic powers while I’m at it.

Also bring human civilization into a sci-fi futuristic utopia. Then I'll join in the efforts to colonize new planets and galaxies. Gotta be an interesting adventure.
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Postby Ors Might » Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:06 pm

Man, I’d just write for certain things to grow or to be able to summon a thousand dollars cash with a snap of my fingers.
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Postby San Lumen » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:09 pm

Knica Eas wrote:
San Lumen wrote:This book cannot be used to kill anyone. It cannot be used for any criminal activity or to cause mass destruction. It also cannot be used to make yourself supreme overlord of the universe or anything of the sort on a lesser scale.


These rules are ill-defined. I would first use it in the most narrow and focused way possible to gain a complete and accurate understanding of the exact scope.

How are they ill defined?

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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:13 pm

I'll make myself Jotaro Kujo and proceed to beat the shit out of every punk ass piece of shit in my town. And when the cops come I'll just turn them into rabbits.

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Postby Valrifell » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:16 pm

I'd just probably write in ice cream sandwiches whenever I want an ice cream sandwich. I'm not that big of a thinker.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:19 pm

I'd turn Donald Trump's money into dust like Thanos snapped it.
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Postby San Lumen » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:19 pm

Valrifell wrote:I'd just probably write in ice cream sandwiches whenever I want an ice cream sandwich. I'm not that big of a thinker.

How boring. You have the power to bend reality to your will and that's all you'd do? After doing what i laid out in the OP I give myself the physique of a fitness model.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:30 pm

Wow... what an AMAZING thing!

Can I use it to make Witch Queen Annie and other characters of mine real?

How about make it rain jelly beans on the 30th of every month?

Oh! Oh! Now THIS would be cool. What if I used the book to turn all weekends from 2 days to 3 days?

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Postby San Lumen » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:47 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:Wow... what an AMAZING thing!

Can I use it to make Witch Queen Annie and other characters of mine real?

How about make it rain jelly beans on the 30th of every month?

Oh! Oh! Now THIS would be cool. What if I used the book to turn all weekends from 2 days to 3 days?

in theory yes

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Postby Albrenia » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:50 pm

Well, playing miracle worker would be fun. Just going from place to place with the book, curing people's terminal illnesses and troubles, never speaking up about it being me doing it with the book.

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Postby Punished UMN » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:55 pm

Firstly, I'd test it by trying to get love, and then go forth on a political programme.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:04 pm

I'd turn Rush Limbaugh into an ugly ass Chihuahua. Let's see how that goes.
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Postby The Free Joy State » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:16 pm

Well, I don't see any downsides to using it, so, okay...

I would find a vaccine for the pandemic, and restore the financial security of those who lost it due to the pandemic and general governmental mismanagement, then I would go on a general programme of relief works to lift the poorest in society out of poverty, and improve education (including political education) internationally.

Then, it's party time.
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Postby Rusozak » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:19 pm

Restrictions to the power? Easy work around for that.

Step 1. Draw the Infinity Gauntlet in the book.

Step 2. Wait for it to become real.

Step 3. Profit.
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