From Systems Theory:
Extending the concept of an observer or eye as the major definitive concept, perhaps there is a sophisticated instrument like a microscope between the source of reality and the physical matter.
In this case, existence (or at least our own limited experience) takes the form of a 'petri dish': A swarm of two-dimensional colors which ultimately mean nothing other than an explanation to the 'scientific eye' that lies beyond the microscope.
The scientist need not be a God. He might even be a human being. All of life is exaggerated to give the appearance of fairness, and to serve as an interesting explanation to the concealed scientist. It is the simplest principle: the explanation that 'explanation' is the only ultimate explanation, but has no inherent form. Beyond the petri dish, reality ends.
Indeed, any number of other realities might also be petri dishes, although they would also be equally simplistic. For example, an occult game might be played with words that in the end prove to be lies. And the words might be two-dimensional like a petri dish.
In this modality, the greatest transcendence is simply to make believe one is a child, and that the scientist-god has given birth to reason. Life may be objective, but there is no immediate promise of a world beyond the petri dish.
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