The Eight (Four) Layers of the Universe

Dear All,

Please don’t be shocked. This posting will be about some philosophy.

This is not a blog posting about science of nature, nor about science of technology, it could even be interpreted as a religious posting.

Hence, this posting is a temporary contradiction (let’s say an exception according to Heisenberg) to my principle about keeping this blog an agnostic blog.

If you cannot accept this, then please ignore this posting 🙂 .

Dear Reader!

Perhaps this blog is not the right place for a discussion about soul/body/mind/spirit, but I have to say that I’m a programmer and therefore I am keen to layer any system – from top to bottom – it’s an occupational disease of us programmers.

Thus it happened to me that I once had an idea about layering the whole universe.

Since we already learn in basic training that the Internet is broken down into 5 layers, namely in

  • application layer (L5),
  • transport layer (L4),
  • network layer (L3),
  • logical link layer (L2) and
  • bit transmission layer (L1),

and because I was a bit concerned with virtual worlds in my hobby, one day it “happened” to me that I had the following thoughts:

  1. Let’s assume I operated a robot using a VR headset and VR controllers.
  2. So I would “take on the role” of the robot (which I call ‘Real Life Avatar (RLA)’) “through” a virtual reality (which I call ‘Personal Scene Instance (PSI)’).
    • The robot’s electronic eyes would become “my remote eyes”
    • The robot’s arms, hands, legs and feet would become “my remote limbs”
    • and so on
    • generally spoken: the robot (RLA) would provide me some “remote senses and skills (rSaSk)” via the Internet and via the PSI (and via the “User Interface (UI)” of the PSI)
  3. Wouldn’t we call this “Tele Presence” or, maybe, “Indirect Reality“?
    • Tele Presence = I am present “in a remote way” (as seen by others)
    • Indirect Reality = The reality is present “in a remote way” (as seen by me)
  4. Wouldn’t this look as follows, if we drew the layers and the entities?
Figure 1: Indirect Reality / Telepresence

That is why I have drawn four entities in figure 1.

First, there is the person who has inherited and learned their “mind” and their “senses and skills” (SaSk) throughout life and thus is now able to “understand” and “grasp” the universe, respectively, in a more or less correct way.

The Real Life Avatar (RLA, i.e. the robot) and the Personal Scene Instance (PSI, i.e. the VR headset and the VR controllers, controlled by a personal computer) are the second and the third entity in this figure. They will provide the person with “Remote Senses and Skills” (rSaSk) via the “User Interface” (UI).

Since person+PSI and RLA are sometimes located in places far away from each other, the Internet is usually in between.

Why am I repeating myself?

This repetition serves to make it credible that the idea of ​​”Layer -1″ (see the tenth booklet “Vom Leben” at – German language),

which I will come back to in a moment, was not “brain-born” but came about “naturally”.

How to get from the Concept of “Identity” to “Layer -1”.

We explained that the concept of “identity” does not necessarily result from physical laws (I do not repeat this arguement here).

Consequently, “Layer 0” in Figure 1 is – provisionally – drawn as a continuous layer without boundaries between the entities. The laws of physics do NOT mandate a specific demarcation of entities.

On the contrary, we know from the concept of “modeling” that people intuitively draw the boundaries of the system and boundaries within the system before they begin to formulate physical laws.

Is this demarcation of entities arbitrary, or is there something like a preferred demarcation? So can one say that one model is “more correct” than another?

The fact that through discussion and persuasion – without using violence – we always find models that are (almost) universally recognized throughout humanity, and also the fact that we dare to do science and technology at all suggests that there are preferred demarcations in physics and in nature, at least in relation to humanity.

So we define a “Layer -1” in which we settle the thing-in-itself according to Immanuel Kant and also the essence or the soul of people.

So in this “Layer -1” the division of the universe into physical objects (and subjects) happens and that’s where everything happens that really, actually, truthfully happens.

So the physics in this PICTURE (and it’s just a PICTURE) is already an INTERPRETATION of reality, it doesn’t describe reality IN ITSELF.

So we now draw our 4 entities from the example (the person (me), the Personal Scene Instance (PSI, i.e. the VR headset and the VR controllers, controlled by a personal computer), the Internet (here a cable) and the Real Life Avatar (RLA, i.e. the robot)) in 8 layers:

Figure 2: Introduction of “Layer -1”

HW means hardware
TII means thing-in-itself (according to Immanuel Kant)

What the person can say about themselves

  1. I am (layer -1)
  2. I am my body (Layer 0)
  3. I am a body with senses and abilities (Layer 1-5)
  4. I am a body with intelligence/mind (Layer 6)

Outlook to the Next Posting

In the next posting, I will try to combine this “theory of SMS (Simple Multiuser Scenes)” – see above – with my “Small religious booklet No. 13” (see, which is called “Models of the Reality” (written in English language).

Have a nice week

Yours Christoph

P.S.: (this text has been taken from the 12th booklet “Geist – Sinne – Körper – Seele” at – German language – and then translated by Google translate)

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SPARK#40 – Chicken and Egg Dilemma

Yesterday, I had an intriguing discussion with my friend Markus S., about an old dilemma of my X3D hobby projects: what comes first? The chicken or the egg?

This dilemma has haunted me since I wrote the following email in 2011, at the x3d-public mailing list:

In that e-mail I compared the “elaborated network sensor concept” of the Web3D Consortium with the egg and the “interest from the telecom industry” with the chicken.

Well, Markus corrected me:

  • The chicken is not only the interest from the telecom industry, but it is “the industry at all” that counts
  • It was not really OK to start the S&P-ARK project on 2022-03-24, but chicken and egg should “come together”. It is NOT the egg that comes first.
  • We should at least wait to create the “society for lifelong collaborating”, until the interest can be counted in Euro or Dollar


Christoph Peter

P.S.: the e-mail thread started with:

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SPARK#39 – The Login Server

Well, I told you that ALPES, the “Experimental Setup of the ALP” is the only planned content of the S&P-ARK project, currently.

We want to perform experiments with an “Application Layer Protocol (ALP)” for the Web3D Network Sensor.

Therefore we plan to implement an “Experimental Login Server Application (ELSA)”.

Last weekend I found the time to draw a little drawing about the architecture of ELSA and I added it to the WIKI page “ELSA” of the S&P-ARK WIKI:

Here the picture as a shortcut (without explanation):

Have a nice week

Yours Christoph

P.S.: in case of any questions, comments, improvement opportunities and so on, please feel free to add a comment. Your e-mail address will never be published.

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SPARK#38 – Vision Defined

Last weekend, I felt free to rename the S&P-ARK project.

Now I am calling it DIGITS/S&P-ARK/ALPES.

This long name will make it clear, that

  1. S&P-ARK is a part of the DIGITS project,
  2. the main content of S&P-ARK is ALPES*).

*) ALPES = Application Layer Protocol, Experimental Setup

Probably, we will call the project by its short name, ALPES, in the future.

Nevertheless, we will continue to use the S&P-ARK repository:, where we also felt free to “define” our vision for reference.

Have a nice week,

Yours Christoph

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SPARK#37 – Project Really Started

Dear all,

At my latest posting, I told you that I had closed the work on the narration “The third child” by 2022-04-15.

Today, 2022-05-14, I can tell you: I have also updated the English translation of the narration for version 1.7 (mostly, I have removed the unnecessary “frame story” and updated the version number).

Narration The Third Child (ttc_v1.7_20220514.pdf)

German version: Das dritte Kind (Drehbuchseite)

This makes me free to focus on the S&P-ARK project.



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SPARK#36 – Project Started

This time I have got two chunks of information for you.

First Chunk of Information

I told you that I planned to finish version 1.7 of the narrative “The third child” by 2022, with the posting DIGITS#17 (

Well, it has not really been finished, but all scenes of the script have been defined and at least been explained by two or three paragraphs of text each:

  • 1. Prologue – finished with version 1.5 (2016) / updated with version 1.7 (2022-04-15)
  • 2. Friendship – finished with version 1.5 (2016)
  • 3.1. The Mission – the true enemy – finished with version 1.6 (2020)
  • 3.2. The Mission – “Läuterung” – defined with version 1.7
  • 3.3. The Mission – “Staffellauf” – defined with version 1.7

Second Chunk of Information

The S&P-ARK project has been started.

Have a nice week


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The Time Has Not Yet Come

for the “Establishment (Errichtung)” of “The Society”.

Well, I have prepared the statutes ( and I have asked two friends, whether they would like to support “The Society” as chairman, secretary or cashier.

However, currently there is not enough interest.

Have a nice week,

Yours Christoph

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Statutes for “The Society”

Dear all,

In my latest posting (see I told you that my co-founders and me, we need still to agree on the statutes of “The Society”, in order to achieve the “Establishment (Errichtung)”, according to Austrian laws.

Now. I have prepared version 0.7 of the statutes, just to have a base for discussion with my co-founders.

Additionally, I felt free to use Google Translate for an (admittedly poor) translation:

The vision of “The Society” (English language) can be found at, as you know.

Have a nice week,

Yours Christoph

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“The Society”

We – my wife, a few friends and me – are currently discussing internally a lot about the idea of the “Society for Lifelong Collaborating” (see also the public discussion at and the imprint at

I revealed my “Hidden Agenda” (I think, everybody knows it 😉 ) to them, at the same instance insisting that “The Society” will be a peaceful, scientific association for the good of all.

According to Austrian laws, the founding of an association happens in two phases:

First, there’s the Establishment (“Errichtung”) of the association.

The establishment is achieved, when the founders agree upon the rules (“Statuten”).

Second, there is the Emergence (“Entstehung”) of the association.

The emergence happens 4 (or 6) weeks, after the establishment has been announced to Austrian administration by the founders, if the administration does not reject the foundation of the association.

I am currently preparing the rules and looking for co-founders.

Have a nice week

Yours Christoph

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The Shareholders of the Dream Factory

These days we had guests, and besides other things we came to discuss about Zuckerberg’s Metaverse.

Well, first we have to admit, there will not be “the” Metaverse, but there will be many metaverses, one from Zuckerberg, others from e.g. Roblox, Nintendo or Match.

This multitudiny of metaverses has seriously torn down our dreams about “the metaverse” as another iteration of “the” Internet.

But what is the difference to – e.g. – Second Life, which was not a great break through several years ago?

Well, you would like to say, the difference is, we have got crypto currencies nowadays, based on the blockchain.

OK, nearly every game has got a game internal currency, nowadays, my son interfered. The improvement is just the currency is “qualitatively better”, when employing the blockchain.

So, I would like to say: the conditio sine qua non is the ability to change the crypto-currency back to real currency, isn’t it?


But, OK, if I like to become shareholder of a business, my first question would be: “WHAT are they doing?”. The answer to the WHAT question gives me an idea about the HOW question: How will they perform in future?

So, WHAT is the metaverse doing?

Short and sweet: they are telling stories. OK, it’s interactive stories, collaborative stories, let’s say modern stories, but it’s still stories, not more and not less.

It’s a modern marketing instrument.

But WHAT do YOU sell?

Well, that’s your problem, isn’t it.

yours Christoph

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