Are We All Just Part of a Computer Simulation?
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Define 'real' and virtual. We already live in a world in which we tend to perceive TV images as 'more real' than what each of us experiences subjectively. Robert De Niro said he switched on the TV to verify what he just saw from his NY apartment: the collapse of the Twin-Towers. From a historians' perspective (that's what I am) there is something weird about human history, which can't be explained objectively. I already figured that out for myself, and hope to put it in writing sometime in the future, preferably with an expert in quantum physics.
Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:03 AM
Gaurav Gulati said...
Very intriguing take on this theory!
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM
Gaurav Gulati said...
Does it really matter what you think is enough? Cuz for what it's worth, you're just as Real as I am in this simulation and we're both dumbfounded. If there was Proof, we wouldn't be having this conversation right about now.
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:34 PM
Gaurav Gulati said...
I've been open to all concepts and Thoeries and have run into this one every now and then. Here's My Take:
This is a pretty radical theory and the possibility of Superminds is more of less the same as God(s). Or perhaps, Superminds are the Gods, per say. If we Believe that "If there's a creation, there's a creator" and that we're God's creations - Then, that God can very well be the Superminds and "The Simulation" becomes their creation. Of course the existence or non-existence of either can't be proved (Yet!). Many religions might say that We're real and God is real and Superminds theory is bogus cuz most of their Holy Books cite prophecies that have come true - One can debate the statement by the same logic - That this might just also be part of the Simulation - Rules, models, beliefs, methods, systems, functions etc - so that it all seems real to the beings in the simulation. So of course We're Real - For our world, WE ARE!). But some intriguing questions arise:
How would you explain the existence of Dark Matter and Black Holes?
How would you explain not being able to find the Edge/end of Universe?
Of all the planets, stars, moons - Why we can't find Alien life anywhere we point in space?
How would you explain Deja Vu or Inception like feeling (Lucid Dreaming)?
How would you explain the theories about existence of parallel universes?
How do you explain all the war, misery, politics, religion, system, culture, rules?
How would you explain "Miracles"?
How would you explain only some people with superhuman potentials - physical or mental?
To me, It all seems so Roleplayer Game/simulation like ..cuz everything around us is defined ...for enjoyment/fun ..and no God is saving the world from any misery. The Roleplaying games we create/see today - are more of less a reflection of the world around us - Add to those Games a crazy level of Artificial Intelligence and the characters in the game will be thinking and making decisions by themselves (Think of a very advanced form of Virtual Reality - maybe a Disaster Simulations program - where we're represented with many changes - climatic, war, floods, epidemics, diseases etc and Superminds Scientists are writing their papers and developing Preventive/Coping Plans) - essentially creating a universe inside a computer ..just like ours - with no boundaries, no alien life, full of miracles and very real !!
Matrix, Horton hears a who, Inception - kinda credit this radical theory.
Long story short - Keep an open mind, free spirited, less governed. Because Everything is as Real as you believe it is!
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:31 PM
Unbearable comment. What you are saying is due to people being mentally lacking this must be the real world, top of the chain, because they would not have such people in a simulation that is supposed to simulate the real world... Why would they not have people that are in the real world, as you claim if these people exist that is proof of the real world, in a simulation that is intended to simulate reality.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM
Cosmic Justice said...
Unless...the simulation is based upon simple rules. Perhaps the simulation just starts us off with a big bang and then waits to see what happens next. In fact, we've already created an evolving AI. The computer took 100 individual "brains" which had control of a 3D body...the computer program takes the 2 brains that show the most promise and join them to create a new brain. After 20 gens, the 3D bodies could stand up and walk in straight lines. If you really think about it, everything we see is merely our minds creating a kind of virtual reality based on the info our senses gave it. It's all algorithms...information...mathematical equations
Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2:03 AM
I watch this hour glass and remember just a few seconds ago , i thought i was crazy... The second question is linked: Will it ever be possible to simulate human consciousness? After all, we run around thinking and feeling. well feeling is a thought processes and can be recorded. maybe that's why love is so powerful/ amazing to people , cause it has so many emotions/descriptions?.. or at least that's what we are told to feel/think... i wonder if i contribute to a purpose or THE purpose of living.. living to me after reading this over / purpose is to find LOVE ...
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:33 AM
Is that why the Buddha refused to discuss the possibility off a god...just told you how to stop the suffering...suffering is caused by attachment to the ego.. believing that we exsist...
Monday, November 4, 2013 at 6:34 AM
What proof is there that this universe was created for us? We could be just a by product., a virus. Why create a whole universe just to make people? Wouldn`t a solar system or even a galaxy be enough?
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM
Interesting article. I enjoy reading about this topic. So there is a new book that talks about simulated universes running inside simulated universes and how the physical attributes of universes could evolve over time, through a process similar to natural selection. Simulated universes with certain physical traits would tend to survive longer and produce more habitable environments for more advanced civilizations to produce a higher number of simulated universes themselves with an increased amount of those physical traits, and so on. So, over time, there would be a tendency for simulated civilizations to reside in universes with the physics more suitable for life.
Monday, August 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM
Isaac Esanbock said...
Maybe you are a rouge simulater from said (reality) and is trying to tell us something, but you would be seen as a lunatic if you told the general public. So maybe you are warning me (because you knew I would read this) that if the Sim. I am in keeps running, something terrible will happen (like say my Sim. surpassing you said ''reality'' and doing something like reading a hole in space and time) or something like that. This would put a lot of responsibility on me.
But then again if there are infinite numbers of Sims. you are just as lost in a fake reality as I am.
All just a thought though :-)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM
It could all be a simulation used by scientists trying to learn more about their ancestors. If this is so, then the program would be self controlled and tun without outside interference. If it were just a simulation created to view how their ancestors lived, and it continued on without any outside variable changes; It could feasibly be a way for them to see the future. With the past programmed in such a way that the present and future carried on without the necessary adding of data, the program could continue past their present day and shopw them what their own future would be. Just a thought.
Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM
Or perhaps the imperfections were intended? After all, what better a way to test variables and plan for the unexpected than through a multiplicity of scenarios? Who knows?
Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM
But how much easier it would be to run a simulation if the general population WERE sheep, don't you think? Much easier to hide imperfections in the programming.
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 8:15 AM
Adam Schellhas said...
There is no way we are living in a simulation! What would the purpose be of running a simulation where 95% of the people in it were mentally defunct? I think the odds are that if this was a simulation the percentage of highly intellectual minds would be higher and most of the general population wouldn't act like sheep!
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM