It's good to be mildly skeptical to remain sane. But too much of it will make you a douche.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:21 AM
Well, then it explains so many things. Right? Since the simulation is enormous, there has to be some bugs and glitches. The alleged supernatural phenomenons and miracles might be the result of bad or faulty coding of the universal fabric. They are not supposed to happen. But they do happen because of the glitches.
If our world is a simulation, that will completely change how we see the world, lives, spirituality and everything. If a solid evidence of our world being like some kind of Matrix, there will be a massive panic. And there will be at least a few people who will try to 'cheat' the system.
If our universe is a buggy and glitched simulation, well that explains alot! Our creator might be some kind of tech nerd or some code cruncher! And, those who created this universal simulation might have had installed some fail-safe device or some form of Punkbuster, preventing us to use any kind of hack or cheat codes.
I was very depressed when I thought of that, but came to make peace with such possibility. But that doesn't make me any more nihilistic. Everything feels real enough for me.
David Icke is the living evidence that British Healthcare System is in deep *bleep*.
Holographic universe isn't the same argument presented by the simulation argument. The holographic universe is based off string theory which is naturalistic (explained by nature) while the simulation argument argues the universe is artificial.
Paranoid Android..... I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will End you!
Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:15 AM
I used the analogy of a simulation several years ago to discuss a possible explanation of the Trinity in Christian theology. God the Father is like the gamer, he controls everything in the world. Jesus the son was an Avatar of God, like a RPG style game you took the role of a PC (Player Character) and interacted with the world to achieve a purpose. The Holy Spirit can be viewed as God's overall interaction with the world, like an RTS-type game or perhaps a Simulator. Like Starcraft, God can highlight a series of troops and move them from place to place, defend, attack, build, etc... or perhaps like SimCity where God a click of the mouse causes people to start building skyscrapers.... in a real world setting it would be described as God "inspiring" people to act.
Of course, like any analogy it is not perfect. But it does get the general idea of Father/Son/Spirit into a modern analogy that most internet folk (particularly gamers) will understand. I thought it was interesting in any case
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion
~ Ancient Hebrew proverb
Of course we are in a simulation -- there is really no difference between a "real" universe and a simulated one except one happened pretty much by chance and the other for some purpose. They are both just self-moving waves of information.
Given that we presume it is possible for a culture to become advanced enough to make simulations, then the number of simulations would far exceed the number of real universes, making it exceeding more likely we are simulated than "real."
By the way, does it occur to anyone that we ourselves may be the creators of the simulation we are in -- perhaps as a form of entertainment or education?
Hi RJ, You may like to watch a documentary from UK tv called ‘What we still don’t know’ it was a 4 part series and the 3rd part is called ‘Are we real’ with Prof Sir Martin Rees, in it this topic is discussed, with some of the work of Prof Nick Bostrom university of Oxford I would put the link up but it would be cut so look for yourself on utube. You could also look at work by Prof Nick Bostram at http://www.simulatio...simulation.html take care
‘Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror, but YOU are the eternity and YOU are the mirror’ Kahlil Gilbran
Here's the (IMO) really cool part about the 'matrix' theory. If you accept the proposition that once powerful enough computers exist to run simulation like that, and that we would actually run those simulations, then simulated universes and people would vastly outnumber the real universe and real people within it, so there would be a distinc mathematical probablitiy that in fact we are a simulation. It would actually be a much greater likelyhood that we are not real.