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Are ghosts a sign that we live in a simulation ?

By T.K. Randall
November 21, 2019 · Comment icon 90 comments

What exactly is reality ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Glogger / Chris Aimone
Two scientists have put forward the intriguing yet disturbing notion that we may all be living in the Matrix.
The idea that mankind could be living in a computer simulation was explored at length in the Wachowskis' science-fiction favorite The Matrix, but just how plausible is this concept ?

If we were living in a simulated reality, would we even be able to tell the difference ?

It's an idea that was recently discussed by Julian Keith and Curry Guinn - two University of North Carolina professors whose research has focused on the concept of reality and how we perceive it.

When you think of computer simulations, we've already made some pretty extreme technological leaps within a relatively short space of time. Look at today's video games and compare them to Pong - imagine what sort of worlds it will be possible to generate thousands of years from now.

Sooner or later, we won't even be able to tell the difference between simulation and reality.

It's an idea that has been proposed before, notably by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk who maintains that there is an extremely high chance that we are currently living within a computer simulation.
According to Prof Guinn, we may have even seen evidence of this already.

"Glitches in the system," he said. "Deja Vu, such as in the Matrix movie when a character sees a cat crossing a doorway repeatedly, may be one glitch. Ghosts, ESP, coincidences may be others."

"The laws of physics in our universe seem peculiarly designed with a set of constants that make carbon-based life possible. Where are the edges?"

Perhaps in the far future, mankind uses such simulations to experience periods of history or to experience the human condition in a way that is no longer possible at that time.

Alternatively, perhaps like in the movie, it serves a function as some sort of prison for the mind.

It has even been suggested that there could exist simulations within simulations - meaning that when you wake up in one you are actually still in a simulation from higher up the chain of realities.

When you really think about the possibilities, it's easy to end up tying your brain in knots.

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Comment icon #81 Posted by Festina Lente 5 years ago
Comment icon #82 Posted by Stiff 5 years ago
Click the box 'Reply to this topic' You'll then have the option to either upload from your device 'choose files' or link from a URL  'insert other media'   
Comment icon #83 Posted by Festina Lente 5 years ago
Says it too big.  It’s a simple BW line drawing.  ? And thank you. : ) 
Comment icon #84 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
Can you copy and paste just the part you want us to see as I am not downloading a whole file. You can not provide anything to back up that ridiculous idea as one does not exist, I do not agree with your imagination so unless you have facts and undeniable proof,  so just post what you believe is undeniable proof please. It can not be that big.
Comment icon #85 Posted by Festina Lente 5 years ago
Undeniable proof?  This does not exist on this “Learning” planet.  These are just ideas, out of the mainstream.  Why is anyone here asking questions?  Ideas that inspire Thoth/Thought — Not opinions. Again, I’m new here, I found you guys yesterday, read the rules, checked out several threads and thought it might be a nice place to exchange ideas in a world that makes no sense at all — this fact  cannot be denied. We live in a world ruled by lies, stealing and murder [sacrificial wars].  Anyone who denies this simply tells another lie.   Something is coming, most people ... [More]
Comment icon #86 Posted by Festina Lente 5 years ago
It was one page line drawing from an image took on my iPad camera. 
Comment icon #87 Posted by Festina Lente 5 years ago
Comment icon #88 Posted by Rlyeh 5 years ago
Holographic principle is from string theory, it makes no claims about a simulation.
Comment icon #89 Posted by Sakari 5 years ago
Comment icon #90 Posted by Crazy Horse 5 years ago
What's a matrix? And why would it be disturbing?

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