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New law of physics supports the idea that we live in a simulated universe

By T.K. Randall
October 12, 2023 · Comment icon 13 comments
Matrix code streaming toward a city skyline at night.
Are we living in a simulation ? Image Credit: Pixabay / Mysticsartdesign
The second law of infodynamics seems to add credence to the idea that the world we live in isn't actually real.
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 ?

And if we really are living in a simulated reality, how would we ever prove that this is the case ?

Enter Melvin Vopson - an associate professor of physics at the University of Portsmouth who proposes that evidence of simulated reality theory could potentially be found in the laws of physics that govern information (such as genetic information in DNA or digital information stored on a computer).
Last year, Vopson, alongside his colleague Serban Lepadatu, proposed a new law of physics known as the second law of infodynamics which, when applied to a range of different information systems, "provides scientific evidence that appears to underpin the simulated universe hypothesis."

"It is truly remarkable that [the second law of infodynamics] is applicable / valid for so many systems and so diverse to each other, and the extrapolation to universality is rather safe," he said.

"The evidence is there and it needs no proof. However, to categorically state that we live in a simulation, based only on this study, is not sufficient."

"My hope is that this work will stimulate more research and very smart scientists will come up with new ways to prove or disprove it."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Cho Jinn 5 months ago
Ganesh, FTW
Comment icon #5 Posted by psyche101 5 months ago
Comment icon #6 Posted by ercbreeze 5 months ago
So this simulation we are in has been running at least 13 billion years.  The beings that made the simulation have a much older universe.  For time constraints--they should have skipped our universe's creation, the dinosaurs, and other hominids that came before us!  
Comment icon #7 Posted by XenoFish 5 months ago
Not necessarily. From our perspective it has been ages. From a different perspective it might have been an infinitely small blip in time. Depends on the model of reality a person chooses.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Timothy 5 months ago
They must have some good data.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Tatetopa 5 months ago
Ever play an online game?  Days cycle much faster than on earth.   What is the smallest amount of time we on earth can detect?  Lets just say a nanosecond.  Then from one nanosecond to the next, your computer has to do all of the necessary calculations to update the energy and position of every relevant object. The speed of the computer will determine the graininess of the simulation, the smallest detectable units of time, space, and energy.   If we are programs, we have been set not to detect nanoseconds, but to operate in the realm of seconds, a billion times slower.  So from our per... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by godnodog 5 months ago
Can I have a RTX 4090000000000000?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sojo 5 months ago
Yep. I think that from the temporal realm, spirituality can seem like an illusion, and from the spiritually inclined viewpoint, the temporal world can seem to be an illusion. But, I think reality includes everything to include any and all simulations. Illusion, simulation or not, when I get hurt I don't care where the pain originates from, I still experience pain which is as real as anything else I experience. My 2 Cents. Sojo
Comment icon #12 Posted by TomBarnes 4 months ago
I am certainly not a scientist but I am wondering if it really makes a difference on the level of the individual whether or not we are a programmed minor character in a larger computer simulation or whether we live in base reality. Either way we either respond to our biological programming or in a simulation we respond to our computer programming. My guess would be it is essentially the same thing with the same outcomes except a system administrator could rewind the program whenever he/she/it wanted to do so and run it again, like a teenager playing his favorite video game every single night a... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by parafish 4 months ago
Interesting, yep everything is made up of atoms but what are atoms really made up off? Scientists can measure mass but mass it most likely a by product of other forces. Everything could be made up of nothing or though bundles which spin at very high rates to give the illusion of something solid. And similar to the Matrix if scientists point two trillion volt lazers at each other then they could tear space time.

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