Are We Living in a Simulation?
For centuries philosophers speculated that our world might be a dream. In the modern age, some have speculated that we might live in a matrix-like simulation. Now, even mainstream science is beginning to wonder if we are built from code.
When I was young, I was weird. I thought about things other children didn't think about. I enjoyed sitting around with the adults and listening to their conversations. I had a tendency to say things that kids just didn't say. I remember the mother of one of my teammates on my youth bowling team saying something to the effect I was like a little sage.
Well, that's a very kind assessment. Many, many times in my life I've lived up to that assessment and other times not so much.
One idea that I remember having very firmly as a child is that this world wasn't the real world. That it was a kind of "fake" world. I recall thinking that dreams were real and this world was one of "appearances." Later in adolescence, I imagined our universe was the "erector set" creation of some "God child" similar to me. That he kept our universe up in his closet and checked in periodically on how it was going. That was the best my 1970s teenage mind could describe what someone that age today might describe as a computer simulation.
In recent years, science has warmed to the idea that our universe and everything in it - us included - may be a simulation. Here are just a few of the statements discussing this idea. Was my young sage self on to something?
Here are the videos. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Neil de Grasse Tyson questions hard when Dr. Jame Gates proposes it at a 2016 symposium. Gates states he has found code identical to that used by Internet search engines in the deepest equations of our current cosmic theories.
Later Neil de Grasse Tyson later seems more open to the idea. Listen to his words. It struck me as very much like my thoughts as a teenager.
Both Gates and de Grasse Tyson mention the work of Dr. Nick Bostrom. Here is Bostrom describing his theory.