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December 11, 2012 in Weird News


“We May be Living in a Massive Computer-Generated Universe” –Physicists Say Its Reality Can Now Be Tested

The idea that we may be living in a computer generated universe that has been debated by the greats of philosphy, from Plato to Descartes, who speculated that the world we see around us could be generated by an ‘evil demon’. Plato wrote that reality may be no more than shadows in a cave but the human species, having never left the cave, may not be aware of it.
More recently, the concept that current humanity could possibly be living in a computer simulation comes from a 2003 paper published in Philosophical Quarterly by Nick Bostrom, a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford. In the paper, he argued that at least one of three possibilities is true:

(1) The human species is likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) Any posthuman civilization is very unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of its evolutionary history. We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation; (3) “the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation.”

The conical (red) surface shows the relationship between energy and momentum in special relativity, a fundamental theory concerning space and time developed by Albert Einstein, and is the expected result if our universe is not a simulation. The flat (blue) surface illustrates the relationship between energy and momentum that would be expected if the universe is a simulation with an underlying cubic lattice.

With current limitations and trends in computing, it will be decades before researchers will be able to run even primitive simulations of the universe. But now a team of physicists at the University of Washington has come up with a potential test to see if the idea holds water. The team has suggested tests that can be performed now, or in the near future, that are sensitive to constraints imposed on future simulations by limited resources.

Currently, supercomputers using a technique called lattice quantum chromodynamics and starting from the fundamental physical laws that govern the universe can simulate only a very small portion of the universe, on the scale of one 100-trillionth of a meter, a little larger than the nucleus of an atom, said Martin Savage, a UW physics professor.

Eventually, more powerful simulations will be able to model on the scale of a molecule, then a cell and even a human being. But it will take many generations of growth in computing power to be able to simulate a large enough chunk of the universe to understand the constraints on physical processes that would indicate we are living in a computer model.

The Daily Galaxy via http://www.washington.edu/news, New Scientist and http://www.technologyreview.com

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3 responses to Delusional Science Destructive Philosophy

  1. then that would mean our lives aren’t real and our actions are practically meaningless.
    yeah, exactly… but I think that’s the point ? o.O to make us feel worthless.

    it’s interesting that the scientific community is willing to ponder such an idea of a computer geek as our creator
    Isn’t it just ? :D They’re like that dude from The Italian Job (2003) “no imagination.” They seem to just spew out slow-kill vaccines and fluoride and what not.

  2. There are any number of destructive philosophies out there :) there’s one in particular that talks about stepping “down” into the 4th dimension (according to basic physics we live in a 4-d reality) … and that ‘reality’ in general is a computer program so even though the talk is about ‘enlightening’ you … you essentially start to view yourself as a computer program, i.e. 1-dimensional.

    1010101010101010101……… a line of numbers. 1-dimensional.

    “Believe those who are seeking truth, doubt those who find it.”
    - André Gide

    • Exactly and if people really believed everything we see to only be a computer program then that would mean our lives aren’t real and our actions are practically meaningless. I think it’s interesting that the scientific community is willing to ponder such an idea of a computer geek as our creator yet when I know our God, Creator of the Universe is reality and apply that to my work plenty are so quick to dismiss it as containing no science at all even though the evidence is clear.

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