Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?

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Is Our Reality Actually a Simulation?

The idea that our reality could be the result of a simulation generated by an advanced intelligence is one that is becoming increasingly embraced. Before Elon Musk and other popular influencers brought this idea to the forefront of media attention, Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at The University of Oxford, formulated his simulation argument that has since gained significant traction.

Imagining a day in which technology is capable of mimicking and stimulating our daily senses is easier to fathom with our seemingly exponential advancements. If or when we have the ability to run computer simulations by creating sentient beings would we do it and for what purpose? This question comes with numerous ethical and moral dilemmas.

It seems that a precursor or parallel to this reality would be one in which our consciousness could be uploaded to a computer or ulterior platform. While this may seem implausible, the idea of substrate-independence provides a possibility. Bostrom posits this idea in the possibility of imprinting consciousness. Essentially, the assumption is that if the system generating consciousness is built sufficiently it can be applied to man or machine.

Practically Implementing Consciousness

Although the computing power necessary to mimic our brain function is not yet attainable, Bostrom broke down how much computing power it would hypothetically take. He equated that the amount of power it would take to stimulate the central nervous system would be tantamount to the amount of energy it would take to stimulate a human mind. This amount of power would equate to between ~1014 and ~1017 operations per second. Other difficulties arise in harnessing the computing power to create an environment. Bostrom thinks that to save computing power it would be possible to implement ad hoc realities as they are discovered, giving the example of humans discovering  quantum particles and their ambiguities.

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The Holographic Universe: Living in a Simulated Reality with Linda Moulton Howe

Linda Moulton Howe explores the possibility that we are but one simulated universe nested within a series of simulated universes. Far beyond the limits of our corporeal reality a strange holographic projector transmits information that we perceive as physical reality. An increasing number of scientists are accepting the idea that our reality is a holographic projection and new data comes to light which suggests that this projection is artificial in nature

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Error-Correcting Codes

In his study of string theory and more specifically supersymmetry, Dr. Jim Gates a physicist from the University of Maryland, claims to have discovered error correcting codes in fundamental particles like quarks and leptons. These types of codes are more commonly known for their use in computing. Gates claims that these codes found in his study of nanoparticles are essentially the same as a very particular type of code that allows for the functioning of browsers.

“When you then try to understand these pictures you find out that buried in them are computer codes just like the type that you’d find in a browser when you go to surf the web. And so I’m left with the puzzle of trying to figure out whether I live in The Matrix or not,” Gates said.

 

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What’s the Probability

 

When Elon Musk was asked recently about whether he believes we live in a computer simulation, he said that the chance of us living in what he calls ‘base reality’ or an organic, non-computer simulation is one in billions. Others believe that there is a proportionate possibility that we are or are not living in a simulation.

Bostrom’s simulation argument believes that there are three possibilites:

  1. The human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage
  2. Any “posthuman” civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof)
  3. We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.

 

The idea that we live in a computer simulation has lead theorists to the idea that there could potentially be layers of simulations, like a Russian Matryoshka doll. These layers of simulation could present myriad questions as to the source reality or how this may fall in line with string theory’s idea of a multiverse in which numerous if not infinite universes exist.

 

Closeup of binary code infected by computer virus

 



Discovery of 100 Black Holes in Milky Way Has Implications on Consciousness

100 Black holes discovered Milky Way

A stellar surprise has been found in hidden space: more than 100 black holes hiding in our own galaxy. What can we learn from this new find and what is the consciousness connection to this mystery of the galaxy?

Scientists were stunned to find more than 100 black holes hidden in the Milky Way, about three times the number of black holes thought to be in the area. NASA describes a black hole as a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. The gravity is so small because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. These black holes are hidden within a cluster of stars called Palomar 5, about 80,000 light-years from Earth.

Astronomer and Gaia News contributor Marc Dantonio weighed in on the significance of this discovery.

“They didn’t expect that there would be so many young stars that had blown up and become supernovae and then left these black holes behind, but there are,” he said. “So it means that at one point this was a very rich star cluster, very bright, and most likely visible from galaxies away.”

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