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originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: neoholographic
They're not alone , MIT Cosmologist Max Tegmark also believes the Universe may be a mathematical construct, a belief I think has merit.
All universes have their importance and are a part of the greater scheme of things. Saying that one of them is an illusion just because we found a movie cool, is not only foolish but in my opinion also disrespectful to those 13 billion years of evolution the Universe has just gone through.
The evidences of the Universe's age, by the way, are everywhere. Cosmic background radiation, dwarf star age, the Sun's rate of nuclear fusion, the expansion of galaxies, the age of rocks on Earth, the fossils embedded in rocks, the giant meteor that left a world-extinction event and a crater in Yucatan, the materials on Earth which have been forged in the heart of a dying star. But no, let's ignore that science. Let's ask scientists to upload our minds into stupid hard drives, but let's ignore what astrophysics and geology have to say about the universe and the world.
The movie IS the driving force to the common man's acceptance of such theory though. The people accepting such theories with little to zero understanding of the concept and it's effects. The films/Japanese anime put it into relatively simplistic constructs, far from the simplicity of the concept.
So what is it a simulation of.
Earlier this year, Tesla boss Elon Musk said that there's "a billion to one chance we're living in base reality", meaning the billionaire thinks the odds are that we are living in a computer simulation.
If it is a simulation, it is a remarkably robust one.
That's an unwarranted guess. Musk, who is a pretty smart guy, understands that the experience of our senses is an abstract of reality, not reality itself. His statement does not mean that he thinks the universe is a computer program.
Asked whether he was saying that the answer to the question of whether we are in a simulated computer game was “yes”, he said the answer is “probably”. He said that arguably we should hope that it’s true that we live in a simulation. “Otherwise, if civilisation stops advancing, then that may be due to some calamitous event that stops civilisation.”
And if it was one, what of it? A computer program needs a computer to execute it. There's always a real world somewhere. It can't be turtles all the way down.