originally posted by: thyextendedself
The Simulation Hypothesis has been a hot topic over the last 2-3 years (maybe more) because of celebrities like Elon Musk. Some versions are more
like The Matrix, while others are equated to video games, or some variation of a futuristic AI supercomputer program.
I must warn you that the Simulation Hypothesis is just "the next theory" in a developing society. Back in the industrial revolution, everyone thought
that god may have created a "gear driven" universe and that we just couldn't see the machinery. Before that, there was a hidden aether, the basic
elements, and sacred shapes, like Fire and Triangles. Before that were gods of the sky, mountains, rivers, etc, that explained the shaking of the
earth and the flooding of the land. There were hidden lands in the sky, like Mount Olympus, and an underworld (with Hades) where everyone was certain
your soul would travel to.
Coming back to today, there are now hidden computers running our software and generating our reality. And when the next great revolution comes along,
we will explain the universe using that theory.
Every new hypothesis/theory about the universe seems to pull back the ever-hidden Veil. But, every time we pull it back further, we find that the
story is more complicated and that the "elements" we believed controlled everything were too primitive to correctly express our reality.
In truth, we only experience a fraction of the universe and only have a handful of senses to experience the world around us. It's more probable that
we don't have the faculties to understand the universe. We, in our current state, will not be able to understand the depth of what we're surrounded
by, so we will keep defaulting to these stories, so that we can feel more comfortable about our place in this universe.
But if we are honest with ourselves, we'd admit that all of these "theories" are just the ramblings of a tiny species, trying to project ourselves
into a future "place", that we (probably falsely believe) have either "earned" or have a given "right" to, so that we don't feel that we will
The sad truth is that we will probably return to the same state that we existed in before we were born. If there is something more, it is most likely
so far beyond our comprehension that our stories and speculations are just our primitive attempts at put humans at the top of the universal
food-chain--living out an afterlife as if it's a slightly better version of our lives on Earth. If you were an alien listening to these stories,
you'd find them to be the ridiculous ramblings of a primitive society.
And don't get me wrong--I think it is great that we attempt to explore our world, our universe, and to explain things that are beyond us. But we
should also recognize the limits of our abilities and try not to lie to ourselves about the nature of eternity.
You are a human. That is it. Try to make your time count. Stop pretending that Mario gave you an Extra Life mushroom for when you die.