posted on Feb, 8 2006 @ 09:24 PM
There's actually a joke...
A bunch of celibate monks are in a monastery, and their entire purpose is to recopy the Bible. Then, one day, a monk goes "Hey, all we ever do is
copy this book over and over from other copies. What were to happen if someone made a mistake, and that mistake has just been recopied into all the
books we now use?". The other monks nodded, and agreed that the truth must be found. They decided that they would cover for the monk while he went to
search for the oldest book in the monastery.
Days went by, and the monks became scared that their friend would never return. So they searched the entire monastery looking for him. They finally
find him, hunched in a corner in the darkest, deepest, dungeons of the monastery. He was holding a book next to his chest, rocking slowly back and
forth. When they asked "What is it!?! What did you find!?!" he said,
"It says celibrate..."
The joke is of course, celibate is celibrate, but missing an "r". Big laughs all around, everyone's happy.
What you're proposing is, for all intents and purposes, the same thing. Much of our knowledge is based on previous knowledge that we take as
However, we're not just opennly accepting it. For one, childrens and classroom experiments perform these same tests "just to make sure". We
constantly reverify the theories we have. As Einstein said "a thousand tests won't prove me right, but it only takes one test to prove me
And so that's how we're pretty positive that the world we're living in is governed, and continues to be governed, by these laws that we've
labelled "physics". If this is all a computer program, we're trying to find out what the computer program does, and or all intents and purposes it
is the physics of the world we would be living in.
Now of course, this isn't a computer program - but the thought experiment of "if it were" helps us explore the possibilities of our existance.