posted on May, 29 2009 @ 08:39 PM
HUGE believer, supporter and researcher of the Simulated Reality theory for 3 years strong now
Maybe none of this is actually real, maybe none of us exist, maybe all of this is just a program running on a super computer ran by post-humans or an
advanced alien civilization.
I used to be a World of Warcraft fan, and I used to play the game constantly, but one of the quotes from a female human /silly makes me ponder. It's
this: "Do you ever feel like you're not in charge of your own destiny, like, you're being controlled by an invisible hand?"
That makes me think. How do I know I'm not being controlled, and that all of this isn't some insane MMO played by advanced aliens who get
entertainment out of all this, much like we get entertainment out of controlling a character in a game?
It's probably not the Matrix story of us being used as batteries. It's more likely that they just run this simulation to see how we interacted with
each other, thousands or millions of years before them. They are literally looking at their ancestors. I'm sure someone somewhere, far above in the
physical world is looking at this conversation and laughing at us mindless peons pondering if we're really in a simulated reality or not.
But what's interesting about the theory of living in a simulated reality, is that there's a chance there's an afterlife, that the creators took
mercy on us and made some other program once we die, where we all go. Or maybe they were bastards and just made it happen like when you delete a file
from your recycle bin, gone forever, non-existent. Did we ever make a afterlife for all the enemies you kill in World of Warcraft? No. Too much effort
and they're so intellectually inferior to us that we don't care. Would they think the same? I personally hope not.
There's also a chance that this is all one massive MMO, sure, it's far-fetched, but I like thinking about it. I mean, does my character in World of
Warcraft know he's being controlled? What if he thinks everything he does is on his free will, everything he says he just randomly thinks up, and
when I log him off he's asleep or in a state of limbo? I mean someone could be making me type this, but the program is making me believe I'm
actually typing this on my free will.
Another fun question: are our creators in the "physical world" REALLY in the real world or yet another simulated reality? Will we get to the point
of running a simulated reality, a universe such as the Sims series, but much more evolved? Yes, actually, we will. Someday in the distant future we
will have computers fast enough to run such a program, and we will be able to see our own little worlds, evolving, growing, and perhaps living long
enough to make their own simulated reality. And then the process repeats.
Maybe our creators were nice enough to give us an afterlife. Free of pain, free of confusion, of course until we're taking up too much memory and
they have to delete. There's no way to actually find out. For all we know, everything around us could be a projection our brain has created for us to
cope with whatever reality we are really in.
Okay, believe it or not but listen, one day we will be able to create completely simulated realities. Does it have to be that day when we stop and ask
ourselves "Hmm. This is oddly familiar. Feels like I've been here before." Personally, I don't think it should be like that. We're on the verge
on a technological age beyond any other and very soon we will be able to create completely intelligent universes. Look at the GAMES we already have:
Sims, Spore, Little Big Planet, and those are just games. Can you imagine when we can actually create entire digital planets and even universes, not
for entertainment but for observation and what-if scenarios? Will no one ask before then if we're actually just living in such a simulation?
We are today only starting to create virtual worlds such as Second Life, always with the goal of making these worlds more realistic, more
indistinguishable from real life.
Currently its pretty obvious whether you are in a virtual world or not. But futurists are already predicting the virtual reality that is just about as
real as our "reality". This raises the question: Are we already in such a reality? Have we merely forgotten that we are?
And if so, who are the masterminds that created the simulation? Did we ourselves create it as a game that requires us to forget that it's a game and
that there is a superior reality-domain above? Or was it created by other beings, extraterrestrial or extradimensional and are we merely their
Nobody actually knows where they are from or who they were before birth? It's easy to see how we`d be unable to accept this reality (or game?) as
"real" if we would not have this amnesia of "what was before".
Nobody wants to watch a movie while constantly being reminded that its only a movie or constantly being distracted by what goes on in the theater room
itself rather than the screen. Perhaps it's the same with reality. Perhaps our memories have been removed for our own enjoyment of the experience.
Would you behave differently if you knew for sure that you are living in a simulated reality? How could you tell for sure?
The idea of us living in a simulated reality is not new. Especially ancient buddhist doctrines and the ancient Vedas (India) make plenty of references
to our reality being an illusion. According to these doctrines, the act of incarnation into a body means leaving the real world and entering the
illusionary world or the "secondary world".
Nick Bostrom's argument uses the premise that given sufficiently advanced technology, it is possible to simulate entire inhabited planets or even
larger habitats or even entire universes as quantum simulations in time/space pockets, including all the people on them, on a computer, and that
simulated people can be fully conscious, and are as much persons as non-simulated people.
Prof. Tipler identifies this final singularity and its state of infinite information capacity with God. According to Prof. Tipler and Prof. David
Deutsch, the implication of this theory for present-day humans is that this ultimate cosmic computer will essentially be able to resurrect everyone
who has ever lived, by recreating all possible quantum brain states within the master simulation, somewhat reminiscent of the resurrection ideas of
Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov.