posted on Jan, 26 2011 @ 06:33 AM
reply to post by TMJ1972
You are referring to the simulation argument
which is a very clever thought game about
the nature of reality given our increasing ability to simulate reality.
This is the abstract of that paper:
This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (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. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance
that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other
consequences of this result are also discussed.
The theory being that if a posthuman civilization can make one totally believable simulation of reality (it doesn't even need to be perfect) then
there is no theoretical reason why they should not make a hundred or a million such simulations. At that point the odds are stacked against us that
we live in the original "real" universe.
The exciting thing I learnt from the Horizon documentary is that Fermilab are creating a device called a
to detect the holographic noise that should be present if the holographic principle is correct. If
the device finds evidence for the noise then the scientific view of the fundamental nature of reality will be completely changed. We'll have to come
to understand how our perceptual universe is a 3D representation of a more fundamental 2D reality.
Regarding parallel universe theory, I don't like it. The idea that entire parallel universes are being created every time a decision is made seems
absurd and I don't believe the universe is that wasteful. The only reason that science considers parallel universe theory to be viable is because
most scientists agree with Einstein's assertion that "God does not play dice with the
. Parallel universe theory allows all the other possible die rolls to be shifted out of our universe.
Subatomic particles exist as "probability clouds" with no definite location until they are observed. When they are observed they can appear
anywhere inside the probability cloud. The position at which they appear seems to be entirely random and this is something that is impossible without
breaking causality. The idea of causality (cause and effect) is so fundamental in science that the idea of something appearing somewhere for no
reason is just completely impossible. This is one root of parallel universe theory, the explanation being that a universe is created for every
possible location that the particle could appear and therefore causality is not broken.
My own opinion is that cause and effect is an illusion, time is a traversable dimension and particles appear where they do because that was the most
appropriate place for them to be for the future universe.