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f you've ever thought life was actually a dream, take comfort. Some pretty distinguished scientists may agree with you. Philosophers have long questioned whether there is in fact a real world out there, or whether "reality" is just a figment of our imagination. Then along came the quantum physicists, who unveiled an Alice-in-Wonderland realm of atomic uncertainty, where particles can be waves and solid objects dissolve away into ghostly patterns of quantum energy. Now cosmologists have got in on the act, suggesting that what we perceive as the universe might in fact be nothing more than a gigantic simulation.
The one they have come up with is multiple universes, or "the multiverse". This theory says that what we have been calling "the universe" is nothing of the sort. Rather, it is an infinitesimal fragment of a much grander and more elaborate system in which our cosmic region, vast though it is, represents but a single bubble of space amid a countless number of other bubbles, or pocket universes.
Originally posted by Bastet
Too deep for me. I just want the comfort of knowing that I'm real, not some virtual entity in someone's computer game [or something like that.]
Originally posted by harrisjohns
From my reading of the links posted earler in this thread (www.simulation-argument.com...) the theory depends on the theory of multiverses.
I.e, if the multiverse (an infinite number of universes) exists in which everything is possible, then a virtual reality universe must therefore exist somewhere.
Because the inhabitants of each 'real' universe could, in effect, make an inifinite number of virtual reality universes then there must be vastly more VR universes than real ones.
Therefore, statistically, any sentient being advanced enough to ask the question is much more likely to be an inhabitant of a VR universe than of a real one.
Therefore, our universe is much more likely to be a VR universe than a 'real' one.
However none of this alters our reality, it just provides an answer to the question: "What is our universe?".