The idea that the universe is a simulation might sound like the plot of “The Matrix,” but it is also a legitimate scientific hypothesis. In 2003, University Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom suggested that members of an advanced civilisation might decide to run simulations of their ancestors. Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, also supports this intriguing theory.
This video delves into the simulation argument and encourages you to think about reality. For example, is the universe merely a flat projection? Is the chair you’re sitting on actually empty inside? You believe that your body is made up of chemical processes, but if you were to open it, could it be empty too? Well, whether or not we are being simulated is dependent on a few conditions being met.
Of course, existential-sounding hypotheses such as the simulation argument is essentially untestable. As a result, many scientists have debunked this theory and argue that if we we were living in a simulation then our physical interactions with humans, air, food and the like would also have to be elaborate programs that had been simulated to trick the brain.
Based on a modified version of Nick Bostrom’s original simulation argument, this video puts forward five assumptions (to be taken with a pinch of salt) that if true, prove that we are living in a simulation.
The Five Assumptions
- It is possible to simulate consciousness
- Technological progress will not stop any time soon
- Advanced civilisations don’t destroy themselves
- Super advanced civilisations want to run simulations
- If there a lot of simulations, you are probably inside a simulation
Are we living in a simulation? We don’t have definitive evidence to prove or disprove this hypothesis and it’s quite possible that we will never know the truth. So we will just have to assume that we are real and enjoy life as we know it.
I am Luke Miller, content manager at Truth Theory and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here