Do We Live In A Simulated Universe? Another Angle On The Brain In A Vat Theory

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Is it possible that you really are living in the Matrix? Yes, but not the movie Matrix. More likely, if this is at all the case, you’re only a coded entity.

Neuroscience is a way to unravel the mysteries of how our brains take in information through sensory organs and, filtered through one’s nature and nurture, is created into the world we perceive, or our internal map of reality.  There’s long been a theory, never disproved, that we’re not simply brains in vats, with electrical impulses triggering experiences.  The fact that the idea has not been discredited with evidence does not give us any good reasons to believe we’re actually brains in vats.  That would bring up a host of other question, like who or what put us there, and for what purpose?

The Matrix Trilogy, While Pure Fiction, May Point To One Of The Deepest Of Truths Humans Have Been Searching For

The Matrix, at least the first film, spoke to people about this idea on a deep level. They did give it a twist that  made good excuses for awesome action scenes, otherwise staring at a brain in a vat while the voice of Mr. Smith drones on may not have filled the coffers at the box office.

“Sometimes I Feel Like I’m living In A Dream”, Perhaps An Expression Born By An Unconscious Insight

Many feel as if there’s something beyond them – some call it god, some spirituality, and others  information beyond the field of our perception and the reach of our intellect.  Those who have used psychedelics, or delved into deep prolonged states of meditation have often reported a feeling of profoundly waking up into a reality that felt more powerfully real than the one we inhabit on a day to day basis.  Though many may not have had such an experience, perhaps others can relate to a dream that was more vivid than the world you woke back into when it was over.

As Far Fetched As It Seems, It May Not Be Beyond The Realm Of Science To Answer It

There’s a theory, in the looser sense than one would prescribe the word to the theory of relativity or evolution by natural selection, that we are in a virtual simulation.   Really it’s a hypothesis, but there are possibilities of experiments that may yield evidence, and taking into consideration that this is actually quite a serious concept, there are many scientists who do explore it.  A study recently conducted at the University of Bonn in Germany has found what they believe to be evidence or insight that lends credibility to the theory.  There is a video at the end of the article that heavily references the study, but it’s not worth being hasty and skipping to it.  Really, it isn’t.

A Simulation So Real You Are Left Utterly Ignorant To The Fact You Are Part Of It

For me the best starting point is whether or not we’ll be able to create simulations – an incredibly advanced version of Sim City – where the characters in the simulations are completely unaware they’re in a simulation, and perhaps on an excelled time scale in comparison to the designer have been going about the process of evolution observed by a designer – maybe  guy named Frank who was good with video games and hacking as a kid – are going about their lives in blissful ignorance, or profound horror, depending on what’s happening in the simulation.

If We Ever Reach The Technological Capacity To Create Virtual Worlds Where The Inhabitants Would Be None The Wiser, Then Statistically Speaking, We’re Almost Certainly In One To

What follows from this is that if we’re able to create one such virtual reality, a time may come when every one has access to technology and billions of simulations are born.  Or even if the technology is held by the select view, they could run countless variations of simulations in the interest of furthering their own knowledge.  What then follows is if this is the case, statistically speaking, it’s far more probable that we’re in one of these countless simulations, than in a Universe where we’ve gone through the cosmic journey of reaching where we are today as a species.

Statistically speaking, if a race were to evolve to our level of intellect, on the cosmic time scale it would be a few seconds later they too could start creating simulated Universes.  To put it simply, natural selection would not keep up with the birth of simulations through technologically advanced societies.

The below video with Cara Santa Maria interviewing physicist Martin Savage will provide a bit more insight into the theoretical science.

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Is There Room For Any Pretext To Religion, Or A God In This Virtual Simulated Universe Scenario?

To touch briefly on the religious implications, assuming we are living in a virtual Universe, I see room for a deist of sorts, but less probably a theist.  I will explain in more detail, but to under the circumstances of living in a simulation, when your ‘god’ named Igor is a shut in who drinks vodka and eats potato chips while playing about in his simulated world, does not exactly live up to the reputation of what we like to imagine god to be, in he religious or spiritual sense.  Then again it might not be Frank or Igor playing, it might be purely a computer that has so outpaced humanity’s conception of brain power, that it’s running the simulations on its own accord, for reasons unknown to any humans existing at the time.   Or perhaps all humans have long since perished from such a civilization.

Interesting, Possibly A Statistical Probability, But Difficult To Swallow

I’m not all in on this theory, not by any means, but it’s an interesting one.  What makes it more so is that it doesn’t disqualify other theories.  The Theory of Relativity still works, regardless of whether it’s by the rules of a simulation or not, the laws of string theory might apply, or loop quantum dynamics, or a scientific discovery yet emerged in the field of science.  This is no new idea – the brain in the vat concept has long been in use – but it’s only recently the means to test whether we’re in a simulated Universe or not has been plausible.

Now here’s the promised video referencing the recent study from Bonn University in Germany.  Any evidence discussed in the video on this study did not move me much one way or another, but it’s interesting, and at least it’s a start.

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