Is our whole private world around us
nothing but a part of a cosmic-scale
Is our reality
the result of advanced programming
of which authors represent
superior alien beings
somewhere in deep space?
An unknown but
highly advanced civilization living
"somewhere" among the stars recognizes our "technologically advanced
computer systems" as a very primitive achievement.
For example, Rich Terrell, from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (CIT) has suggested that God is in fact a cosmic computer programmer.
Such advanced aliens can bring to life the universe as a simulation on a cosmic scale, with galaxies, planets and billions of stars.
Inside this so-called universe, they place us, humans and give us simulated life we consider as reality.
How can we know if we really exist?
He says that,
What Is Solipsism?
Solipsism, the theory that only one mind exists that what appears to be external reality is only a dream taking place in that mind - can't be logically disproved.
Solipsism supports the problem of our existence. It's the philosophical view that "there is nothing" and even if there is something, we can never know about it.
One scientist who decided to test if we live in a computer simulation is Martin Savage from the University of New Hampshire.
Savage recreated a micro-scale model of our world. He assumed that a classical computer (i.e. the classical limit of a quantum computer) is used to simulate the quantum universe (and its classical limit), as is done today on a very small scale.
Savage asked if there are any signatures of this scenario that might be experimentally detectable.
The scientist's assumption was as follows:
According to quantum mechanics, Martin Savage says, there are finite lengths of matter, called Plank lengths, below which, nothing can exist.
Just like if you were to write computer code, you couldn't program anything smaller than a single bit.
In its initial phase, the universe should be designed in such a way, that it would be possible to see some kind of "grid or pattern" - like a grid that divides up the playable space in a chess game, or any "signature".
If scientists finally identify such a pattern, it will mean that the universe is created upon a grid structure and they look for this "signature" in cosmic rays.
There ought to be clues in the spectrum of high energy cosmic rays that our universe could be, in fact, a computer simulation, theorists say.
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Brian Whitworth writes in his paper "The Physical World as a Virtual Reality" that the existing orthodox view of the physics establishment is equally unfalsifiable.
He says that,
So, in other words,
Of course, there are scientists who disagree with Brian Whitworth.
The question remains:
It seems like we will have to wait before someone can answer this intriguing question...