Reality as we know it can be described in two ways – hard and soft. Hard reality is physics. If you jump from a building, you’ll break your bones. These immutable laws govern airplane travel. (Have you noticed a lot of weird stuff is happening with airplanes lately?)
Soft reality is where we spend most of our lives. Our reality is socially constructed and dictated by culture. Do this, don’t do that. Nearly every risk in the modern Western world is emotional and psychological.
The Simulation can thus be understood as being of two types – hard and soft. The hard simulation is the computer we live in. (Read, “What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?“)
Is Reality a Simulation, and if so, Does it Matter?
The Simulated Hypothesis reality, which is less scary than it seems, is an argument about whether the world came about via a Big Bang, from God (or gods), or whether some sufficiently advanced being created the world we live in. The hard simulation theory, also known as the Simulated Reality Hypothesis, goes like this:
A popular argument for the simulation hypothesis came from University of Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrum in 2003, when he suggested that members of an advanced civilization with enormous computing power might decide to run simulations of their ancestors. They would probably have the ability to run many, many such simulations, to the point where the vast majority of minds would actually be artificial ones within such simulations, rather than the original ancestral minds. So simple statistics suggest it is much more likely that we are among the simulated minds.
Watch: Elon Musk, Are We in a Simulation?
Discussing the Simulation draws a lot of eye rolls and sometimes even anger, which doesn’t make sense on a logical level.
God could have created the Simulation. Or some architects might have. Just as there’s room for God in the Big Bang, there’s room for God in the Simulation.
Lesser intellects dismiss the Simulation theory as nonsense. Those people aren’t to be taken seriously as they’ve never thought deeply about the issue.
Watch this video and you’ll see that dismissing the Simulation theory doesn’t show people how smart you are.
As computers grow more powerful and complex, the plausibility of simulating an entire universe grows less absurd. In fact, many now believe that our universe could be a vast computer simulation. In this video I explore the relatively new field of digital physics, the plausibility of a simulated universe, and how we may one day create our own universe.
How can you prove we live in a Simulation?
The paradox of the simulated reality hypothesis is that any sufficiently complex society capable of forming simulations would be able to hide the code from its inhabitants.
Scott Adams works around the paradox as follows:
If we are simulations, we should expect to see two additional qualities in the universe as partial confirmation:
1. We should expect that we can’t travel past the boundaries of the simulation.
2. We wouldn’t be able to observe the basic building blocks of our reality.
Sure enough, we meet both criteria.
We can’t travel beyond the edge of the universe without exceeding the speed of light, which is theoretically impossible. That’s what you would expect in a simulation. You would have some sort of rule of physics to keep the simulated people from traveling beyond the edges. Here I’m assuming the universe is expanding at the same rate as the light that is traveling in all directions, so we can never catch up to it.
The hypothetical creators of our simulation would also try to prevent us from discovering that we are not made of anything real. And sure enough, when science looks at our basic building blocks at the quantum level, all we have is probability and strangeness.
One issue with Adams’ reasoning is he may be viewing the fact that we don’t know something (how subatomic particle behave with certainty) as proof that we must therefore be in a simulation.
Of course there is nothing wrong with his reasoning, because none of us can prove we live in a Simulation, or that we don’t live in a Simulation. (Read, “How to know if you’re a real person or living in a simulation.”)
Elon Musk made similar posts as Scott Adams noting, in response to an article about Schrodinger’s cat, “To conserve computing power, a simulation would only render an object when it is observed.”
To conserve computing power, a simulation would only render an object when it is observed
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2018
When asked is someone would hear a tree fall in an empty forest, Musk explained, “A simulation probably wouldn’t spend computing power on sound.”
Yes, if there is no listener, a simulation probably wouldn’t spend computing power on sound
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2018
The soft simulation is the software we are running.
“Culture is your operating system.” – Terence McKenna
When I speak about the Simulation I’m usually referring to the “soft” one, or what the post-modernists called “socially-constructed reality,” or “narratives.”
Or what Jordan Belfort called the “bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve” your dreams.
There is a Narrative About You, and you believe it.
Maybe your parents told you the narrative, or someone in school, and you believed it.
Or you had a bad experience, and this experience became your identity rather than a data point.
There’s even a term for this – Imposter Syndrome.
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon remain convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve all they have achieved.
A person with Imposer Syndrome is running a a hardware script, and has accepted passively the beliefs of the software.
“We are all unpaid actors in some giant script that we didn’t write.” – Kanye West.
Watch, Yes, We are Living in a Simulation.
How to Break Free from the Simulation.
Your mind has been programmed by people who don’t care about you. The government which wants you to obediently die in wars. The media which doesn’t care about truth.
Or maybe your mind was programmed by people who cared about you and didn’t know any better. The parents who did their best but were clueless. The teachers who tried but never had any idea what was happening in the real world.
The first step to freedom is recognizing:
Your sense of self or “I” is a creation – or what Anil Seth calls a hallucination – of your perceptions. The sensory information coming into the brain hasn’t changed at all. All that’s changed is your brain’s best guess at the causes of that sensory information, and that changes what you consciously hear….
We don’t just passively perceive the world. We actively generate it. The world as we experience comes as much from the inside-out as from the outside-in.
You can break free from the Simulation by rewriting the scripts in your mind, by rewriting the stories you believe, by believing in yourself.
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