The simulated universe theory suggests that we may be living in a computer simulation. This means that everything you do, all of your memories, and all of our recorded history may be nothing more than bits of energy information jumping between circuits inside some enormous computer. Unlike the movie THE MATRIX that presented us with a “brain in a vat” scenario, the simulated universe theory suggests there is no organic substrate. Said simply, in the simulated universe theory there may not be a “sleeping NEO” behind the matrix to wake up. In fact, I suspect that there may never have been a biological substrate at all. Follow me…said the white rabbit.
First of all let’s look at the image to the left. It’s an image of Iron Pyrite cubes projecting out of marl or mudstone. Yes, it is real and yes it does occur that way in nature. IRON PYRITE is a perfect example to illustrate my point. Here we have a naturally occurring event that happens inside the Earth without the assistance of any human technological interference and yet look how artificial and man-made it appears.
My first reaction to the iron pyrite cube was disbelief. How could nature produce something so indistinguishable from modern technology? Then I stumbled across Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom and his paper on the Simulation Argument. His paper argues that:
“At least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation.”
Could we have evolved from some deep universal technology! Look at any growth pattern of a tree (Fibonacci sequence), seashell, or RADIOLARIAN and you can’t help but see the instinctual and indigenous technology at work at the base of our universe. These numerical growth patterns are predictable and repeatable. Is this indigenous technology merely riding our DNA? Could all of the complex numeric biological systems be proof of the simulated universe theory?
Bostrom’s paper ignited quite a deep curiosity within me. This is where the iron pyrite cube comes in. We assume that we created computers, spaceships and and robots. However, looking at the iron pyrite cube, you can easily see the beginnings of technology springing forth directly from the Earth and Earth was manifested from the universe. It is a complex algorithm to huge for us to comprehend. Given another billion years would with this iron pyrite “evolve” into an intelligent machine on its own? I keep getting visions of the TRANSFORMERS home planet , CYBERTRON. With an estimated number of exoplanets somewhere between 35 trillion and 6 sextillion you can see that somewhere in the universe it is possible that Cybertron could exist.
If we follow this theory and if we accept that algorithms, mathematics and geometry existed before humans, then we must admit that the universe is a “digital information event.” This digital information event that we call the universe may be a simulation running some time in the distant future.
“Technology is a natural byproduct of human consciousness directly inherited from Earth and the universe. It is numeric, and organic. We can trace the origin of technology back through biological history, all the way to stardust. It cannot be stopped any more than we could stop the planets from spinning or galaxies from forming and decaying.” -Gray Scott
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FUTURE IMPLICATIONS: Simulated Universe Theory
The Simulated Universe Theory pulls at the very fabric of our sanity, our human identity, and our basic reasoning for life in general.
How would we behave if we knew for certain that our current reality is a SIMULATION? Would we have mass hysteria? When people give up their lives, dropout a society and join the newest trendy simulation cult? Humanity has already experienced several paradigm shifts throughout our history. For example, people didn’t start jumping off bridges just because scientists discovered other planets outside our solar system and yet that bit of proof is counter intuitive in monotheistic religious circles.
This shift in perception has caused a wave of global consciousness change. Religious leaders are now being forced to tell their flock that in fact creationism is not accurate ( see Pat Robertson) and that Earth is in fact NOT 6000 years old. Sorry kids, Jesus did not ride a dinosaur. Of course no matter what proof is presented, humanity will always have outliers, science deniers and Rick Santorum. There will always be people that are more satisfied with an outdated mythology that they can pass on to their offspring and create communities where these mythologies, however false, can create fractured tribes of “low scientific information societies.”
Most people would rather not believe that everything they do is a simulation generated by some enormous future post human computer, or even more disturbing, that the universe is and always has been a “computer.”
The real question that we must deal with when talking about theSIMULATED UNIVERSE THEORY is “do we already have proof?” Or… are we just creating a new myth based in science?