Nick Bostrom simulated universe theory

The Universe Is A Simulation, say German Physicists

The Ghost Diaries focuses on the unexplained – paranormal happenings that fall outside our standard categories for what constitutes reality. Usually this entails an analysis of a ghost sighting, a UFO, or a juicy conspiracy theory. But sometimes we come across something so bizarre, so utterly mind-boggling, that although it doesn’t meet our usual definition of paranormal—it is certainly beyond normal, and deserving of scrutiny. In this case, we’re talking about the possibility that our universe is a simulation.

The simulation theory has been around for a while, championed by philosopher Nick Bostrom who posited that since the probability of significantly advanced civilizations would entail the creation of simulated universes, it stands to reason this would mean there are more simulated realities in the universe than actual ones—thus, the idea that our own reality and universe could be a simulation being run by some advanced alien or posthuman society. Bostrom puts the chances of this at 20%.

Here’s a link to Bostrom’s theory and the mathematical equation he worked out.
Nick Bostrom simulation theory

Now it appears there may be actual evidence that our universe is a simulation. In a paper entitled “Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation,” a team of German physicists argues they have come up with a thought experiment that shows that the limitations ‘people’ living in a simulation would face are very similar, if not identical, to the limitations we face—namely, the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuzmin energy-cut off.

Confused? Yeah, us too.

But maybe this is precisely the reason why we’re having such trouble understanding reality, why 96% of the universe is comprised of an unknown force, why the nature of existence seems to break down at the quantum level.

Maybe it’s because we’re living in a simulation from which we can never escape, which is far worse than the Matrix. Because at least Neo could fight back, and acquire cool new powers. And wear black leather without being made fun of.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
5 Responses to “The Universe Is A Simulation, say German Physicists”
  1. Dan Lester says:

    2o% is a fantasy assessment! I can imagine the comic book theories he came up with to support this equation. This is the problem with theoretical science, It’s all fantasy. the true odds on this scenario are astronomically in favor of him being wrong. while the universe may appear to have code embedded in it’s design, It is more likely that the universe would randomly create these codes, Than it is for our universe to be a simulation. And given those odds, I would not spend my time on such fantasy endeavors.

    • Garrett says:

      The chances of it spitting out a perfectly ordered error correcting chunk of code are just as astronomical, no that I believe in that sort of thing.

Check out what others are saying...
  1. [...] ghosts for that matter–are momentary glitches in the simulated program that is our universe. Evidence for our existence being a computer simulation run by a vastly more [...]

  2. […] who not only think it’s possible, they are actively conducting experiments to prove it. A team of German physicists think that eventually we will be able to paint a better portrait of the so-called numerical […]

  3. […] Lending even more support to this mind-numbing theory, theoretical physicist S. James Gatehas discovered something extraordinary in his recent String Theory research. Essentially, deep inside the equations we use to describe our universe Gate has found computer code. And not just any code, but extremely peculiar self-dual linear binary error-correcting block code. That’s right, error correcting 1s and 0s wound up tightly in the quantum core of our universe. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3 | Photo) […]

Leave A Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.