Science Unexplained

Life in the Matrix: New Evidence Supports the Simulation Theory

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By Jake Anderson

Nick Bostrom has become somewhat of a cult celebrity in fringe circles for his authorship of the Simulation Theory. This theory supposes that because of the overwhelming likelihood of technological singularities occurring in the universe, it is quite likely that advanced civilizations–either us in the future, or aliens in a distant galaxy–have created or will create simulations. Since the number of these simulations would number in the billions, Bostrom submits that it’s actually quite likely we are living in some sort of a computer simulation.

The actual theory is more elegant than our description and is better understood reading Bostom’s original paper, which supplies the underpinning mathematical equations. Since its publication, the Simulation Theory has become a familiar muse for science fiction audiences, explored in films like The Matrix, The Thirteenth Floor, Dark City, and a smattering of anime films.

For most people, it’s a titillating but ultimately incomprehensible concept, one that is so far out there, so far removed from practical reality it’s hardly even worth thinking about. But if you’re like us and you enjoy pondering the distant, the sublime, the unknown, and the incredible on a daily basis, the Simulation Theory actually offers a verdant foundation for assessing some of the more vexing questions our civilization seeks to answer.

*Whole video is cool but simulation talk doesn’t start until about halfway thru.

Glitches in the Matrix

It has been suggested that the Simulation Theory would actually help explain paranormal activity, such as ghosts, haunted houses, ESP in its myriad forms, and demons. Viewed as part of the simulation, they are simply errant pieces of code. Entities such as Big Foot and the Loch Ness monster are as real as apple pie, except that as programs they are rife with glitches.

paranormal activity, ghost on stairs

The Simulation Theory would also explain UFOs and even the lack of UFOs. Yes, both the thing and non-thing. With UFOs, as pointed out by Micah Hanks in The UFO Singularity, one of the more puzzling anomalies is that they seem to disappear on a dime. Many UFOlogists have pointed out that UFOs often behave as if they were on some alternate timeline and every once in a while we get to see through and spot them. The Simulation Theory would reconcile UFOs’ strange behavior, as they are either poorly written programs (perhaps the idle fun of a post-human adolescent), or have been purposely programmed to confound us.
The lack of aliens or UFOs could also be reconciled by the Simulation Theory. The Fermi Paradox, which describes how incredibly odd it is that in a universe this astoundingly big–containing billions of galaxies, each with a billion stars–with such a massive likelihood for intelligent life (at least according to the Drake Equation), we have been met with only cosmic silence. Well, the Simulation Theory would state simply that the reason we haven’t found any signs of extraterrestrial life is because it wasn’t written into the universe we occupy. Or if it has been, it’s being willfully concealed. Maybe that program will soon be launched, or perhaps ours is an existential experiment with loneliness and species pathology. Maybe our simulation operator is a sadistic bastard.

Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics

Perhaps what is most odd about the Simulation Theory is that there are actually prominent scientists and physicists 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 simulation that is our universe. They are working to create a mini-simulation that require physical constraints in order to run. They want to see if those same constraints exist in our own universe.
quantum chromodynamics
In order to create the simulation, the physicists are using something called lattice quantum chromodynamics to try and discover whether there is an underlying grid to the space/time continuum in our universe. Though they have only recreated a tiny corner of the known universe, a few femtometers across, they have simulated the hypothetical lattice and are now looking for matching physical limitations.

One popular constraint involves high energy particles. It turns out our universe does in fact have a physical limitation that is not fully understood. It is known as the Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin or GZK cut off. And this limitation is eerily similar to what physicists predicts would exist in a simulated universe.

Computer Code Found In String Theory

In the last couple years, theoretical physicist S. James Gate has discovered something extraordinary in his 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.

While no one can claim this is irrefutable proof of the Matrix, it is certainly eye-opening to listen to S. James Gate and Neil deGrasse Tyson speak in almost professional whispers about the ramifications of finding computer code mixed in with the equations of the String Theory.

These are whispers of rapture for the Ghost Diaries. Do we want to learn that the universe is a simulation, that all truth and matter is simply code, perhaps arbitrarily programmed by a being we can’t possibly imagine? Not necessarily, but it’s fun to think about. And we do, a lot.

Join us. Turn that frown upside down, further down the rabbit hole we go….

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  • Bob patterson

    The notion that we are living in a computer generated universe has been around for some time. In 1969, Konrad Zuse proposed the concept of a computation-based universe.
    Sci-fi writer Philip Dick announced in 1977 that we live in a computer program.
    And if that isn’t strange enough, University of Maryland professor James Gates Jr. has discovered a computer code (like the ones used in browsers) written into the mathematics that describe the universe.
    Martin Savage, professor of physics at the University of Washington, is studying ultra-high cosmic rays for a signature consistent with that of a computer program.
    Reality may indeed be stranger than fiction.
    So would you like to take the red pill or the blue one?

  • John Sorensen

    I find the idea of “the universe” (singular) to be a bit quaint. The Multiverse is far more expansive than any one reality can contain.

  • Clive

    Just something for you to think about . . .

    On the FAQ page Nick Bostrom writes . . . :

    “It seems likely that the hypothetical simulators, who would evidently have to be technologically extremely advanced to create simulations with conscious participants, would also have the ability to prevent these simulated creatures from noticing anomalies in the simulation.”

    So, what would be the best way of making sure your simulated population didn’t notice anomalies?

    In a simulated reality attempting to present entirely SOFTWARE DEFINED self aware, free thinking people then it is very obvious that the designers of such a simulation would prevent their simulated creatures from noticing anomalies by DIRECTLY managing the AWARENESS, THINKING &, EVALUATING ABILITIES of their simulated population AND they would particularly use this very cheap to implement strategy to AGGRESSIVELY manage their simulated academics and scientists.

    Evidence of this being implemented would be that ON ONE WAS ABLE TO THINK OF THIS SERIOUSLY OBVIOUS STRATEGY in the first place.

    On this page here: are 18 points listing visible evidence that would way more than suggest that we are in a simulation.

  • nameless

    The Poincare’ Recurrence Theorem paradoxically contradicts the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It has defied all attempts at disproof. Might it not be more deeply fundamental and evidence of a looping process?

  • DanW

    UFOs, wow. That’s an interesting correlation between the SH and alien life. I did some research and since this article (5 years ago), I found only one more connection. An interesting one, claiming that reality being a computer (a simulation or otherwise), allows for faster-than-light travel, which would explain UFOs here. It’s at – would that prove UFOs are meant to be here, or have been “written out” of our script, but a glitch occurred?

  • Deo

    I like to study alien ships and how some pictures of them seem to change shape, this Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics seems to be the best theory for it.