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simulation theory

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Icey101, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. have you heard of this?

    Its an interesting theory, something like the matrix, could we be living in a simulation setup by a super computer in the future? Is the super computer using our bodies for energy and therefore providing a simulation for us to live in? Is the never ending universe which we fail to really understand, just part of a program?

    Now there are scientist's testing theory

  2. My vote for *Conspiracy theory of the year*
  3. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    I think we might be overthinking things. Too, if it really is just a simulation, I'd rather not know.
  4. Hi.

    If us humans have one quality ove anything else that can be defined to be the separating element between us and the rest of the fauna (or flora for that matter ;)) is the un-dying need to explain our existence.
    To ourselves as well as for the others.

    By our scientific methods, that something that hasn't been found anywhere else in our habitat.
    All other life-forms seem (to us anyway) to trot along merrily without a hint of desire for anything even remotely resembiling that.

    On top of all that, we all are made of a few electrically charged particles interacting loosely with each other, occupying a space that's magnitudes larger than the said charged particles themselves. So in essence, we are mostly just empty space.

    To me, the simulation theory is just another possible "explanation" to our existence, just as valid or invalid as any other.

    My vote would go for the intergalactic penal colony for the misbehaving souls trapped in torture-vessels for the duration of our punishment/rehabilitation though.

  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Dude. Step away from the bong.
  6. pflash4001


    Dec 2, 2011
    No way! Pass it this way! That MUST be good stuff in THAT bowl!
  7. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    In this simulated world, the space elevator might actually work.
  8. Simo98


    Jun 18, 2009
    QLD, Australia
    Sooner or later the technology we use will be capable of processing such immense amounts of data that we will be able to essentially simulate reality, a reality that would be just as real from the inside as ours is from our own point of view.

    In all of time and space, both within our universe and any others that may or may not exist, it stands to reason that somebody else would have done it before now, and we could quite easily be the product of that simulation.

    Of course, it's also quite probable that the "reality" that is running the simulation which provides us with our universe is also another simulation, inside another, and so on ad infinitum.
  9. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000

    For now though, I'm going to have to be an informed skeptic.
  10. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    There is nothing scientific in this theory.
    It's a philosophical hypothesis, revisited from Descartes's propositions.
    Only philosophists study it, there is nothing to prove or demonstrate.
    I'd like people and newspapers to differenciate between cosmology and superstition.
  11. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass SUSPENDED

    Apr 10, 2009
  12. Dreams that seem to last forever last for seconds. There is a mechanism to drastically change our perception of time and reality. Pick your reality (or CPU simulation); can't prove it either way. Hell, none of you can't truly prove to me that you exist.

    It's really fun until it gets really tedious. That's when I chose to stop. Or is it choice? Well... blah blah blah...
  13. Dale D Dilly

    Dale D Dilly Monster

    Jul 1, 2008
    Statistically speaking, this pretty much has to be true.
  14. This is where The Matrix screenplay fell down bigtime. Our bodies consume food and convert it into low level heat that can't easily be recycled. If it were so recycled it would provide less energy than the food had in it.
  15. Only if you have to take a space elevator to get to the super computer.
  16. Simo98


    Jun 18, 2009
    QLD, Australia
    Exactly. We're just really inefficient versions of the same solar panels the robots were running off originally, solar energy is converted, through the food chain, to eventually end up in our bodies and be used to produce electricity and heat. They should have just stuck with solar panels.

    Good film regardless, but it always bugged me :D
  17. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    The highlighted bit is just makes the idea seem silly to me. A slightly more interesting take, IMHO, would be to phrase it as if we are actually AI created by a higher being (say a 'real' person/scientist) to simulate a human life given a set of variables.
  18. i just threw that in as a conversation piece :)
  19. I'm familiar with that argument, and it makes some sense, but here's the problem I have with it: would a simulation of a conscious being actually be conscious? It's not at all clear to me that it would. We're conscious, so to me that argues for a "real" universe.

    OTOH, there's an XKCD comic on this subject (of course) which points out that a simulated universe would probably have some features designed to make computation easier. For example, a minimum temperature, a maximum speed, discrete chunks of light and energy ...
  20. Demon_Hunter


    Jun 8, 2008
    From HERE

    Actually, we're a real life, living "sims" for the Alien overlords of the universe!!!