Do we live in a simulation?

January 2, 2023
 by Paul McGowan

16 comments on “Do we live in a simulation?”

  1. Hi Paul, this is a very interesting topic.

    I read the book How Real is Reality by Paul Watzlawick. I don’t know in which direction your book will go, but the topic is really exciting.

  2. Consider who would create such a simulation: the entity would, in effect, rule the world. Why would it devote such enormous resources to providing a simulated existence for us? To control us, which is much more difficult when its subjects are discontented.

    It should be obvious that any hypothetical simulation would be designed to keep us convinced that our existence is blissfully perfect. That observable fact that the world as we know it is far from either makes it obvious that we are not living in a simulatlon, and that its imperfection is quite real.

  3. A favorite topic of mine.
    As previously stated, who or what would create such a simulation and for what purpose?

    As I don’t believe in a deity per se, it’s not that. If we are talking “universe”, I can warm to that, but believe the “universe” has no specific agenda…

    As a student of “perception”, this topic would be more in line with the variable nature of human perception, psyche and our tendency to insist our own perception is correct.

    How we can insist that our own is correct when we are only perceiving through our own world-view, self-view, and god-view – boggles the mind.

    However, I adore science-fiction, and am far from a reductionist.

    So no, I don’t think we are in a simulation, but do understand “liquid reality”.

  4. Everything really does stem from our point of view…
    After all, we really are just the result of a lucky fluke of just the right elements in a right location and a whole sh1tload of biology experimentation time…

    SAY, we were the only life existing in the universe, and SAY life on earth never did get started or got blipped out at some point and never started again… an entire endless universe just existing – in vast silent nothingness with no life anywhere or nothing ever happening for billions of years and forever.
    Our little brains are wired to ask “Well… what’s the point of THAT?”.
    But it may very well could have gone that direction.
    It still may…

  5. Yes it’s all a simulation. Quantum physics and Quantum computers. Multiverses and multidimensions. A lot going on around us that we don’t see, hear or know about because our senses are limited.

  6. I always think that Oliver Cromwell’s quote is a good yardstick to live by…….”I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken.”

    1. ….meaning that there is no absolute truth and no absolute untruth. We all create “reality” from our own (limited) experiences. This is all we can live by, as long as we accept that it is only one version of reality, and that other versions are just as valid.

  7. Nice question. I do not feel that we live in a controlled simulation. But my brain creates the impressions of the world outside of my body. Therefore what I see with the eyes is a 3D simualtion in my brain. What I hear is just brain interpreting the moving molecules of the air. What it means is simulation. The meaning of it was trained in an/or is somethings what was stored in the genes. So eventual, every being lives in its own simualted world of perception. That is the way it is. And Paul is right, I think too that we never will feel and understand what a different creature feels and thinks. Did you ever understood what and why a cat did something? Very mysterious.

  8. Wow…God is pretty smart!

    Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.

  9. As it happens, I’ve been watching an interesting series on Netflix, “ancient apocalypse”. A journalist, Graham Hancock, slams the archaeological community and presents a lot of misinformation, glittered up by a polished docu series. This is best described as a “Galileo Gambit”—the logical fallacy that you must be right because everyone else thinks you’re wrong when civilization possibly began.

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