Computer simulation theory: Is our world only a game?

Are there any proves about computer simulation theory? How did this theory come to the scientists? Read the information below to find all arguments for and against this interesting assumption.

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What if our lives are just computer simulation game?

Physicists, philosophers and simple people discuss a question of computer simulation theory for a long time: 'whether can we be virtual?' Not as in 'Matrix', but almost like that. What about the fact that our life is just a world simulation? And what it could mean? If all people on Earth and each grain of sand in space really were characters in a huge computer game, we may have not even know about it. And though this idea is quite suitable for the movie, it is also reasonable as the scientific hypothesis. Recently scientists have discussed this disputable idea at an annual discussion in the American museum of natural history. The director of the planetarium of Haden estimates chances that we are the program in 50/50. 'I think, the probability of it can be very high,’ he says. He has noted a gap between the intelligence of the person and a chimpanzee in spite of the fact that we have more than 98% of DNA in general. Perhaps, somewhere there are beings whose intelligence considerably exceeds ours. 'We would be just idiots near them. If this is so, then I can easily present that everything in our life is only someone's imagination created for the entertainment of other creations'.

The popular argument in favor of a hypothesis of computer simulation was adduced by the philosopher of the Oxford University in 2003 when he has assumed that representatives of the developed civilization with huge computing power could decide to start simulations of their ancestors. Besides, it is probable that they could start many similar simulations, up to a point when the vast majority of mind is rather artificial within the simulation than present from initial ancestors. So the simple statistics allows assuming that most likely we are amongst the modeled world and even Universe. There are also other reasons to believe that we are virtual. For example, the more we learn about the Universe, the more, as it seems to us, it becomes tied to mathematical laws. Perhaps, it is not a reality. It is a function of the nature of the Universe, in which we live, as mathematics really spreads alongside and everything must be tied to math, as the main rule. 'If I was a character in a computer game, I eventually would find out that rules seem very rigid and mathematical' – the cosmologist of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) says. 'They just reflect a computer code, on which we have been written'.

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Besides, in physics, the ideas from the information theory emerge. 'In my research very strange thing was found — James Gates, the physicist-theorist from the University of Maryland says. — I have reached the correcting codes. Thanks to them, browsers work. How have they appeared in the equations, which I studied about quarks, electrons, and super-symmetry? It has led me to the fact of understanding that the theory can be right'. Nevertheless, not all audience has agreed with this statement. 'If you find the IT solution for the problems, it can be just a coincidence. The statistical argument that the majority of minds in the future won't be biological can't be the truth too, the physicist-theorist from Harvard University believes. 'In its basis, there are just no certain probabilities. This argument shows that there are many entities, which want to imitate us. But in my opinion, it is strange. We are very interested in ourselves. I don't know why the highest types would like to imitate creatures like us'.  Such hypotheses, which concern a basis of our life, as a rule, are not testable, but some scientists consider that they could find experimental proofs that we live in a computer simulation. But proving that the Universe is real, can be even more difficult. 'It is impossible to obtain the evidence that we are not in the simulation, as any evidence, which we will ever obtain, can be a part of such simulation'.

But what if it will become clear that we really live in a certain 'Matrix'? We won't get to anywhere. Such outcome brings up some weighty spiritual questions. 'If the hypothesis of modeling is fair, we open a door to eternal life and revival, and also to things, which are formally discussed in a religious context. The reason is quite simple: if we are programs in the computer, then until it won't be damaged, the program can be restarted over and over'. And if someone has created our simulation, does it make him God? 'We can create the worlds and simulations in the Universe, and there is nothing terrible in it — David Chalmers, professor of philosophy at the New York University says. – There is nothing terrible in our creator too'. If to look on the other hand, then we are gods of our own simulations. But there is one question: what will be if the bug, which will put all programs out of action, will be found? Will the dark matter be this bug? Or what the dark matter, having the mass but not having the visible essence and feasibility, is but a surrounding core of the high-power ‘God-driven’ simulation?

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