Are we living in a simulation?
The question seems to be gaining in popularity this year, the 20th anniversary of the release of the most popular incarnation of the simulation hypothesis, the iconic movie, The Matrix. Just this week, a new sequel, called The Matrix 4 for now, was announced with stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles.
Philosophy professor Preston Greene recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times proposing that if we are in a simulation, it is better not to find out. I disagree.
First some background. Today’s versions of the simulation hypothesis are…
Three years ago, the American Museum of Natural History in New York hosted a debate that has since been watched 2.1 million times on YouTube. Four physicists and a philosopher, prodded by moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson, spent two hours discussing whether reality as we know it might be a simulation.
If it is, we’re all characters in a computer-generated world that is so dense with data, so abundant in processing power, that it gives rise to our very consciousness. It wouldn’t necessarily mean we’re being manipulated by a master simulator. That entity might have established the laws of nature as…
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