Recently reputable scientists have been considering the possibility that we live in a matrix (or a hologram).
The rest of us are starting to take notice.
Here’s the bottom line:
Living in a simulation, or hologram, would explain a lot of strange things about our universe.
When we look at the weird things in the world some of them would start to make sense if we were living in a manufactured world.
Unsolved Mysteries of Physics
Scientists are still trying to make head or tails of a multitude of unsolved problems in physics, some of the more interesting being:
- Extra Dimensions – There are generally four accepted dimensions (three dimensions of space and one of time), however a number of theories require 10 or even 11 dimensions!
- Future of the universe – What exactly will happen in the future of the universe? There are plenty of theories but no solid answers.
- Interpretation of quantum mechanics – There are questions around how actual reality is perceived.
- Space Roar – What is this “hiss” from outer space and why is it many times louder than scientists predicted?
If you are not familiar with some of the mysteries that are quantum mechanics, the below video is an easy way to become introduced to some of the more common theories.
Quantum Mechanics Double Slit, Entanglement & Flatland
Bostrum’s Theory of Simulation
In 2003 Nick Bostrum published a paper arguing that there is a certain probability that we live in a computer simulation.
In his argument he determines that at least one of the following propositions is true:
(1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage;
(2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof);
(3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.
The structure of his argument maintains that if you reject the first two hypothesis, then the the third one follows.
This paper has, as you can probably imagine, caused much debate. Bostrom himself states that he believes there is approximately a 20% probability that we are living in a simulation.
Nick Bostrom – The Simulation Argument
The Universe Could be Made of Pixels
Some scientists believe that the universe, at it’s smallest components, could actually be made of tiny pixel like matter.
These minute grains of information would conceivably be billions of times tinier than a proton.
If this can be proven, it would lend further fuel to the argument that we live in a simulation.
In a small town located just outside Batavia, Illinois, near Chicago a project called “The Holometer” began to collect data in 2014
Scientists are hopeful that the information gathered by this machine will help to answer some of our questions about the makeup of the universe, including whether of not we are living in a hologram.
Wormholes and Blackholes
Recent research by the University of Ohio helps support the theory that blackholes may also be holograms.
This of course then throws the concept of wormholes into question as well. Wormholes are described as two blackholes that join together by boring a hole through space and time.
If a blackhole is a hologram though, where does that leave the wormhole?
Lack of Alien Life in our Universe
In a supposedly “infinite” universe other life forms must surely exist.
Why have we never come across any? Why haven’t Aliens (officially) found us?
Is it possible that the simulation is already complicated enough running the algorithm for one planetary system? Perhaps the next version or service pack will add in an alien module.
So Do We Live in the Matrix or Not?
The theory that we actually live within a simulation was once the realm of dreamers and movie makers.
Now scientists are spending considerable time and effort trying to figure out what is the exact state and form of the reality around us.
Astronomers and cosmologists are uncovering more and more about our universe everyday.
With these discoveries comes even more confusion as we struggle to understand the why? and how? of the big questions about the creation of the universe, and of course human existence.
It is not that long ago, when we discovered that the earth was round.
It stands to reason that many more such eye opening discoveries will be made in our future.
I personally think there is a very high chance we live in a computer simulation.
What you think – do we live in a matrix? Yes or No?
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