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Simulated reality ~ Imtiaz

“Reality is merely and an illusion albeit a very persistent one” (Albert Einstein). Einstein is right, reality Is nothing but an allusion and that allusion seems to persist within our daily life’s. It’s an allusion that is so deeply engraved within our minds that we cannot tell the difference between reality and a simulation.

Reality is a topic, in which there can be many theories to explain life, experience, and knowledge. We can’t really prove any of those theories but we assume, hope and belief that it’s true.  Everyone has a different theory to explain life and reality some theories like the theory that we were all created by “god” is the most common theory to explain reality. Almost every major religion has this common belief, which means that their theories on reality are similar but not exact. We know that each theory falls under a different paradigm, some fall under religion others fall under science but we can all assume that the theories can be true until proven false. We all have different ethics, thus we all fall under a different paradigm, some of us believe that robbing and murdering people is the only way to survive and others suppose that being kindness and respect is the only way to live. Our ethics form our opinions and the idea that god had created our reality is open to interpretation, just like the theory of simulated reality. Simulated reality is open to discussion and can be interpreted in many different just like religion but they are on equal grounds because both of them may be true.

Simulated reality is the hypothesis that reality could and is being simulated, for example in the Matrix there is a simulated reality where people can enter a simulated earth in another parallel universe and fight bad guys. In the Matrix everything looks normal and exactly alike in the real world, so it’s hard to differentiate between what is real and what is a simulated reality. So in theory even if we were in a simulated reality we could not tell the difference because our brains could not comprehend a paradigm shift that large so we don’t search for the answer because the answer would ruin us. If humans were to find out that there entire life is merely just a video game, it would make life worthless just like if we were to find out that you are the only person alive on the planet. People don’t want to find out the truth because the truth may be too much to handle, so we distract ourselves with “what is” and forget about “what can be”. For example if there were two houses right next to each other and they both look exactly alike and the only way you could tell the difference was to enter the house. If you entered the house knowing that whatever may be inside may change your paradigm and your entire life, would you do it?

Nick Bostrom a philosopher that expanded the theory of simulated reality said that in order for his theory to be true one of three things have to be true. His dispute was based on the fact that one of his three arguments are likely to be true thus proving simulated reality in a sense.

 Nick Bostrom’s Arguments

1. Human civilization is unlikely to reach a level of technological maturity capable of producing simulated realities, or such simulations are physically impossible to construct.

2. A comparable civilization reaching aforementioned technological status will likely not produce a significant number of simulated realities (one that might push the probable existence of digital entities beyond the probable number of “real” entities in a Universe) for any of a number of reasons, such as, diversion of computational processing power for other tasks, ethical considerations of holding entities captive in simulated realities, etc.

3. Any entities with our general set of experiences are almost certainly living in a simulation.

In broader detail Bostrom is trying to prove tripartite disjunction which is the basically the theory that there is sufficient technological advancements then it is possible to simulate the every man, woman and child on this planet and create an alternate reality. A reality that is simulated but with enough technological progress we can imitate life, feeling, and everything that the average man does. It can give us wisdom, emotion and create a reality where people exactly like us can roam around not knowing what they really are, or maybe we are those people.

We can’t prove nor disprove the theory of simulated reality so the theory can be true until proven false and from word the words Mr. Unger give them their flat screen T.V, a football game, and some beer and they will call you god.





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