Are We Living In A Simulation? Maybe Yes

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Humans are the product of the environment that we live in, and we are conscious beings. We are gifted to see our inner self and contemplate near and beyond. However, we are still the product of this environment.

Through our senses’ prism, we see what is developed and adapted to the environment that we live. Our brain sits in a dark shell and tries to make sense of the input it gets from our sensory organs.

Our organs have a limitation. Our visible and hearing range that we predominantly use is very narrow. The spectrum that our eyes see is limited, and we can see only one in a millionth of the frequency range, and the same goes with other senses.

Since our brain is malleable and cooks up the story of its own, it will be easy for other highly intelligent forms to play us.

In the past couple of hundred years, our understanding of science has improved a lot. Now we can comprehend things more than our visual or auditory senses. Having said so, we still try to understand this world with our sensory experience. If we want to understand the behavior of sub-atomic particles, we still use wave and particle analogy.

How sure are we not living in Matrix?

What if someone has created a program with all these constraints and areas that allowed us to perceive the world only through our limited sense? Say we are small fish in a big aquarium. It sees what it perceives out of its senses. Fishes are limited to see the world within the aquarium. Its movement is confined to the boundaries of the aquarium. The world beyond the aquarium is beyond its comprehension.

What if we are living in an environment where all the things are computer-simulated? We can be just a virtual being in a computer-animated world. With a limit on the speed of light, we are bound within our make-believe environment, where there is no way to perceive the outside world.

Few of the argument hypothesized in favor of simulation is

  • Famous Uncertainty Principle, elementary particles like electrons and protons behave differently based on our observation. They behave like a particle when we observe and behaves differently when we don’t.
  • Everything that we see around us is constructed around elementary particles and their sequencing. That is preciously our computers do, and we are building on the same computing units and similar to our elementary particles.
  • Our DNA is the sequence of coding, just like computer code.
  • All the things that you see in the universe have rules to abide by. If we are a product of chaos, why do we have a set of rules to abide by?



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Ranjit Damodaran

Ranjit Damodaran

Tech enthusiast, Project Management. Interested in Complexity science, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Human Nature, Behavioral Economics, almost anything.