There’s a 20% we’re living in the Matrix?

August 15, 2007

neo.jpgThe New York Times’ John Tierny has written an interesting article on the idea that we are all just some computer geek in the sky’s creation…

Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else’s hobby. I hadn’t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims.

But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.

This simulation would be similar to the one in “The Matrix,” in which most humans don’t realize that their lives and their world are just illusions created in their brains while their bodies are suspended in vats of liquid. But in Dr. Bostrom’s notion of reality, you wouldn’t even have a body made of flesh. Your brain would exist only as a network of computer circuits.

It’s a pretty ridiculous idea, and one that is so hard to even understand, let alone even remotely be able to comprehend as a possibility. Still, it’s an interesting idea to debate.

You can click here to read the rest of the article.


One comment

  1. apparently, they never saw the movie, “The Thirteenth Floor.” in this movie, there were some computer guys that developed a computer reality that they could access, and it turns out that their reality was another computer generated reality…

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