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What if we are living in a simulated reality?

  1. janesix profile image59
    janesixposted 2 years ago

    Physicist Tom Campbell believes we are living in a simulated reality. That there is no objective reality, that we are consciousness perceiving only data, and that nothing is really concrete. He says it is a good explanation for things like the double slit experiment in quantum mechanics, and entanglement.

    What do you think of this idea?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nlbro2MNBs

    1. Righteous Atheist profile image61
      Righteous Atheistposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      So what? big_smile

      1. janesix profile image59
        janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Well, it's an interesting idea.

        And it's keeping me busy on a boring afternoon.

        1. Righteous Atheist profile image61
          Righteous Atheistposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          OK. Still - if you can't tell the difference between a simulated reality and reality - my question stands. big_smile

          1. janesix profile image59
            janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Are you saying it wouldn't make a difference to you if we lived in a simulated reality?

            I admit the thought kind of disturbs me. I think I prefer a solid objective world.

            1. Righteous Atheist profile image61
              Righteous Atheistposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Yet you believe so many "subjective" things. wink

              1. janesix profile image59
                janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Yes that's true. Although I just have a lot of ideas, I don't know what I actually "believe". Probably why I'm always flitting from one thing to another.

                I just want to know what's going on at a basic level. And I don't know.

                1. Righteous Atheist profile image61
                  Righteous Atheistposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Define "basic" smile

                  1. janesix profile image59
                    janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    The rules and laws that make our reality work.

    2. CWanamaker profile image92
      CWanamakerposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It's certainly among the realm of possibilities.  The Swedish philosopher and economist Nick Bostrom popularized the idea of living in a simulated realty when he publish his landmark paper on the subject in the early 2000s.  His original paper can be found online at one of his websites here: http://www.simulation-argument.com/simulation.html

      1. janesix profile image59
        janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Interesting, maybe I'll have time to read it later today.

  2. Link10103 profile image80
    Link10103posted 2 years ago

    Interesting idea.

    Of course if i see Mr Smiths popping up, probably should have taken the other pill.

 
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