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?
Well, it's an interesting idea.
And it's keeping me busy on a boring afternoon.
OK. Still - if you can't tell the difference between a simulated reality and reality - my question stands.
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.
Yet you believe so many "subjective" things.
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.
The rules and laws that make our reality work.
How is your grasp of quantum mechanics?
I have a lot of interest, but I'm not overly smart. I muddle through as much as I can. I wish I were a brainiac, but I am not.
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
Of course if i see Mr Smiths popping up, probably should have taken the other pill.
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