Do we live in a simulation, a-la "The Matrix"? Do you have any evidence or reason to believe that this is true or false?
The full article I am referring to can be found here, the full article this article is referring to is inculded therein. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/120132-Science-Suggests-Were-Living-in-the-Matrix
I look forward to hearing any opinions on the article, or the subject.
Rather than including a separate answer, I included my thoughts here:
I have personally thought this for awhile, for lots of different reasons. One of my biggest ones is quantum mechanics, specifically abnormal particle behaviors like the double slit experiment.
My explanation for that experiment has always been a term I coined called "quantum occlusion culling".
To start, a simple (and mildly inaccurate for that reason) summary; occlusion culling is a programming technique where a programmer will avoid spending any processing power on something that will not be perceived by a living player. This concept can be applied in many different ways, but the most common is that when rendering a player's viewpoint any objects that are completely occluded by other opaque objects will not be rendered. The normal behavior in this situation without occlusion culling is the farthest objects would be rendered first, and closer objects would be rendered on top of further objects. This means any resources spent rendering objects that are fully obscured would be wasted, and so is unnecessary and can be left out.
I use the term quantum occlusion culling to describe a phenomenon where at the smallest levels of processing in our reality, the universe begins to leave out any unnecessary calculations, otherwise the amount of processing power necessary would be multiplied by layers of exponentials. So, in the case of the double slit experiment, scientists are forcing a scenario where they are manually triggering the quantum occlusion culling effect, and recreating the same scenario where they avoid triggering the aforementioned effect.
I could go into more extreme detail about how I believe this behavior is programmed (from a conceptual standpoint, obviously) but that can be a bit more difficult for some people to follow without a programming background or a very technical mind. Maybe if this turns into a discussion it will come up. =)
The question has been closed for the following reason "Duplicate Question" by Barry Allen 17 Oct '12, 03:18
We have seen hints of this in movies like, Lawn Mower Man, Powder, Vanilla Sky, and of course the Matrix trilogy. Our mystery schools have again and again told us we direct our experience from the 5th dimensional realm of infinite possibility to the 4th dimension of time.
To understand this that we are given free reign over our experience of what is, is similar to knowing we are not in a game, we are the person sitting down playing the game. Every moment we make a choice from the infinite possibility of things that are. Now if there is this 5th dimension of possibility then that does seem similar to a program running and the choices it has to make from.
answered 16 Oct '12, 23:48
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