Life in a bubble: Are we living in a simulation

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Life as we know it is fake, and we’re all just part of one giant simulation where nothing is real. We are all being controlled by Mark Zuckerberg against our own will. Juuuuust kidding—well…maybe not.

If you have seen the popular 1998 movie, “The Truman Show”, you have been exposed to the idea of a simulated world.

The plot of the movie shares the simple life of a young man named Truman Burbank, and how every detail of his entire life has been broadcasted on national television without his knowledge. Throughout the story, small incidents occur where Truman starts to question what is real and what isn’t.

Philosopher Nick Bostrom’s paper from 2003, called, ‘Are you living in a simulation?’ talks about future generations, and their societal state. In the paper, he explains the following:

“Because their computers would be so powerful, they could run a great many such simulations.” He suggests, “Suppose these simulated people are conscious…then it would be possible to argue that, if this were the case, we would be rational to think that we are likely among the simulated minds rather than among the original biological ones.”

The thing that’s interesting about this theory, is that we can’t tell the difference between reality and hyperreality. Bostrom says,

“There must be a huge number of simulated realities complete with artificial intelligence inhabitants who may have no idea they’re living inside a game — inhabitants like us, perhaps.”

The thing that completely messes with my mind is the next thing Bostrom says about this hyperreality theory,

“These beings might imagine themselves real but would have no physical form, existing only within the simulation.”

There are many situations that prove to be glitches in the simulation, for example: Deja Vu, or the Mandela Effect. Deja Vu is the feeling of having already experienced something. The Mandela Effect is a phenomenon where a large portion of the population misremembers a specific event or memory of an event that didn’t actually happen.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, is also a large believer of the simulation theory.

“The odds that we are living our lives in base reality — that is, “real” reality — is one in billions.”

Musk continues to explain how life as we know it is warped, and we don’t even know it. If somehow, someway, civilization is completely wiped from the face of the earth, we are left with different reasonings behind why.

“Either we’re going to create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will cease to exist.”

So to sum it all up, we’re all living within a simulation where nothing is real.

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