The idea of vast and life-like virtual realities has been around for years. Remember Star Trek's holodeck? and the omniscient 'Q' who would manipulate reality for his own amusement? And anyone who has managed to reach the end of the epic six-book saga of Dune, written by Frank Herbert, won't be able to forget the ending that seems to imply an old couple pruning roses in their garden somehow were orchestrating the whole thing. Many fans got upset about the ending, which is funny since the saga is fictional anyway!
But computer simulation theory is real in itself – it occupies the minds of theoretical physicists. Recently a team in Oxford, UK, have come to the conculsion that we can't possibly be in a simulation. Their reasoning is based on the task of simulating gravitational anomalies in metals. They found that the complexity of writing a simulation for the way quantum particles appear to behave grew exponentially with the number of particles being simulated. The researchers quickly realised that to simulate just a few hundred particles would require a computer memory bank that is bigger than all the atoms in the Universe. Sorry Elon, you'll have to think again. Yet the 'believers' do have one last word (and it strikes me that this kind of magical thinking is frustratingly unassailable): if our world is a simulation, the laws of our Universe don't have to apply outside of it. In other words, the ones who created our virtual reality may have vast and unimaginable computing power. Looks like this debate will run and run!!!
To go back to the guys in Silicon Valley. The idea of billionnaires desperately trying to find a way to break out of a virtual world is quite amusing. It sums up a mindset that would spend billions trying to escape, rather than putting their wealth towards looking after the real planet on which we live. And if they could just for a moment sit down, take a breath and allow themselves to experience reality as it is, then they would understand that 'escape' is not necessary. Masters, gurus and yogis have been telling us time and again that the world is an illusion. They've been saying this for thousands of years! Richard Bach wrote about it in an entertaining way in Illusions. The world is not real – but consciousness is. We are part of that consciousness. Don't take it from me – the only way to understand is to experience it.
Russell Brand has some interesting things to say about this subject – check out his recent video on Youtube.
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