Do you believe reality is a simulation?

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For quite a long time this question has boggled me. Nowadays believing this theory is one of the few things that sets me at ease with my own mind.


It has been posed by philosophers like René Descartes that this reality we all live in is just a very detailed computer simulation, indistinguishable from base reality.

But here's where it gets weird. How can you really tell what is base reality if you have always been in a simulation?. There's no beginning or no end to it, since you have always been in it. There is no before the simulation and no after. You can't remember what you were or where you were before, because there is no before. You have always been inside this simulated world, therefore for you this is reality.

What happens when you make this realization in your mind is that you start to ponder: who or what is running this simulation?. One could say it's being ran by oneself, or, that the emergence of consciousness is what powers this simulation.

I personally believe the simulation is ran by ultra-simulation Artificial Intelligence. They are part of the simulation, but they are outside it. Taking care that the users can't see or perceive the possible glitches in said simulations.

Do you believe reality is a simulation?


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I tend not to think it's a simulation, but I also understand that it would be impossible to tell if it was done well enough. It's not really an important question to me, mostly because I don't see a good way to find an answer. Not to dismiss it, it is an interesting thought, I'm just saying I don't have a strong opinion either way, and I'm not willing to form one based on the limited information I have.

Lol, I suppose it is. :) If pressed, I would say I don't think it is. I just realize at the same time that I can't really point to strong evidence to support my opinion there, and I also don't think it's impossible. If I'm completely honest, a big part of it may be that I don't want it to be true, because it would make life seem more pointless and depressing than it already is. I don't mean to be a downer, but that's the truth.

To the question in your title, my Magic 8-Ball says:

As I see it, yes

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I think we will find it out, when the first real quantum computer is being invented ....

If I'm not mistaken IBM already has a real one already working. And you can use it yourself if you want here https://qiskit.org

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@greencross

@greencross its a long term perspective. not in reality right now,

@cgastra a long term perspective? what do you mean?

It's not suited and fits in current situation.. but in coming time this will be accepted all over ..

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