The idea that we originated from a software of a complex computer simulation is likely to have more dizzying psychological, ethical, and philosophical assumptions and predictions than any other metaphysical speculation.
Although It only now seems possible to make such sophisticated machines to make the universe, it is not a new idea. The ancient sages used to speculate that, “The solid matter that we see around us is more likely some type of graphical user interference(GUI) that has been created from a master programmer’s mind.
In the 18th century, George Berkely, a British empiricist, had provided the theory of immaterialism. This theory (also known as subjective idealism) has a similar idea.
We see many varieties of the simulation creationism theory in Science Fiction movies, novels, etc. A classic example would be the Hallucinatory sci-fi of Philip K. Dick.
Zohreh Davoudi, a physicist at the University of Maryland, spoke about simulation creationism theory at TED-Ed. This lesson was animated by Eoin Duffy. She started the lesson with a quote from Dick’science fiction, “We are living in a cardboard universe, and you may fall through if you lean too long or too heavily against it.”
This frequently happens in Dick’s world. If our universe is simulated reality rather than base reality, how can we come out from the simulation? The theory seems to be possible. Zohreh Davoudi tried to theorize the scientific evidence to explain the way to find whether our universe is simulated or not.
This simulation is most likely to have some glitches. The simulators to fix the errors could adjust the laws’ constants of nature. The current instruments could not detect these changes. The heuristic revision could get the signal through these tiny shifts.
The use of subatomic particles is another theoretical approach to detect the godlike computer’s limits of power.
If we find out these shifts, would we prove the simulation creationism?
NO. Before any such shifts happen, Our entire species could have come and gone. It is less likely that the chosen beneficiaries of this simulated universe are human beings. We may be their prototypes. Someone would have the side project to create our solar system. Presumably, The simulator would be monitoring us. So they would prevent us from figuring it out.
Davoudi asks, “Why would the godlike computer or great computer have anything matching our machines’ computational limitations.
If it exists outside the universe and created our universe’s laws, It is more likely that it exists in another universe and their universe has different laws. We might never know and understand the laws of their universe.
It is not going to be easy for you to watch the other simulation video embedded below from Kurzgesagt after imaging the idea of a Simulated Universe. But now, you might visualize the concept a bit more possible and unsettling than before.
Here is one example – On the work of Nick Bostrom, Elon Musk suggested that the simulators are the hyper-sophisticated future humans rather than like any extra-dimensional beings running their past’s slim versions.
It is just like the philosophical equivalent of “a picture within a picture,” i.e., mise en abyme. Because the ancestor simulations run on other planets creating their simulated universe, ship them off-world, and so forth.
One can go down this rabbit hole as far as he wants. You have another option to kick a heavy object near to you and shout, ” I refute it thus!” as Samuel Johnson did after hearing the claim of Bishop Berkeley that matter didn’t exist.