US scientist: 'ghosts' could be evidence of a simulated universe

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by Gianluca Riccio

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US scientist: 'ghosts' could be evidence of a simulated universe

We have often asked ourselves this question, even on this blog: what if everything around us isn't as real as we believe? Imagine for a second that the planet we live on, the solar system, our galaxy and ultimately the entire universe that we see as infinite is actually nothing more than a simulation.

This is a recent and controversial theory: a simulated universe, proof of which would be small ripples here and there. Among these, the phenomena that some perceive and qualify as 'ghosts'.

This is what the computer scientist claims Curry Guinn from North Carolina University. Guinn's idea is rather speculative: “We all experience the world delivered to us in terms of a 3-pound package of fat, protein and salt water, the brain, wired in a way that creates our sense of reality."

Simulated universe

Of course. This proves nothing, however.

I mean, it certainly doesn't prove that humanity is part of a simulated universe, a kind of scientific experiment in which everything is predetermined.

In any case, Guinn puts forward as proof the fact that there are phenomena of a different nature (Déjà vu, ghosts, diplopia and strange coincidences). It would actually be flaws in the 'Matrix', I don't know how else to say it.

Guinn, however, is not the only one to support this thesis. I've pointed this out in the past the beliefs of Elon Musk and the projections we make about ourselves: our species is already capable of building simulations of some kind, and their potential poses new doubts. If we are capable, someone before us may have created an even more detailed simulation, of which we may be part of.

Simulated universe: either we are part of it, or we will create one, or los dos

The theses of Guinn and Musk, as is well known, derive from the theories set out in a scientific article by Nick bostrom, a well-known (and controversial) philosopher. Bostrom's theory suggests that there is a very high possibility that we live in a computer simulation.

According to computer scientists, video game developers will catapult us into a new direction where we will challenge the limits of what we previously considered impossible. “We will inevitably create realities that are indistinguishable from this reality,” Guinn says.

The example he poses: Does a sentient (or nearly so) AI found in a complex and realistic video game realize that he is simply the character of a video game? Probably not.

I can't argue, I'm honest.