Is the universe a computer simulation?
|February 24, 2014||Posted by News under Cosmology, News|
Here, a rabbi notes,
I was reminded of this last week, when I read the New York Times article “Is the Universe a Simulation?” by Edward Frenkel. In his op-ed, Frenkel introduces a theory that the universe as we know it is merely a computer simulation, and, as such, we humans are in a position to discover the mathematical basis of that simulation.
As the physicists Silas R. Beane, Zohreh Davoudi and Martin J. Savage argue in their paper “Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation,” “…assuming that the universe is infinite and therefore the resources of potential simulators are finite… in principle there always remains the possibility for the simulated to discover the simulators.”
Is this just religion for nerds? A treat for the graphic artist?
Apart from the math and the graphics, how is “Is the universe a computer simulation?” different from “Is everything we experience a dream someone is having?”
There is no way to be sure we are living in reality and not simulation. But the onus is definitely on the person making simulation claims to demonstrate them unequivocally. Their version is much more complicated than a single reality without explaining anything further.
Follow UD News at Twitter!