Ten weirdest cosmology theories: In print today. In Fluffo’s litterbox tomorrow
|August 14, 2006||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
Here’s a link to the 10 weirdest cosmology theories (that New Scientist is prepared to take seriously enough to publish), and yes they are weird. Here’s one:
10. In the Matrix
Maybe our universe isn’t real. Yale Philosopher Nick Bostrum has claimed that we are probably living inside a computer simulation. Assuming it ever becomes possible to simulate consciousness, then presumably future civilisations would try it, probably many times over. Most perceived universes would be simulated ones – so chances are we are in one of them. In that case, perhaps all those cosmological oddities such as dark matter and dark energy are simply patches, stuck on to cover up early inconsistencies in our simulation.
Right, prof. Right. Uhhh …
Now, I don’t mind a bit of fun, like anyone else. I thought the turtles all the way down theory was okay, actually, except for the giant turtles. If they could get rid of that part, …
But I find intriguing the fact that the type of people who take this stuff seriously would probably oppose allowing teenagers to learn that there are evidence-based problems with Darwinism.
I am really looking forward to a reputable social scientist doing a serious study on who believes Darwinism and why, and what else they are prepared to believe.