What If the Earth Does Not Exist?




The simulation hypothesis proposes that all of the reality, including the earth and the universe, is in fact an artificial simulation, most likely a computer simulation. Some versions rely on the development of a simulated reality, a proposed technology that would seem realistic enough to convince its inhabitants. The hypothesis has been a central plot device of many science fiction stories and films.






If we do scientifically and socially confirm we live in a simulated universe I believe the programmers/creators will know that too. It believes they would let the experiment go on. The simulation would be a success in proving the power of conciseness even if simulated. It shows the mind, eventually will find the truth. The time it takes is irrelevant. True intelligence is knowing the truth. Will conciseness be content with an "it is what it is attitude", or will it relentlessly keep pushing to find the truth? Conciseness tested on all levels, fish, birds, apes, humans. I imagine the creators would compile tons of data but the paramount of the simulation would come when they realize that we realize them!




There is a long philosophical and scientific history to the underlying thesis that reality is an illusion. This skeptical hypothesis can be traced back to antiquity; for example, to the "Butterfly Dream" of Zhuangzi, or the Indian philosophy of Maya.




Many works of science fiction, as well as some forecasts by serious technologists and futurologists, predict that enormous amounts of computing power will be available in the future. Let us suppose for a moment that these predictions are correct. One thing that later generations might do with their super-powerful computers is run detailed simulations of their forebears or of people like their forebears. Because their computers would be so powerful, they could run a great many such simulations. Suppose that these simulated people are conscious (as they would be if the simulations were sufficiently fine-grained and if a certain quite widely accepted position in the philosophy of mind is correct.




Then it could be the case that the vast majority of minds like ours do not belong to the original race but rather to people simulated by the advanced descendants of an original race. It is then possible to argue that, if this were the case, we would be rational to think that we are likely among the simulated minds rather than among the original biological ones. Therefore, if we don’t think that we are currently living in a computer simulation, we are not entitled to believe that we will have descendants who will run lots of such simulations of their forebears.

Thanks to Wikipedia: Simulation Hypothesis

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