364 days until the next Christmas. But who’s counting?
The holiday season is all but over, but there is still a lingering seasonal cheer that will remain present for another week or so. So we will all have to bear with the optimistic, happy-go-lucky Facebook posts for a few more days until everyone returns back to their miserable selves.
But why wait until then? Why not squash that holiday cheer while I have the ability? I have a blog, after all, and that’s what blogs are for — demolishing everybody’s hopes and dreams. Including my own.
Allow me to pose a question to you all. During times when you weren’t being influenced by marijuana, have you ever taken a step back and thought about your existence? Have you ever pondered whether everything around us is real, or if it is all a computer simulation?
Well, I haven’t either. At least not until recently, when I read this article. In 2003, Oxford physicist Nick Bostrom — who is a hell of a lot smarter than you and I will ever be — published a paper, and came to this conclusion:
“We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.”
Now let’s take a step back before we carry on any further. This physicist didn’t just propose the idea that we may be living inside of a simulation, nor did he even say that we are maybe living inside of a computer simulation. He said we are almost certainly living inside of a computer simulation.
As in, he is positive.
We’ve all seen the Matrix. We’ve at least wondered at some point if it was conceivable. But then we snap out of it after a few seconds and realize that there are much more important things to worry about. And we don’t think about it ever again.
But now there is a team of researchers who are spending their time attempting to actually prove it. Using science.
To be honest, it may seem crazy. But to me, their rationale is actually pretty sensible to me. Just think about it — we’d be extremely naive to think that our existence is the only one in the universe. It would be one of the most naive thoughts imaginable.
So if there are other worlds, then whose to say that they’re not far more technologically advanced than we are? Maybe they’re lightyears ahead of us in that field. And if that’s the case, then why can’t they create existences within a computer. And why can’t it be us?
At the end of the day, none of this really matters though. Even if we are in a computer, how will that affect us? It’s still our reality, real or not.
Also, the article states that scientists are attempting to prove this on an extremely small scale. They will create a model that is the size of a nucleus of an atom, and test to see if the energy of their model matches the energy in our universe. Essentially, even if they prove themselves “right,” it doesn’t seem like it’ll be enough evidence to convince the masses.
And it is pretty hilarious that they are actually devoting time and money to do this. While it is an interesting and thought-provoking subject, it’s probably not one worth pursuing. At least not right now. And if we are in a computer, I’d probably rather not know about it.
Although, if somebody like Kim Kardashian can be deleted with a simple push of the backspace button, than I actually am all for it.
So go back to enjoying your holidays, and humming Christmas carols and starting at your decorated Christmas tree. Keep doing all of that stuff.
But if I just instilled even the slightest semblance of doubt in your mind that we may not actually exist, then it was all worth it.