Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch

Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else’s hobby. I hadn’t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims. But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.

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One Response to Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch

  1. cantueso says:

    I had also thought of that. Also, when watching a drop of water fall from a tap, as it elongates and becomes pear-shaped before it falls, I sometimes thought there might be a universe inside.

    Since I am all the time asked to swallow all those ugly data about 3300 billion suns or 200000 billion years or whatever, there is no reason why in that drop of water there could not be a universe including a milky way and an Earth with a very advanced civilization where people write science fiction just as their universe falls down into my coffee (it was too hot to drink, had to add some cold).

    It seems to be all a question of sizes ?

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