Are We Living Inside A Computer Simulation?
Do you exist as one of the Sims? Are you trapped in the Matrix? Or living in Plato’s The Cave? As questioned by the legendary band Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody, “Is this the real life? Is it just fantasy?” Is our existence really just a type of simulation, some sort of dream or computer simulation, or is it real?
Well, nerds, science is dead set to disappoint anyone wanting to travel down the rabbit hole and meet the Queen of Hearts. A recent study in Scientific Advances by theoretical physicists Zohar Ringel and Dmitry Korvizhini claim to prove that our reality is concrete.
Somewhat by accident — the scientists were attempting to investigate gravitational anomalies using Monte Carlo simulations (yeah, just Google it) — the study claims to show that quantum anomalies dealing with space-time can’t be simulated. Meaning it’s just not possible to model physics as we know it on even the largest computer imaginable.
“When you do physics and you don’t know how to solve something, you say, maybe I can just have my computer solve it for me and that will give me some intuition,” Ringel said in an interview with the magazine Popular Science. The researchers discovered that every time they added a particle to their simulation, the complexity of the entire simulation doubled.
“If you see a phenomena that can’t be simulated by a classical computer, that means we can’t be part of a huge classical computer that is simulated while someone steals our energy, for example,” explained Ringel.
Unless we rework the fundamental understanding of our universe and reality, according to the study, the world we see is probably real.
Although maybe it’s just a dream…