Conspiracy #4: Simulation Theory
















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What if we told you that your existence is fabricated and manufactured by machines. The idea of simulation theory at its core is quite simple, we are living in a computer generated simulation. This theory has regained prominence due to figures such as Elon Musk, entertaining the idea.  “This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends; you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.”


Swedish Philosopher Nick Bostrom is one of the most well known figures to come up when looking up this theory as he wrote an entire paper on the subject in 2003. This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) The human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) Any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.

See: Are You Living in a Simulation?

theory #2: MIT computer SCIENTIST on ‘the simulation hypothesis’

Rizwan Virk (MIT Computer Scientist) wrote a book ‘The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are In a Video Game’ Rizwan states these theories “The basic idea is that everything we see around us, including the Earth and the universe, is part of a very sophisticated MMORPG (a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game) and that we are players in this game. The hypothesis itself comes in different forms.” “In one version, we’re all A.I. within a simulation that’s running on somebody else’s computer. In another version, we are “player characters,” conscious things that exist outside the simulation and we inhabit characters, just like you might take on the character of an elf or dwarf in a fantasy RPG.”

The Simulation Hypothesis: are we living in a video game?

theory #3: plato discusses a precursor to the idea of simulation theory know as “the allegory of the cave”

In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato distinguishes between people who mistake sensory knowledge for the truth and people who really do see the truth. It goes like this:

The Game

  • Plato suggests that the prisoners would begin a ‘game’ of guessing which shadow would appear next.
  • If one of the prisoners were to correctly guess, the others would praise him as clever and say that he were a master of nature.

The Escape

  • One of the prisoners then escapes from their bindings and leaves the cave.
  • He is shocked at the world he discovers outside the cave and does not believe it can be real.
  • As he becomes used to his new surroundings, he realizes that his former view of reality was wrong.
  • He begins to understand his new world, and sees that the Sun is the source of life and goes on an intellectual journey where he discovers beauty and meaning
  • He sees that his former life, and the guessing game they played, is useless.

 The Return

  • The prisoner returns to the cave, to inform the other prisoners of his findings.
  • They do not believe him and threaten to kill him if he tries to set them free.

The idea of the comparisons of the two theories is that this is a more dated version of simulation theory, in which people are led to believe that what they see is their reality. 

Allegory of the Cave by Plato – Summary and Meaning

theory #4: elon musk’s view on simulation

In 2016 Elon Musk spoke at a code conference referencing our progress on digital simulation “Forty years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were. Now 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, we’ll have augmented reality,” said Musk. “If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality.”

theory #5: the fermi paradox

Do you ever wonder why humans have not come in contact with aliens yet? In the vast, unimaginable size of the universe, why are there not more signs of intelligent life out there? Welcome to the Fermi Paradox. Named after the Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi, the Fermi Paradox is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial civilizations and various high estimates for their probability, ie, the Drake Equation. Perhaps there are no aliens in this simulation? In this current reality, the easiest thing to do for the people behind the simulation is to simply simulate life in just one place in the universe. The universe might have just been created for us.

Photo Credit: UNSW Student Space Projects

theory #6: Code found in String Theory

MIT Theoretical physicist James Gates has made a discovery that allegedly caused Neil deGrasse Tyson to sit down in shock. Now for the uninitiated, superstring theory is a concept that could unify all aspects of physics if proven right. While working on his superstring theory, he made an odd discovery. Gates claims to have identified what appears to be actual computer code embedded in the equations of string theory that describe the fundamental particles of our universe. In short, he found “error-correcting codes,” the same error-correcting codes that you might find on the web browser you are using right now. 

Do you ever experience something and think to yourself, “This can’t be real.” To some people who have bought into the notion that our reality is currently being simulated, there are examples all around us, that demonstrate glitches in our current perception of time and place. Deja Vu? Ghosts? The Mandela Effect? These could all be direct examples of flaws in the simulation. Let us know what you think in the poll below!

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