Do we live in a computer-generated simulation? And if so, what do we do about it?
Almost everyone knows the Matrix movies and the grey, dull life Neo is leading before he takes the infamous red pill. Some might’ve already seen the documentary: A Glitch in the Matrix by Rodney Asher, which takes a wide-angle look at simulation theory and its cultural impact.
Alexandre Bibeau-Delisle and Gilles Brassard from Montreal’s university published a probability calculation on the topic recently: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2020.0658.
In their mathematical model they included the possibility to simulate our thoughts and interactions with our environments with quantum computers and quantum operations. They also checked how much energy would be needed to run the simulation and if simulated beings would be able to run simulations themselves. They conclude chances are rather low and much less than 50% that we live in a simulation. The main factors for their conclusion are the extremely high effort to simulate that large number of intelligent beings and they believe the results would be error-prone. However, they are critical about the fact that we haven’t had any contact to extraterrestrial life yet and believe that might speak for us living in a simulation.
So, what now?
The whole simulation idea can be intriguing, as it makes you think about life as a game. And games have a lot of advantages when you look at how you approach them: Games give you the chance to try things — not only once, but over and over again. You become better. You level up. You feel successful. You might lose, but get going. You strive for the next challenge and overcome obstacles…
What keeps you from taking that mindset to your everyday life, where it makes sense?
Nobody says you should try to jump off a cliff or work out your world domination plot… But why not think a little more positively about the possibility that you will succeed? Why wouldn’t you tackle real-life endeavours with the same confidence as you approach reaching the next level of a game? Why would you let others define which way you go in the game? Why would setbacks keep you inactive for days?
Set yourself free and get to achieve what you want to achieve for yourself and your life. For that, it also doesn’t really matter if we do or do not live in a simulation. It doesn’t get more real than this!
What’s your game plan? Write me at carolin @ freedomxx.com