Do we live in a Matrix-like make-up world?

The thought is hallucinatory. Do we live in a virtual world created by a highly technically advanced civilization? According to some philosophers, this is more likely than we live in a real world. What are the chances that we live in a Matrix-like world without realizing it?

A computer program may one day think, but does it exist?

I think therefore I am
This famous saying of the French philosopher René Descartes from the seventeenth century is the only basis we have to objectively determine that we exist. Whatever we are: a gray jelly in our skull, an immortal soul, part of a computer program somewhere in an unknown universe - that we exist in one form or another is certain. Although that existence may be an illusion, as Buddha stated. The problem is that you cannot apply this technique to others. You can't read the thoughts of others - although body language and psychological insight can get you quite far.

Do we live in a computer world?
We now know that computers can become powerful enough to create virtual worlds. Anyone who has ever played a graphically realistic computer game has, as it were, plunged into a world within our world. Computers are still rapidly increasing in capacity and computing power. In the medium to distant future, the 'original' universe will be filled with countless virtual civilizations. Chances are, these virtual worlds will contain sentient beings like you and me. Remarkably, Buddhism and Hinduism state that we live in such a virtual world.

According to Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom, who first used this argument, it is quite possible that our reality is in fact a simulation run by beings from a more advanced civilization. It is virtually impossible for us to find out whether we are living in a simulation. Only if the system administrator of the virtual world - let's call him God - decides to make his existence known, for example by floating a large text before our eyes with the text: you live in a computer simulation, according to Bostrom we would find out that we live in a virtual world. Another option is that we are uploaded by the operators to a body in their reality.

While we probably won't get to see any evidence - that would ruin the simulation after all - we may be able to find some hints to give us clues. Inconsistencies, disruptions in reality and the like. When a bunch of third-rate programmers finish a rush job, you inevitably see the signs of it.

Economist Robin Hanson thinks that chance is relatively small. As soon as evidence of this emerges, the system administrators will reset the simulation and erase the traces. Otherwise the game is over - although I can imagine that the game will become much more interesting ...

Zombie world
Hanson thinks there are many more small-scale simulations than large-scale simulations. He thinks he is the only person living in this simulation. All other people are dolls, zombies as it were. I believed this at one point when I was nine. However, it is extremely inefficient to set up a complex world simulation just for one test subject - the argument for me to put this thought aside. It is then much smarter to use many more test subjects. It is not that much more difficult - unless your world of experience is as limited as that of the average economist, of course.

Burglary to the brain
Now we are able to sort of read people's minds with brain electrodes and things like that. But unfortunately: we do not know what experience someone undergoes when a certain brain wave is stimulated. Although in theory you could scan areas of the brain so that you know which areas of the brain are involved in processing the brain wave. If it is the pleasure center in the pituitary gland, the associations are clearly different from when the center that arouses fear and pain is stimulated. Not very subtle, but that gives you a rough impression. Our increased knowledge of the brain also implies that we ourselves may be zombies. But still. Obviously our thoughts will be traced back to some physical "bedrock". That doesn't make our thoughts and feelings any less real. Whatever the source of our complexity, we are complex and that complexity is real. We think, so we exist.

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23 thoughts on “Leven we in een Matrix-achtige schijnwereld?”

  1. Everything we experience is just a picture in our consciousness that is (probably) generated by the brain. This applies to what we see, hear, feel, etc.
    So we don't experience the real world. Whatever is out there is completely different from what we experience.
    For example, there are no colors in the real world, but only electromagnetic radiation.
    Personally, I think it is possible that we are living in a simulation, although I do not think it is very likely (let's say 10%).
    Which, in my opinion, is more likely that we live in a make-believe world that arose naturally. You could say a reality that has all the characteristics of a simulation without anyone behind the controls.

  2. Organized matter, which processes and stores information from interactions with the environment, as a basis for new interactions with this environment. We are nothing special, but we feel it is necessary to be found special. We need this last described quality in nature again, in order to achieve a hierarchical position, which must ensure our reproduction and food supply as individuals. It is we ourselves who attribute such meanings to ourselves in order to reach a satisfying position, in a hopeless struggle for self-affirmation. In a balanced self-affirmation we find peace, until we collide with other organisms seeking tranquility that try to parasitize at the expense of others' hierarchical peace. There are hardly any life forms on earth that do not fight this battle. It is an evolved program, which I myself think is a prerequisite for life as an organic form itself. For this reason we cannot be a matrix, the program is characteristic for substance-bound organisms like us. All conditions and interactions are motivated and only meaningful to organisms.

  3. Quite an interesting article in itself.
    Maybe it doesn't necessarily have to be a virtual world,
    but that there is a gap between reality and our perception of it is certain.

  4. This world is a very advanced holographic 3D projection.
    Our senses are very limited to give us a sense of reality.
    If we could experience the world as it really is, we would see it as an energetic interdimensional projection. And that the I who perceives this is not here. Just ask yourself who or what you really are, or where your consciousness is located.
    Then most people will say up in their heads.
    At the top of your head is the pineal gland, which is located in a small space of fluid. In this fluid there are crystals with which we communicate interdimensionally with our higher self.

    Can write about this for hours, but think most of this is already over the top.
    Doesn't matter, be critical, don't believe anything;)

    1. We live in three parallel worlds at the same time, I think those crystals are necessary to be able to make a connection with magnetic, weak and strong forces.

  5. I believe we are spirit beings temporarily "playing" humans but not that the world and all matter are not real.
    We can, however, exert more influence on the matter surrounding us than we can imagine.
    A trick like Jesus played with turning water into wine or walking on water is not nonsense at all, but a sophisticated magic show with matter.

  6. I think we are gradually entering a 1984-esque society.
    The news is filtered and edited before it is released. We are afraid of disasters and enemies (Al Qaeda). The past is changed where we assist.
    The economy is presented more rosy than it is developing.

    The question is whether is part of this plot ;-)
    Or is a result of all that indoctrination and manipulation?

    1. I think we're pretty independent, Hans. There are Islamic fundamentalists who have extremely nasty ideas and want to kill for it. Besides al Qaeda, think of the Taliban, al-Shabaab in Somalia, the Janjaweed (founded by Gaddafi). And we pay attention to that.
      I have been to several Islamic countries and know that many Muslims have rather scary ideas.

      1. Germen, the last 2 sentences were a tease.

        I am not only referring to Islam, but also to issues such as climate change, sea level rise, swine flu, obesity, AIDS.
        Scaring works very well to keep the population in line (see 1984)

  7. You don't really have to be afraid of this. I was also scared at first, but then I realized that nothing would change in my life until I knew this. And everyone, don't be scared! Live the way you want to, live how you have always lived and how you think you are living well. Don't let that change now that you've read this.

  8. I honestly do not think that we live in a simulation at least it is natural but just how you look at it colors are also converted by our brains into something we know, but to call that a simulation right away, I think we can do it with a simulation. grain of salt. But whether it is a make-believe world or not when we all have fun when people are having fun, why would you still want to find out ??

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