We are the Sims
Posted 30 September 2011 - 12:51 PM
Depending who you ask, there’s a 20 to 50 percent chance that you’re living in a computer simulation. Not like The Matrix, exactly – the virtual people in that movie had real bodies, albeit suspended in weird, pod-like things and plugged into a supercomputer. Imagine instead a super-advanced version of The Sims, running on a machine with more processing power than all the minds on Earth. Intelligent design? Not necessarily. The Creator in this scenario could be a future fourth-grader working on a science project.
Posted 30 September 2011 - 01:38 PM
Posted 30 September 2011 - 02:21 PM
“Nothing is more imminent than the impossible . . . what we must always foresee is the unforeseen.”
Posted 30 September 2011 - 09:43 PM
there was an episode of Deep Space Nine with a village on a planet, the people lived, grew old, died, ect...but turned out to all be holograms.
those two are the most notable in my mind fitting this idea.
Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:23 AM
Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:21 AM
Its just as bad as saying, "God did it" only its "a computer programmer outside our universe did it"
Posted 01 October 2011 - 11:42 AM
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:40 PM
in Reboot that would be like the things living in the computer, only on a more divine level, living things are remnant matter following a kind of copy pattern to more complex forms which serve a function on the cosmic level (like data storage, clean up, data process observation units) which would be the gods, celestial beings, cosmic forces, and life is the matter the tiny extra data attempting to also copy the same forms but instead going its own way in the system with out direct function to the over-all system, but in its own way having its own function at its level...but probably thinking or trying to have importance on a larger scale like the intentional designs it unintentionally copying.
...hmmm...thats not Reboot, I wander if thats been done before, maybe a videogame somewhere, where the universe turns out to be fake and the people are just extra data floating around and there was some "god" trying to delete them as its a virus clean up program and mistook like for a virus.
that last "like" was meant to be "life": I can't edit posts.
but of course if I type a new post in less than a minute of the old post it merges and makes my last sentence look weird.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 10:17 AM
Posted 02 October 2011 - 10:27 AM
Physically, it's a fun thing to banter about. Psychologically/emotional/'logically', aren't we all potentially just a figment of a god's imagination, anyway? Do we necessarily have to be plugged in somewhere for us to be living in an imaginary world presided over by some higher intelligence, whether divine or other?
the things that populate my dreams (when they aren't chasing me or whatever other sundry activities that go on in that realm), would those then be random errors in the datastream of 'consciousness'? If this is all simulated, then at what point does somebody either release it to production or ctrl+alt+del the program? What about upgrades?
can a dream dream?
DO androids dream of electric sheep?
As far as percentages, who knows. 1% = 100% if the other 99% are wrong, so that's just a matter of perspective.
brings up the visual at the end of the Men in Black movies. i know, not as highbrow as Neo Christ or anything, but still amusing.
hrm, the above statement proves that i still possess more words than thoughts. I shall lurk another few years until something relevant avails itself..
Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:17 PM
I played 1 and 2 but if 3 is like that I'll have to get it.
You trying to refer to Star Ocean 3, Rhuen?
can a dream dream?
DO androids dream of electric sheep?
I Robot. (the movie) A Robot dreams due to some form of higher technological evolution.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:19 PM
Had others where I went to sleep in the dream and then woke up.
Reminds me of a movie whose title I can't remember; there was a woman who had two lives, one in the city as a buisiness woman, the other as a suburban house wife, both lives felt completly real, and she'd switch between them when she went to sleep at night; and in fact in both worlds there were therapists telling her the other was fake and based on some psychological missing need she was feeling deep inside.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 05:43 PM
Star Trek the Next Generation did a few episodes like this, one where the hologram actually left the Holodeck on its own *and with out a personal projector like the later Doctor from Voyager would need*, and it turned out the program got a glitch that made that world real *that or Q did it, I forget*. and Riker made the comment about what if the real universe was just a program sitting on someone's desk.
I believe you are thinking about Moriarty when he gained awareness and took over the ship, and they tricked him by putting him in the simulation he believed to be real.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 05:49 PM
Actually, in Star Ocean 3, the "god" was just the head of the gaming company that designed the universe, and he wanted to delete everything because humans started studying how to use in-game "magic" ("symbology") to modify DNA. The intent was to forcibly erase everything, then start from scratch, with three (out of 8) of the player-characters being the only ones capable of doing anything to stop it.
Maybe, I'll have to go look that game up; I remembered hearing something like it in a review somewhere of RPGs.