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#1 +zhiVago

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:57

Yes, we may all be living in the Matrix, say physicists

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German scientists say they've found a way to tell whether or not our universe is a giant computer simulation - and that there's evidence to suggest that it is.

The basis of the idea is that, if the universe is a simulation, then it would have certain observable constraints.

The laws of physics, which appear continuous, would have to be superimposed onto a discrete three-dimensional lattice which advances in steps of time.

This lattice spacing, says Professor Silas Beane of the University of Bonn, would impose an otherwise unnecessary limit on the energy that particles can have, because nothing can exist that is smaller than the lattice itself.

And, he says, precisely such a a cut-off in the spectrum of high energy particles exists: a limit to the energy of cosmic rays known as the Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin (GZK) cut-off. High energy particles interacting with the cosmic microwave background lose energy as they travel across long distances.

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Cosmic rays offer clue our universe could be a computer simulation

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If recent measurements of cosmic ray particles are correct, then we may have the first evidence that the universe as we know it is really a giant computer simulation.

Humans have explored the laws of our universe for many years now, and it's not uncommon to hear people talk about how amazing it is that certain fundamental values are just right for life to exist. Some people have wondered if that's because the whole universe is actually some kind of sandbox simulation, and we're merely characters in some cosmic game of The Sims. If that's true, then there should be a point where we start to bump up against the edges of the simulator, like Jim Carrey's character escaping from The Truman Show -- and now a team of physicists think that a particular measurement of some cosmic ray particles might be the first such indication of one of those edges.

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#2 Co-ords

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:12

LOL! Love it

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 19:04

God is an automaton!

Now, whether, if we were ever to prove, even discover, such a matrix, it would be because we had been ultimately allowed (or expected) to do so (by "the GM") or because this matrix has malfunctioned - and if so, whether on its own nature or because of a third party - and if so, whether it's benevolent, uninterested, evil or of blue/orange mentality altogether? And will we be forcibly stopped (with a reboot, perhaps) anywhere mid-point or right before the realization of the apex?

And once we find it, it'll have to go.

Yes, I like this more than most other things :)

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 23:25

If the world around us is a virtual simulation you can think of the real world in the same way as you would a video game. The definition of a boundary in a video game is a place that developers do not want the player to go, mostly because of lack of content. What happens when you no clip and continue going in the same direction? You go into a void, that could feasibly explain away the universe expanding into nothing.

Are they saying this test, if its correct, means that if you could go to the edge of the universe you couldn't walk through it? I thought we already proved that because the universe is expanding faster than the speed of light?

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 23:36

If the world around us is a virtual simulation you can think of the real world in the same way as you would a video game. The definition of a boundary in a video game is a place that developers do not want the player to go, mostly because of lack of content. What happens when you no clip and continue going in the same direction? You go into a void, that could feasibly explain away the universe expanding into nothing.

Are they saying this test, if its correct, means that if you could go to the edge of the universe you couldn't walk through it? I thought we already proved that because the universe is expanding faster than the speed of light?


You get to the edge and you need to buy more DLC.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 23:45

You get to the edge and you need to buy more DLC.


Haha. You made my water go up my nose. :rofl:

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 23:59

Computer... end program.


Hmm, what's the password?

#8 netwokz

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 00:15

Computer... end program.


Hmm, what's the password?


isn't it "password"?

#9 Melfster

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 00:20

I have to say this is BS. This all assumes simulation works like a computer simulation but we have no idea and there is no way to prove it either way.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 15:27

Pure conjecture. You humans waist so much of your finite existence on trivial things.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 15:34

It must run on windows 7, it's not that often I look up and see a bluescreen :p

#12 Arceles

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 15:36

Pure conjecture. You humans waist so much of your finite existence on trivial things.


Those tiny things have let the mankind into what it is now O_O

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 15:54

Pure conjecture. You humans waist so much of your finite existence on trivial things.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 15:59

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 16:04

So that would mean when/if the world ends, it's either the result of the decay of the HDD, end of program parameters, someone tampering(hacking) the system or whoever(14yr old hacker) programmed the system is doing a reboot. Science at it's best. :huh: