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A Real Universe?

Postby vivian maxine on September 5th, 2016, 8:11 am 

Is the universe just a computer simulation? This is an old question with more recent ideas from BBC News. Plenty of videos along with the written thoughts of modern-day scientists.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160901 ... 2016_earth
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Re: A Real Universe?

Postby TheVat on September 5th, 2016, 9:23 am 

viewtopic.php?nomobile=1&f=129&t=23191&p=226026&hilit=bostrom#p226026

Several threads may be of interest...I pulled out this one.
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Re: A Real Universe?

Postby vivian maxine on September 5th, 2016, 9:40 am 

Braininvat » September 5th, 2016, 8:23 am wrote:http://www.sciencechatforum.com/viewtopic.php?nomobile=1&f=129&t=23191&p=226026&hilit=bostrom#p226026

Several threads may be of interest...I pulled out this one.


Thanks, Biv. That is good. I knew it was an old question with similar answers but I thought it well-written for us amateurs.

My favourite paragraph is near the end of the article. It ties in with Sisyphus's opening comment. From today's article:

"It is surely no coincidence that many advocates of the "universal simulation" idea attest to being avid science-fiction fans in their youth. This might have inspired them to imagine futures and alien intelligences, but it may also have predisposed them to cast such imaginings in human terms: to see the cosmos through the windows of the Starship Enterprise."
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Re: A Real Universe?

Postby vivian maxine on September 5th, 2016, 10:32 am 

Hmmm? Maybe it's just coincidence. The author of the article is Philip Ball. The author of "The Music Instinct" (which sits on my shelf) is Philip Ball. I just checked and he has written several other science books. "The Music Instinct" is well-written and good reading. I've not read any others.

As I said, maybe just a coincidence in names but I don't think so. Just found this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Ball

Among other things, he writes for Nature, for BBC and many other publications.

All right. I'll stop.
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