Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The Entire Universe Could Be Fake Just Like The Matrix (Say Top Scientists)

rexfeatures_1934701c.jpg

You might want to sit down for this.

The world, and indeed, life as we know it could be a great big lie. From the chair that you’re currently sitting in to the weird smell that seems to hover around your fridge, none of it is real.

It might sound like the crazed musings of a conspiracy theorist, but according to top physicists it’s a lot more plausible than you might first think.

Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom, who has spoken extensively about the subject, compared the scenario to that of the Keanu Reeves bulletfest, The Matrix, saying: “Instead of having brains in vats that are fed by sensory inputs from a simulator, the brains themselves would also be part of the simulation.”

“It would be one big computer program simulating everything, including human brains, right down to neurons and synapses.”

Essentially meaning that we’re all just walking, talking simulations. Which is terrifying.

Proof of the claims apparently lie in the way that our universe obeys very strict mathematical laws – similar in many ways to that of a computer program.

One piece of evidence that apparently lends the theory weight is the manner in which the energy of cosmic rays cuts off when it reaches a specific limit (known as the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuzmin (GZK)).

This replicates what would be expected to happen in a computer simulation of reality, which would be built around lattice spacing that imposes a limit on the amount of energy that particles can have.

However, leading cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence Marvin Minsky explained to the MailOnline that the ability to distinguish between the two alternate realities is probably unlikely, “Unless the programmer has made some slips – if you notice that some laws of physics aren’t quite right, or if you find rounding-off errors.” 

So, best get looking for those errors. Or relax, and carry on believing the lie...

[Via: MailOnline]

Related

drone2.jpg

Drone delivers drugs to prison, fight breaks out

1.jpg

The Fantastic Four interviewed: “Really being in the Fantastic Four wo

shatner1.jpg

William Shatner talks Nasa, nuclear weapons & climate change

2.jpg

Why Bus Drivers Are The Real Heroes Of The London Tube Strike

briancox.jpg

Brian Cox asks: are we alone in the universe?

charge2.jpg

How to make your phone charge faster

Comments

More

Everyone’s mocking Nigel Farage’s 'Dunkirk' photo-op

This was almost too easy

by Tom Victor
26 Jul 2017

Check out the exclusive new trailer for 'Logan Lucky'

This is the summer's next big hit

by Gary Ogden
24 Jul 2017

What happened to Ivan Drago after 'Rocky IV'?

Stallone's teased he'll feature in 'Creed II, but what's he been up to?

by Carl Anka
24 Jul 2017

The very best 'so-bad-they're-good' movies you absolutely need to see

Thought 'The Room' was bad? You ain't seen nothing yet

by Gary Ogden
21 Jul 2017

13 films with 0% on Rotten Tomatoes that are worth watching

How dare Kevin and Perry Go Large get 0%?!

by Gary Ogden
21 Jul 2017

Watch the trailer for 'The Disaster Artist', the film about 'The Room'

James Franco steps into Tommy Wiseau's infamous boots

by Gary Ogden
18 Jul 2017

The 90% or higher-rated Rotten Tomatoes films you've never seen before

Hidden gems you have to add to your list

by Carl Anka
18 Jul 2017

Why the 'Planet of The Apes' series is the best trilogy of the century

The prequel series is that rarest of things: a trilogy without a dud

by Carl Anka
18 Jul 2017

An immersive Star Wars hotel is coming and it looks amazing

Like a Star Wars-themed Westworld - but real

by Gary Ogden
17 Jul 2017

George A. Romero, creator of Night of the Living Dead, dies at 77

Fans and celebrities have paid tribute to him on Twitter

by Gary Ogden
17 Jul 2017