There is a “1-in-3 chance we are in a simulation.” Brobible recently had an article stating some scientists think exactly that. A 1-in-3 chance we’re simulated. It’s what we want to hear. Isn’t it easier to think this is someone else’s game, as the saying goes? We’re not messing up the environment, it’s the program! A 1-in-3 chance? seems to me those are pretty good odds. ; )
Get with the program, will be our new motto.
The natural order is ordered by what? how?
In the meantime, speaking of natural order, check out this mobile phone video of migratory birds over Bordeaux (France). Nature organizes itself … It’s from Figaro LIVE — from the French newspaper Le Figaro. There is some audio in French but really, the visual is enough… It’s not an argument about whether the natural order is the product of randomness or divine intelligence. Turns out we don’t really understand what either of those concepts means.
Meanwhile, Steve Bannon calls for the beheading of Dr. Fauci and the FBI director Christopher Wray. No comment.
How deep does it go?
So the issue is really this: if we are in a simulation, does that mean EVERYTHING is simulated: all the objects, but also all our feelings, subjective meanderings, affections — everything? Apparently…
This topic is now so popular and timely there are many books and videos available. For instance astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks of it frequently. You may already be aware of Rizwan Virk’s book The Simulation Hypothesis, but if not, here is an image of the cover. Click on that to read more details.
Here’s an amplification of the title, as advertised at Amazon:
The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are In a Video Game.
Brothers to sisters, simulacra and simulation
Of course the conversation about simulations had gone on for better part of a half century. It really accelerated with the work of Jean Baudrillard, hyper-intellectual French writer. His book Simulacra and Simulation, pictured below, rendered a new vision and led among other things, to The Matrix films with Keanu Reeves. The Wachowski sisters Lana and Lilly — Wachowski brothers Larry and Andy at the time — acknowledged the debt to Baudrillard. In fact the book appears in the film.
Back to Wallace Stevens
The core idea of Simulacra and Simulation — expressed also in Baudrillard’s other works — is that we live in a fiction. He focuses on mechanisms of how our minds manufacture the fiction. American poet Wallace Stevens drafted this vision in the 1950s in poems such as Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird, and The emperor of ice cream.
Let be be the finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
(Wallace Stevens, The emperor of ice cream.)
We are co-conspirators with the intent of the fiction and its victims, said Baudrillard. Reality is manufactured with our consent, though we no longer know to what. Simulacra are objects which render something as if it were real, but the original no longer exists, or never existed at all. Simulation manufactures a world– that is, it has meaning and it is suggestive — of which there is no original version.
The investigation into the idea that virtuality is really how the world is, takes another step in the work of Robert Lanza, a biologist. Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death poses more profound scientifically-based questions. “Science is increasingly pointing toward an infinite universe but has no ability to explain what that really means. Concepts such as time, space, and even causality are increasingly being demonstrated as meaningless.” (from the Amazon presentation on this 2017 book)