I remember having a conversation once with a friend of mine about what we were doing with our lives and he said, “well, it doesn’t really matter anyway. This whole thing is just a simulation.”
Huh? I was dumbfounded.
He explained that life is actually just a simulation and that everything is predetermined.
I listened carefully, told him that he was full of sh*t, and then finished my drink.
But I guess some people really do believe that…
Folks on AskReddit discussed what glitches we might have missed if life turns out to be one big simulation. Let’s take a look.
1. Think about it.
“The “Observer effect” in quantum mechanics. When something is in multiple states at the same time and when you measure/watch it, you force it to take a state.
Just looks like a computer saving resources by not loading useless sh*t
edit: I got that there’s probably something behind and it’s not actually the fact we’re watching it that does something.
But if tomorrow we were able to prove we live in a simulation. Then this would have been a hint.”
2. I’m seeing things.
“The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.
When you learn something new it seems like you see it everywhere right after that.
Like a video game when you learn some new move then it is immediately applicable to your life.”
3. Light waves.
“The dual slit experiment.
Basically, light acts like a wave when you look at it
But if you look at light really really closely, you see it’s not a continuous wave but made of teeny little particles called “photons”.
These photons, when there’s loads of them, affect each other so they act in waves. Seems simple.
However, when you fire photons one at a time at a piece of card with two slits in it, they still act like they’re being affected by lots of other photons around them.
So whoever designed our simulation wanted to model light using waves, but it was too complex so made photons instead; the same way a “curve” in a video game is actually made of square pixels.
They never figured we’d get smart enough to experiment on individual pixels.”
4. Can’t prove it.
“Every field of study, including science, runs on assumptions that we can’t prove, and no matter how much research we do we end up with loose ends.
For example, we can’t prove that the “laws” of physics have always been the same. We just have to assume they’ve always been that way when we run our models.
My buddy (who just finished a PhD in material science) likes to say that when you go deep enough into research, you find out that everything we do, all the structures and theories and everything else, is resting on clouds of uncertainty.”
5. This looks familiar.
“Children who are convinced that they’ve lived before, and know sometimes verifiable facts about the person they think they were.”
6. Already convinced.
“Constant speed of light.
Quantized space, time and energy.
Slowing down time as speed increases.
No information out of event horizons.
Increasing quantization at higher energy levels.
I’m convinced we are in a simulation already.”
7. What are the odds?
“The fact that the moon and the sun can just about perfectly eclipse each other.
What are the odds that the moon and sun would be the sizes they are and distances from the earth that they are to allow that to happen?”
8. Can you explain it?
“Being depressed despite any reason.
I have a perfect family, I am annoyingly optimistic, I do everything and yet, here I am.
It’s like someone is just pushing the “Be more depressed” button for sh*ts and giggles.”
9. Reset button.
“I have epilepsy and I swear when I have a seizure it feels like I have been reset. It’s the strangest thing.
I feel tired but it legit feels like my body is booting up. Like my seizure was a deletion of unneeded data, an update and a reboot.”
10. They’re everywhere!
“I’m sure it’s been said already and this comment will be hidden under others but…doppelgängers!”
11. It is quite odd…
One time I will literally fall face first into the ground and be fine, then I will maybe just accidentally walk into a table with my toe and start planning my funeral already.”
12. Let that sink in…
“Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.
Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both were shot in the head.
Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas.
Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners.
Both successors were named Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names. Both names are comprised of fifteen letters.
Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse. Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.”
Okay, now it’s your turn.
In the comments, please tell us what things you think might prove that we’re living in a simulation.
We’d love to hear from you!