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It’s one of those things we all want to be true. As if it would somehow make some sort of sense out of the universe. Can you really throw up an empirical experiment to test it as a hypothesis though? If all of reality is a construct, isn’t your experiment a piece of that construct? It reminds me of the famous wise man who said art doesn’t exist, because “The function of art is to hold the mirror up to nature, and there simply isn’t a mirror big enough.”

I’ve read books on this conjecture. Most argue “inexplicable” parallels between philosophy, religion, and video games — a series of rules, quests and side quests, karmic points, and cosmic power-ups. In fact, the universe is made of many small particles, like pixels on a computer. Since man created video games and computers, it’s very likely, therefore, we must be in a video game running on a giant computer (Rizwan Virk, 2019). Okay, I’m simplifying, but really, much like people sending radio waves out to the stars hoping to get a response, isn’t it more likely that using radio to send messages and video games for reality simulations isn’t some flash-in-the-pan step in the progression of technology the way smoke signals and the View Master were? I’m sure after we invent the next cool thing, the universe will suddenly personify that as well. Hey, wait, our eyes work almost exactly the same way cameras do! We must be robots!

For that matter, how do we not know Buddha’s Samsara, Aristotle’s determinism, Descartes’ rationalism, and Neitzche’s perspectives weren’t right all along and we’ve been wasting our time overthinking things for the past few centuries? After all, those were legitimate thinkers who didn’t have a compelling capitalism-driven need to spend all their time, and in some cases risk their lives, developing new theories of the nature of reality. Sure, their societies were less advanced because they didn’t have cool technology like electricity, running water, or USB-powered keyboards that let you type endless philosophical tirades on your smartphone, but I’m pretty sure they put in the 10,000 hours and then some to become experts on philosophy. Do you think Bostrum is going to drink the Hemlock to defend publishing rights to his upcoming book?

My book is going to be all about how, if you’re so all-powerful you can create a VR Game and fool billions of people, you’re ALSO going to be smart enough to cover your tracks and not give away the twist ending when you change the constants of the universe. That’s a really crummy cheat, and if true, we should be rising up like Internet trolls screaming that life is rigged by the developers to keep us guessing instead of solving the game.

The more we learn about the universe, the more weird and chaotic it turns out to be. This makes sense considering the nature of concepts like infinity, multiverses, and entropy. When you think about Borel’s infinite monkeys typing out every conceivable text, past and future — a theory much more easily proven than any of the ones previously mentioned — isn’t it equally likely that the universe doesn’t exist at all, and you’re just a cat in a box somewhere that has just sucked in a lethal dose of hydrocyanic acid and are killing time by reading this while you wait to find out if you’re alive or dead?