Showcase Sunday: Is Life Real?

in #showcase-sunday2 years ago (edited)

Hey guys!

It's Showcase Sunday again, and this is a special one, as @nonameslefttouse, the Writer/Artist who came up with this idea, is back in business. This time I'm taking the chance to share a post I wrote 25 months ago, which discusses the notion that this life may very well be a computer simulation. It is a theoretically possible concept, and we would probably have no way of knowing if we were actually trapped in a simulation. Have you given this any thought? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Is Life Real?


A rhetorical question. Nobody can prove anything. But let's hold a short discussion. Source - License

It has to be real, right? I mean everything seems so real. I can smell, taste, see, hear and touch. I can feel joy, fear, lust, agony and so on. But wait a minute, isn't that the case when we're dreaming as well?

Dreams are so weird. Most of the time they make no sense and even when they do, there are still huge differences from reality which should help us realize we're actually dreaming. But most times we fall for it. We're unable to realize that it's not real. We're trapped inside. Dreams feel so real that you might wake up and need time in order to get rid of the feelings they brought, whether positive or negative. You might start shouting while sleeping or even sleepwalking and doing various things unconsciously. There are hardly any memories when you wake up. Like nothing ever happened. Like it just wasn't real.

Another factor that induces doubt is technology. Technology is progressing at such a great rate that soon we will be unable to tell the difference between virtual reality and real life. If human computers in 2018 can achieve such things, just imagine what we could possibly accomplish technologically within the next 1000 years. Nobody had cell phones 50 years ago, yet kids nowadays have smartphones which are many times faster than NASA's 1960's computers used for the moon mission. And all this progress was accomplished in less than a century! Just imagine what our computers will be capable of in 1000 years from now! Artificial Intelligence will probably have surpassed human consciousness. Virtual Reality games will be indistinguishable from reality. If we can't actually prove we're not trapped inside a dream, we can't prove our whole existence isn't happening inside a software generated by a supercomputer of the future either.

There's more to this though. We live in an infinite Universe which is constantly expanding. There are infinite possibilities. There could be literally anything and everything out there, the Universe is unbelievably enormous for the human mind to comprehend. This world is truly limitless. Not really.

There is one fundamental limit: the speed of light. Nothing can go beyond the speed of light. Nothing can travel with a speed higher than 299792458 m/s (meters per second). But why??? Why is such a random number the limit? Why is there a limit in the first place? I thought this Universe was infinite, space never ends, time never stops. Doesn't this concept of a maximum possible speed resemble the way our computers work? It is like the computer processing this reality we're ''living'' in has only so much computing power, and therefore there is a speed limit.

My final attempt to debunk reality will rely on physics. Quantum Entanglement. Have you heard of this phenomenon? It is a natural phenomenon that occurs when particles interact in a way that the quantum state of each particle is dependent of the other's, even when the particles are separated by huge distances. Particles are described by their basic properties: position, spin and polarization. Entangled particles' physical properties are always correlated, in other words if you change one particle's spin, then the other particle will instantly change its spin as well. This sort of ''communication'' between entangled particles happens instantly, regardless of distance. That means it is the only thing that beats the speed of light in this Universe: the speed at which entangled particles exchange ''information''. Einstein called it ''spooky action at a distance'' and never managed to explain why this is possible. According to his theory of relativity this shouldn't be possible, but in fact it is, and Einstein died with this question torturing his mind.

This phenomenon could be explained though if we looked at this life as a computer simulation. It would make perfect sense! That would explain how particles located billions and trillions of kilometers apart can communicate instantly.

Five exabytes of technical information will be produced this year. This amount equals to all technical information produced the last 50 years combined. We live in exponential times. But is this life real? I guess I will never find the answers to most of my questions. Even Einstein couldn't.

I appreciate your attention.



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It's true that science challenges our perception of reality. However, in the world I more comfortably inhabit--literature--an insubstantial reality has been the subject of great writers for centuries.

Calderon de la Barca, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Miguel de Unamuno, Kafka, Borges... many, many writers have explored the nature of reality. How can we trust what we see, what we think we know?

I think there have always been people who wondered. Science gives us more tools, but no more security...or insecurity. Once we're not content to accept the orthodoxy of received truths, we're pretty much out on a limb, ontologically speaking.
Hope you don't mind my going off here.

I studied all these writers and your blog struck a chord. Great blog :)

How much does the universe weigh? One answer is it weighs around three pounds. The human brain weighs around three pounds and that contains all conscious awareness of the universe

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Interesting. But the Universe was there long before humanity came into existence.

That's what you perceive to be true. Of course I may well talk to a computer simulation which makes this discussion (and my life) pointless

Well, we've got carbon dating and many other ways to support this claim so ... xD

Still pointless though.

I tend to avoid thoughts of these kind. Think too deep and you will be a looney before you know it 😂


 2 years ago Reveal Comment

I thought we went over this in my previous post. ;)

Nice way to treat one of your biggest fans. Asshole!


one of your biggest fans

Sad but true!