Scientific Proof We Live In A Simulation


Back in June 2009, I wrote an article titled “Proof That We’re Living a Life of Illusion.”  In it, I provided what I felt was overwhelming evidence that we all live in some kind of computer simulation. I also offered some simple explanations as to why I thought we did. At the time, the people who are open to believing in such fantastical theories excitedly agreed with the premise, while those who rely on hard-core scientific proof, did not. Well, a funny thing’s happened in the years since I wrote that article. Scientists are beginning to see the evidence that the non-believers require. The question now is, whether those skeptics will decide to take the blue pill or the red pill?

Even before I’d seen The Matrix back in 1999, I was of the belief that the world we lived in was illusionary. When the carpeting in the basement of my childhood home was ripped up several years ago to make room for new carpeting, my parents discovered the signatures of my brother and I from years earlier inscribed in the concrete underneath. The signatures dated back to the mid-1980s, when the concrete was poured to fix a gap at the bottom of the stairs. Next to my signature, and the date, was written the words: “Nothing Is Real.” Besides just quoting my favorite Beatles song, I guess I was hoping that by the time we (or whomever) had rediscovered what I’d written, the illusionary nature of our world would have already been proven correct. Well, I may not have been too far off.

As I wrote in the “Life of Illusion” post, even after seeing The Matrix, I didn’t take the simulation concept literally, but more as a metaphor for the illusionary aspects of our material existence—an existence where we believe ourselves to be separate individuals who are at the mercy of events and circumstances that happen by chance in the world. My belief was that, in truth, we were all one energy that, consciously and subconsciously, created the events that we experienced in our individual and collective lives.

This was the perspective I had as I wrote the Layman trilogy. In fact, of the over half-million words in the manuscripts for those novels, the word, “simulation,” doesn’t appear once. Of course, those novels are themselves a metaphor for what I believe the real world is and what the future holds so the omission doesn’t affect their message at all. The point though, is that there was a time—quite recently—that I myself didn’t think the world was actually a simulation. But then I started to uncover a lot of convincing information that opened my eyes—and my mind to the possibility.

It was around the time when I was writing The Myth of Lost. The book uses the simulation concept to both explain the many mysteries of Lost and reveal hidden wisdom that could directly be plugged into our lives. My research while writing the book (into such topics as the Panopticon prison) combined with movies I discovered (like eXistenZ) and various events that happened in the world and my life soon provided enough evidence to convince me that life wasn’t just an illusion, but a computer simulation. I quickly began to see how the world-as-simulation model made complete sense, whereas our presumption that we lived in the very first reality seemed as ridiculous as us being the only life forms in the universe.

In the “Life of Illusion” article, I point out that most technology-savvy people agree that in the not-too-distant-future, we will have evolved our interactive virtual-worlds games like The Sims or Second Life to the point where the game and reality will be indistinguishable. Since we experience life through our senses, we actually aren’t too far away from artificially controlling the stimuli that we sense as reality—causing us to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch things that are merely electronic impulses sent to our brain.

Once you accept that belief, your next question is whether or not we are already living in such a world now. Logically, if such technology appears after a relatively brief span of intelligent evolution (around 10,000 years compared with a universe that’s 13.8 billion years old), isn’t it highly unlikely that we just-so-happen to live in the original reality? Isn’t it much more probable that we too, and those who created our world, and those who created that world also all live in simulations?

The argument of those skeptical types who preach only provable science and atheism is that such a belief just confuses things; it goes against the Occam’s Razor principle that the simplest hypothesis is usually the correct one, and that such a theory just delays the inevitable question: who created the original world?

I can see why any simulation theory seems like an unnecessary obstacle to truth, but sometimes the simplest theory only appears more complicated from one’s perspective. For starters, the concept of time may only be a part of our current simulation and may not even exist in any of the other realities beyond this one. In those realms, every possibility that could exist is actually all created at the same time. In fact, most theoretical physicists belief this to be true about our world as well—that time is illusionary and much like a game, everything has already been coded and only our experience makes us feel like we are moving through time.

Even within the concept of time, the idea that there must be an origination point in our past is also a flawed concept based only on our subjective experience. The reality is that formulas for the flow of time work equally well in either direction. So maybe our universe will be created in the future. These are just a couple examples of how our assumptions about reality are limited by our perceptions, which may or may not be correct.

Looking at this another way, imagine two mice in a clear plastic cage debating about what exists outside their world. The first mouse believes there is a world outside their cage indicated by a room, and in that room he sees a window that opens into yet another world, and in the upper corner of that window he can see bright specs at night that he believes consist of other worlds. The second mouse scoffs at this, saying that the first mouse is only needlessly complicating things. Clearly theirs is the only world, because he can see it all from where they are—it is flat against the edge of their living space—like a picture. And if so many worlds existed, how would the first mouse be able to see them through the first flat world?

From our perspective, it’s easy to see the flaw in the second mouse’s argument, but we can also see why he thinks the first mouse has a more complicated theory whereas he really does. The same analogy can be made with the simulation theory. Multi-levels of reality may not be making reality more complicated, it may be the very nature of what reality is. And while, like the first mouse, the simulation theory may have the specific details wrong (the first mouse wasn’t really seeing another world directly outside his cage), it’s general premise about other existences outside of our own, and outside of that one, and so on, is essentially correct.

We just assume that time, and points of origination exist because that is our experience. But our experience is very limited and has already been proven to be wrong based on what quantum physicists already know about the workings of our world (see last paragraph of “The Answer to Everything”). Our experience of life is based on what we sense. But those who deal in subatomic molecules know that our world is much, much more bizarre. Yet, since most of us can’t grasp that, we just return to what we understand.

For all we know, a universe with simulations within simulations could be how everything originated, and who’s to say that we, in this version of reality, aren’t the ones who created it that way? So any argument that simulations can’t be right because they needlessly complicate the mystery of where we come from is flawed for its assumption that things must work based on what we already think we know. Like the second mouse, everything we think we know could be wrong. The universe could exist on the back of a turtle, standing on the back of another turtle with turtles all the way down. While I think most would agree that a simulation is more probable than that, it’s interesting to note how the age-old turtles on turtles theory is an excellent analogy to simulations within simulations for mice and men who didn’t yet understand what a simulation was.

What’s amazing to me is that everything we don’t consciously understand about the workings of our world seems to be fully absorbed by us subconsciously from the many movies, TV shows, and other stories that explore illusionary themes. How is it that most artists, musicians, and storytellers are all on the same page about this stuff? So many stories, especially lately (Avatar, Inception, The Source Code, The Adjustment Bureau, Limitless, Sucker Punch, Awake, Touch, Lost, The Cabin In The Woods, Tron: Legacy), all deal with themes about illusionary worlds and/or how we are all connected.

It’s almost as though these writers are all getting similar downloads or picking up on some collective conscious truth that most of us aren’t sensitive enough to hear. As I’ve written about many times, these artists and storytellers are modern day shaman and their tales make up our mythology that contain hidden truths about how our world really works. As we begin to have a clearer understanding of the physics of our world, these stories are able to get closer and closer to being literally true. So The Matrix is closer than Total Recall, which is closer than Tron, which is closer than The Wizard of Oz. And soon, there will be a movie that gets it even closer than The Matrix. (In many ways, The Thirteenth Floor, eXistenZ, and Inception have already done this for depicting worlds within worlds.)

After the “Life of Illusion post,” I wrote others that explained why a simulated world made complete sense. In “The Golden Path,” I compared the idea of a destiny to what’s known in the gaming world as a “golden path”—the path that programmers design so players feel as though they are guiding their characters whereas their experience has actually been pre-programmed for the most exciting game play possible. As with games, sometimes our lives feel like they are being nudged in certain directions because there are specific things we’re meant to experience in order to get to the next level—a level that needs to challenge us a bit more since we have grown from what we’ve already overcome. This also explains why life is hard. Challenging games are more fulfilling, more likely to keep us occupied, and more likely to stimulate growth. That’s why Atari’s Combat had no sequels released, whereas Nintendo’s Donkey Kong spawned an entire empire.

In another recent post titled, “Have You Seen The Honeycombs?” I wrote about how hexagons and honeycomb shapes are popping up all over in moves, TV shows, and recent design patterns. I compared these shapes to being like the infrastructure of our reality. When you break down any videogame or computer screen to its basics you get geometric shapes—pixels that make up what we see as a whole. If our universe is a simulation, it must be made up of tiny repeating shapes as well. We know about atoms, electrons, quarks, and the vibrating strings of string theory. Perhaps, at the smallest level, there is a web of hexagons as the basic building blocks of this illusionary world. And maybe, the modern day shaman of our times are beginning to pick up on that much like the other truths they pick up on and translate into stories and images we can comprehend—even if only subconsciously.

While all of this seems magical or spiritual, it is very possible that it’s simply science that we don’t yet understand. What spiritualists call sacred geometry can really just be the geometrical building blocks of our reality. The reason why so many of the shapes of nature form a certain pattern (known as “the golden ratio”) is likely because it’s based on the mathematical formulations of the program that created our world.

Up until now, this is really all we’ve had to go on: comparing certain correlations between simulations and our world. What is beginning to change however, is that scientists are now beginning to take the simulation possibility seriously and are actually testing to see whether elements that only show up in simulations show up in our world as well.

One caveat: if you believe that ignorance is bliss and would prefer to live in a world that is actually real and the idea of living in a simulation would disturb or even terrify you, I suggest you stop reading here. I do not make judgments on such a preference and completely understand the benefits of just living life within our perceived reality without wanting to dig deeper to discover how it all works. If anything, my insistence on uncovering the mechanisms of all this seems far less logical. But I guess that’s just how I was programmed.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten rid of those brainwashed zombie-chickens, we can get to the good stuff. (I guess I do make judgments about choosing ignorance. In every myth ever, those who bury their heads in the sand are always the mindless zombies, while the hero always tries to shake up the constraints of reality. For being open to other possibilities, even if you don’t yet believe them, consider yourself one of the heroes!) Those who have seen any of Brian Greene’s fantastic Nova specials (The Fabric of the Cosmos and The Elegant Universe) may have heard of (or more likely recognize) theoretical physicist Dr. S. James Gates Jr. As posted on David Dyer’s blog, Transcend:

[Dr. Gates] the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, and the Director of The Center for String & Particle Theory, is reporting that certain string theory, super-symmetrical  equations, which describe the fundamental nature of the Universe and reality, contain embedded computer codes. These codes are digital data in the form of 1s and 0s. Not only that, these codes are the same as what make web browsers work and are error-correction codes! Gates says, “We have no idea what these ‘things’ are doing there”.

To translate this into Layman’s terms, most theoretical physicists today believe that our world is comprised of vibrating strings. In fact, it is currently the only testable theory available. Embedded within superstring equations, certain computer codes have been discovered. To my understanding, these same codes are programmed into web browsers to help computers communicate with one another even if bits of code were lost in the transmission. This isn’t just any random code—it’s a very specific error-correcting code that Gates has discovered in the equations that likely describe our world.

Dr. S. James Gates Jr.

As Gates himself says, if those who lived within The Matrix movie wanted to test whether or not they lived in a virtual reality, they would just have to see whether codes from computer programming showed up in their world as well. This is exactly what has been discovered with the error-correcting code.

The next question one has after uncovering this, is what errors does nature have to correct? My feeling is that this may be one of the causes of déjà vu. I believe that sometimes our world hits a glitch and needs to back up to an earlier section and replay in a slightly different direction. Many of us might experience déjà vu when this occurs. This could be a purpose of the error-correcting codes. (Would be an interesting study to set up a worldwide network to see when people are experiencing déjà vu and if it increases during certain time periods.) Or, perhaps they exist to ensure that the characters we are “playing” have clear connections to our actual minds in the outside world. There are millions of possibilities, feel free to present your own theories in the comments below.

One of the reasons I’d be excited to learn that we live in a simulation is that anything could be possible. Once we know we live in a program, we could upgrade our minds and bodies to perfect health and download apps to give us any ability imaginable. There would also be the possibility of Easter eggs, hidden codes, and secret passageways/vortexes that could allow us to experience alternative universes, other versions of our lives, or revisit with friends and loved ones who have passed on.

Of course, there would be many terrifying aspects of living in a virtual world, especially if only select populations knew about it or controlled it. They could make it so that only they had access to certain abilities or levels while keeping the rest of us in a subordinate state. In fact, many believe that is exactly what is happening today. Whether it is, or has the potential of happening, those who would use this knowledge for the good of everyone (and the planet) must be those who get access to the secrets or else we will be in for some very dark times indeed. In many ways, this is what I feel is part of my destiny: to inform others of what our reality is and to teach them how to access it so that it’s used to benefit everyone—not just those who would control it for their own selfish purposes and prevent others from accessing it for fear of the consequences.

Needless to say, I became very excited upon learning about Gates’ “mind-blowing” discovery. And because, as I’ve theorized, that strong emotional attachments to thoughts bring about energetic signatures that can shape our reality (even across time), it came as no surprise that shortly after reading what felt like the first-ever scientific confirmation of simulation theory, people began sending me many more. In other words, my thoughts created my reality.

This has also come to be known as the Law of Attraction featured in The Secret. Like attracts like, so my mind—tuned into a certain frequency—attracted other things that would bring about a similar frequency in my mind. (Incidentally this is also why drama queens attract drama, complainers attract more to complain about, and positive people attract positive things.)

While I was still glowing from Gates’ revelations, another article came my way a few weeks later with more intriguing scientific insight. In Vice magazine’s “Whoa, Dude, Are We Inside A Computer Right Now?” This NASA Scientist Thinks We Could Be,” Ben Makuch interviews Rich Terrile, the director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who reveals some incredible insights.

The one that intrigued me the most, dealt with his explanation of how video game worlds work. In just about any videogame these days, the virtual world is considerably larger than what the gaming console can hold. So how does it work so that the player gets to feel as though he or she is exploring an entire city or world? It only shows you what you need to see, when you need to see it. Whether you’re playing Final Fantasy, Doom, or, as with Terrile’s example, Grand Theft Auto, you can explore those worlds in seamless, incredible detail. In fact, Terrile actually calculated Grand Theft Auto’s Liberty City to be a million times larger than his PlayStation 3. But you only see the part you’re currently playing.

Our universe behaves in the exact same way! As Terrile says, “In quantum mechanics, particles do not have a definite state unless they’re being observed. Many theorists have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how you explain this. One explanation is that we’re living within a simulation, seeing what we need to see when we need to see it.”

Terrile goes on to bring up two ideas I mentioned earlier: the pixilation of the universe and the idea that the universe behind our universe is also a simulation. It’s one thing for some layman with fanciful ideas to spout on about simulated worlds, it’s quite another when a NASA scientist, or, as in the case of Dr. Gates, a MIT-schooled theoretical physicist who serves on Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, come to the same conclusions.

But wait, there’s more! Now armed with two scientists on board the good ship Simulation, others suddenly began coming out of the woodwork (that Law of Attraction thing again). The UK’s Huffpost Tech posted an article about physicists testing to see if the universe is a computer simulation and another claiming that physicists may have evidence that the universe is a computer simulation which actually came out a month before the “testing” article. Apparently one group of scientists at the University of Bonn in Germany had evidence and then another group at the University of Washington tested to see whether it held up. That story made it to America on Yahoo! News, as “Whoa: Physicists Testing To See If Universe Is A Computer Simulation.”  Not sure why “whoa” seems the interjection of choice for describing this revelation other than simulations remind people of The Matrix, which reminds people of Keanu Reeves which reminds people of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which reminds people of “whoa.”

In all three of these articles, the evidence they are testing is the same. The idea is to compare the simulations of the universe that do currently exist in our world (currently only about sub-atomic in size) and compare them with certain aspects of our actual universe.  Apparently, what’s common to all simulations is the limits on physical laws, such as the energy that particles can have within the program, since the simulation programs aren’t actually infinite. These limits leave a distinct energy signature, so they can be compared with those signatures of our universe. And if they match? Well, then there’s a good chance that we’re in a simulation. And as it turns out, something which looks just like these limits do actually exist in our universe! (Which would also mean that our universe isn’t infinite either.)

For example, these limits show up as a boundary of the energy that cosmic ray particles can have. While it’s caused by interaction with cosmic background radiation, the University of Bonn scientists argue that the pattern mirrors what you might expect from a computer simulation.

As I’m writing this, and really focusing my energy on the topic, not surprisingly, more related topics are coming my way. I just noticed two Facebook posts on my wall. The first offers a plotline to a fourth Matrix movie where we learn that everyone is in fact still in the matrix and that the Zion level turns out to have been within the matrix all along (I also took issue with the way The Matrix trilogy ended and felt it was anti-myth. I provided what I felt was a more mythologically-sound ending for the series in The Myth of Lostsee pages 8&9 here.)

The second post is a link to an article, “Physicists Find Evidence That The Universe Is A ‘Giant Brain.’” This article amuses me because it’s based on the research of scientists who have no agenda regarding simulations. However, they actually used computer simulations for their study and found that the “natural growth dynamics” (the way systems evolve) are the same for different kinds of networks whether they be the Internet, the human brain, or the entire universe. Their conclusion is that the universe grows like a brain.

What’s funny to me is that they didn’t take the next logical step. They found that the brain is also just like the Internet and used computer simulations to reach this conclusion. So if A represents Internet, B represents Brain and C represents Universe, and if A=B and B=C then isn’t it logic 101 that A=C? Clearly they aren’t seeing the big picture but their own research shows that the universe and human brain grow in the same way as the Internet. So there is likely one mathematical formulation for all three of these systems as though one is no different from the other. Their response to their own research was: “For a physicist it’s an immediate signal that there is some missing understanding of how nature works.” It’s clearly missing for you buddy. I suggest uploading your brain with the app, Missing The Obvious 1.0.

Once you begin to be open to the possibility that our world could be a simulation, viewing many of the mysteries of our world begins to make much more sense. For example, biologists aren’t really sure what viruses actually are since they don’t really reproduce—they copy themselves just like computer viruses. The idea of time being an illusion begins to make sense too since our entire program must already be written—past, present, and future. Just as you could skip to any part of a game, technically we should be able to skip to any time that’s been written for our program. I say “written for” because it’s entirely possible that some clues that have lead us to believe in a very old world, like dinosaur bones, may have simply been planted in this simulation to give us that impression but never actually happened. Ironically, this would make the creationists right—in a way.

Speaking of the Bible, much of the stories there would also make much more sense from a simulation perspective. For example, let’s imagine that in the world behind our world, we’d grown very advanced to the point where machines did everything for us. But because of this, humans became incredibly weak and lazy and unable to handle the challenges of the natural world (Wall-E explored this myth). Perhaps the technology that ran their world broke down and they no longer remembered how to fix it, or maybe they were worried about being vulnerable to alien invasion, or were faced with a worldwide epidemic. Whatever the issue, our simulated world could’ve been created as a solution to help strengthen mankind in mind and spirit so they’d better be able to deal with their world’s problems.

What does this have to do with the Bible? It’s the Garden of Eden myth! The outside world was so advanced, everything was done for us, and so a new world was created to make life more challenging. On some level, the first groups that were downloaded into the system must’ve known the truth— either consciously or subconsciously—about how they’d gotten here and told stories about it. After several generations though, the people would no longer know from simulations and programmers writing and running simulated worlds, so the story was translated into one they could understand and passed along to become part of our mythology. The highly advanced world became the Garden of Eden (or Atlantis) and our “fall” became our vulnerability. The gateway to our simulated world? The tree of knowledge. And what was the representation of this tree? A fruit, like, an Apple. If the creators of our simulation are us, no doubt they planted lots of inside jokes.

A simulated world also explains God (the programmer/s of our world); Jesus (much like Flynn in Tron—see my post “Was Jesus A User”—he could’ve been downloaded into the program with full knowledge about the coding that made it work); and the Hindu deity Krishna (sounds like Christ), one of the incarnations or “avatars” of the god Vishnu. The real Vishnu could’ve taken on an avatar to play around in our world. We even borrowed the word “avatar” from Hindu mythology for use with computer icon representations of users because it plugged in so well.

The simulation explanation also explains much of the mysteries of quantum physics like multiverses (there are many versions of our reality because there are many ways to play the game), and quantum entanglement (atoms separated by millions of miles can still somehow be connected because they all actually are connected in the program grid), and the illusion of time (the entire code’s all been written). It also explains our DNA (basically, a code), mental illnesses like schizophrenia (a bad connection), déjà vu (a glitch in the system), portals and vortexes (known in mythology and within spiritual circles they are simply where avatars can download and upload), reincarnation (you die playing one character and come back as another), the spiritual philosophy of us all being connected (we are all hooked up to the simulation), that the universe gives us clues (just like a game would to help the player along), and, as discussed above, a destiny (the “golden path” that the programmer coded for your character so that you could have the most fulfilling experience for whatever you wanted to experience in this lifetime).

Go ahead. Try it for yourself. Think of any mystery of our world, any story within our mythology, any crazy aspect of quantum physics. Then see it through the lens of a computer simulation. I bet you’ll be able to explain it much more clearly than using our current models of a spontaneous universe or almighty magical creator. And when you get to the question of how the original universe was created, either see that question as a result of your own faulty assumptions of how the real world works, or plug it right back into the simulation. After all, God supposedly created us in his image. Perhaps even the original universe was a simulation of sorts.

Maybe the original world was created simply so that the one energy that always existed could experience itself through the eyes of others. Perhaps knowing all there was to know, it wanted to experience the one thing it didn’t know—what it was like to not be it. (I wrote about this in my post, The Answer to Everything.) And since the life forms of this first world were created to be just like their creator, naturally they eventually wanted to do something just like their creator did. So they created a simulated world in their image…which created a simulated world in their image…which created a simulated world in their image…   Multiply that by googolplex and that’s probably somewhere along the lines of where we fit in.

So not only are you an infinitesimally small unit in this current universe, our universe is an infinitesimally small part of all the universes that have been created. No wonder the goal of most religions is to shatter our ego. That is the truth of existence. Individually, we are nothing. Collectively, we are everything. Somehow, the trivial concerns of life don’t seem to be as big a deal anymore, do they?

Before you get too depressed, think of this. I do not believe that we are stuck in this one simulation. That’s what I believe the multiverse is. I believe we are continually popping from one reality to the next and we choose our realities whenever we make up our minds about something. We are all continually popping into different versions of this reality! Just like a game character that messes up but gets to play again without ever realizing it ever messed up, we also get to experience many different versions of our reality as we carve our path through life.

Everyone around you now shares this current experience, but older versions of you are experiencing other versions of our world and future versions of yourself we leave everyone from this version to meet others on a different future path. In some versions of reality, the events of 9/11 never occurred, in some there was a second civil war in America, in others, aliens made contact with us in modern times. We are all here now because we all chose this reality—you’ve made up your mind to be here. So no matter how fulfilling or disappointing your life is, you chose it. You chose it in hopes of having certain experiences you wanted to have.

I realize that a simulation explanation seems pretty hard to swallow. After all, everything feels so real! But the question is, how do we know what “real” is? This is the only reality we’ve ever consciously known. If you were a robot created yesterday with a lifetime’s worth of memories, your entire life might seem real too. Similarly, for a baby in a womb, that life must feel pretty real. Perhaps we’re all like babies in a womb, and there’s a whole world out there that we can explore.

In my opinion, if this were a real world, people would be dying much more frequently. Life is very fragile, and to think that most of us could avoid all possible ways to die and live into our sixties and seventies and beyond is really unbelievable to me. I also think that life would be much more pointless if it were real. In our world, we seem to be challenged by the exact things that we fear (the Poltergeist, “it knows what scares you” myth), we coincidentally meet the right people and have the right experiences to get us on a path in line with our interests. We receive clues and get gut feelings about decisions we need to make. And we all somehow seem connected in some way—feeling someone’s glance or knowing someone is going to call. I do not think this would be typical of a real, random world. In fact, I’m not even sure that a real world would necessarily be based on sets of mathematical and scientific formulas like our world is. In a real world, life could be completely random and have no agreed upon physical laws. In a real world, I don’t think life would be as orderly or interesting. In fact, it might be downright chaotic.

Even if it were somewhat orderly, if life were really real, I think it would be incredibly boring—which is one of the reasons why I think this simulated world was created. It’s funny that so many religious types are trying to get to heaven. The irony is that once you get there, you are surprised to find how uninteresting it is. As the Talking Heads sang, “heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.”

Apart from the real world being boring or humanity becoming too weak from too much reliance on technology, I do think there are many other plausible reasons as to why a simulated world could’ve been created. I touched on my three main theories in the “Life of Illusion” prequel to this post, so I’ll just briefly list them here:

1. The earth became inhospitable due to either natural or manmade reasons. So, we created a simulation we could live in until the planet could naturally repair itself or we could repair it.
2. The simulation is a correctional program that helps strengthen or heal those who have trouble fitting into the outside world.
3. Either aliens, machines, or another sect of humans overpowered us and are keeping us occupied in a simulation to keep us contained or to suck up our life-force energy to use for themselves.

Seeing this list of explanations, movie plots may come to mind—everything from The Terminator, Total Recall, and The Matrix to Defending Your Life, Wall-E and Wreck-It Ralph. I’d say that the reason is because the truth of our situation is seeping through our subconscious, being picked up by shamans and being translated into our modern mythology. Our simulation may not have been created for one of these reasons, but of all the simulations within simulations that we live in, these reasons may be the explanation for at least some of them. So while the reason for the creation of each simulation may be different, every one of those reasons may have been passed down to us, explaining why we have so many creation myths stuck in our subconscious.

Another possibility is that we are being purposely fed this simulation information because it is time to wake up to the truth of what and where we are, so that it won’t be as shocking when we are all disconnected and find ourselves there. Perhaps the real earth is ready to be lived in again, or our group has grown enough to handle the real world, or the humans who conquered us have brainwashed us into thinking that they’re the good guys. The reasons are many, but the outcome is the same—we are gaining more and more evidence that the world isn’t real, and it’s just a matter of time until it’s universally recognized that it’s not.

One last point to bring up; you’ll notice that in this article I provided links to many of my other articles. Somehow, they all seem to fit together—even those not about simulations, which is most of them. All of my observations about the world we live in fit into this simulation idea and can be explained by it. When I get an idea about a post, I don’t think about how it could fit into a simulation perspective. But it always does. The reason is because I am speaking one truth. It all fits because it’s all part of one thing.

The idea of a source field represents the grid of the simulation. Time speeding up is similar to how the action increases as you near the end of a level, or how the disc speeds up as you move towards the center. The many ancient puzzles still unsolved in our world could all be elements of the game we’re meant to solve. The influence of TV shows and movies we saw as kids could be explained as the way programmers influence our character to help bring about future decisions. Ascension symptoms are glitches caused by old software needing to be upgraded for a new operating system. The Honeycombs? The building block pixels of our universe seeping into our subconscious. And it goes on and on… Everything I write about and every facet of our world can be explained through the lens of a simulation because that’s where we are.

Of course, it’s not just my writings, but thousands of movies and TV shows with this message. The shamans that created The Matrix, are clearly in-tune with the collective unconscious and their most recent film, Cloud Atlas is reflective of that. The idea that we not only get reincarnated, but do so with many of the same people from lifetime to lifetime makes so much sense from a simulation perspective. (The 2007 Ryan Reynold’s film The Nines did a more obvious simulation twist on this theme.) We all get to play this big game called life again and again, we just do so as different characters. The players—the souls—of those characters are still the same. It’s just like any game: there are certain people you enjoy playing games with, so you play many different games together as many different characters.

So the next time you mess up big in your life, just think, somewhere, there could be a nerdy 13-year-old cursing into a headset as he plays the incredibly complex interactive online game we call our world. It’s funny, they say the meek shall inherit the earth. Perhaps, they already have.

May Your Inner Spark Grow To Light Your Way,
The Layman


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The Layman posted at 2013-1-23 Category: Answers to Everything

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  1. #1Scott Mooney @ 2013-1-24 13:55 Reply

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books by Douglas Adams also lead up to the idea that the Earth is a computer that is designed to calculate the question that leads to the answer to “life, the universe, and everything”… Answer: 42… which you will notice is the final number in the magic sequence portrayed in Lost… must have been some Hitchhikers fans on the team there! Hitchhikers started out as a BBC radio show in 1978.

    • #2The Layman @ 2013-1-25 01:01 Reply

      Ah yes, I am well acquainted with the Hitchhiker series. Ironic that Adams was an atheist in that I credit his books for turning me onto my current–some would say spiritual–view of the world. I talk a bit about 42 in “The Myth of Lost” book. I’ll actually be turning 42 this year–the same year I’ll be becoming a dad for the first time! Will it hold the answer for me? We shall see. (We are expecting twins so maybe it will help bring about the break with reality that many spiritual gurus seem to incur before enlightenment.) There is also a movie coming out with the title “42” (about Jackie Robinson but interesting that it’s coming out as I turn 42) and another film called “Movie 43”!

      I completely believe that Adams was channeling a real truth about our world–it IS a computer of sorts. Thanks for your post!

  2. #3Scott Mooney @ 2013-1-24 14:18 Reply

    If we are in a simulation it makes me wonder if I’m a character being played by a user, or am I a program following my algorithms in order to model statistical data.

    If I’m being played by a user I imagine they might be paying attention to the things I say and do, maybe even my thoughts and feelings about things, looking for clues to find out what I need in order to do whatever it is they are trying to do through me. Perhaps they would have more knowledge about available resources than I and simply steer me towards them so I can discover them… or they may be cuing me with suggestions or commands to even want certain things in the first place, and then presenting me with opportunities. This would be analogous to the idea of a guardian angel, or a higher self, and the law of attraction.

    If I’m an autonomous simulated AI I may be completely left to the resources placed in the simulation and my relationships with all you other simulated beings to help each other get what we need. This would very closely match an atheist’s point of view, about a mechanical universe.

    If we can learn and use the source code of our universe we may become equal stuff to what runs the user’s universe and basically ascend to the status of gods within our own simulation, or perhaps merge ourselves into their simulation and effectively become equal citizens of their world. And if we can do that perhaps we can do the same to the next level simulation, and then the next one, and so on until we reach the “real” universe and manifest ourselves as “real” beings.

    I’m currently writing a graphic novel that may incorporate this idea. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending 😉

    • #4The Layman @ 2013-1-25 01:16 Reply

      Hey Scott, I’d say that your thoughts and feelings are likely those of the user, who is likely experiencing this world without realizing he’s in the game. Perhaps, as with “Avatar,” when you sleep here, you wake up there and make some corrections to your path and plant things for yourself to encounter.

      If you are just a program, your life is likely meant just to help move along the action and assist the actual players. I’ve actually wondered all these questions myself. Sometimes I wonder if I am the only real person here, if everyone is playing, or if others are playing and I’m just part of the program.

      As for your book, don’t worry, your plans are safe here. The only ones who read this are on the fringe of reality and most of them have waaaay too many ideas of their own to even consider stealing something from someone else. Your idea sounds pretty cool. Maybe planting a computer virus is what enables them to corrupt their system and upload into the previous worlds. It would be cool to see someone continually jumping into previous dimensions like that show “Sliders” with the little (or big) differences from our world that each of those worlds reveal. If you write it, your more than welcome to promote it here! Good luck! (Maybe it’ time to bring out the inner-warrior to get it done?)

  3. #5zencowboy @ 2013-1-25 10:42 Reply

    1. Mice can’t talk. I reject your theory.

    2. I just got a great story idea about a hero who realizes he is in a simulation, discovers errors in his source code, then goes on a journey to correct them. I’m twenty pages along already!

    3. On a serious note, consider the benefits of meditation, what many refer to as “connecting to source.” Maybe meditation is an effort to correct our coding?

    • #6The Layman @ 2013-1-26 14:51 Reply

      Ha ha.Y’know Zencowboy, I was almost going to put in a joke about the talking mice at the end of the example but nothing funny enough came to mind. Glad I left a space for yours.
      Your story sounds like a good one–you should really write it. Though, you might want to see “Wreck-It Ralph” first since there’s a storyline there that’s very similar about a girl who’s a glitch that needs help with correcting her code.
      As for meditation, I would agree that it’s a way to connect with source. I practice it along with yoga and often have many insights during those times–as when I’m in the shower or dozing off (both meditative). Gotta love those alpha waves! Thanks for your post!

  4. #7notoriousONE @ 2013-1-25 14:43 Reply

    whats your opinions on drugs such as dmt and other psychedelics? perhaps those are the “easter eggs” that let us peer into the matrix itself. My first dmt trip was a perfect success and i felt like i could see the energy that flows through all of us. I could see the center of creation and at the end i saw three beings that were frightening at first but after a thought i realized they meant no harm. just wondering what you think about these kind of experiences and just drugs in general were they programmed into the matrix or do us humans discovery these and maybe have some control on what the universe delivers?

    • #8The Layman @ 2013-1-26 15:19 Reply

      Wow, thanks for sharing that notoriousONE! I don’t know much about DMT specifically but have dabbled a bit with ayahuasca and definitely felt like I was connecting to something beyond our illusionary world. My feelings about psychedelics is that they help strengthen the power of our connection to the outside world. I believe this connection comes through our pineal gland (the third eye) and can be developed naturally. Psychedelics offer a quick fix to get there. Obviously, I’d say it’s healthier to learn to get there naturally, but helpful to sort of prime yourself to that connection.

      I am of the belief that the reason that these and other drugs is illegal, is not because people become dangerous when on them or that it ruins lives, but that they are much more dangerous for opening doorways to the truth of where we are, and those in power don’t want that. I think these drugs were sort of put here as Easter eggs to help us discover this truth, but certain corrupt powers wish to keep us in the dark. They instead wish to get us hooked on distractions like frivolous technology and clog our minds with unhealthy foods. Yet, I digress.

      In short, yes I agree with you but would recommend learning natural ways to have the experiences you’ve encountered so that you can be sure that your mind and soul are strong enough to handle that reality when you get there. You may enjoy reading or getting the audio book for: “The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophesies” by David Wilcock
      ( The book talks a lot about our connections to this invisible reality and the pineal glands connection to it.

      BTW, the three beings you saw may have been relatives of yours who have passed on, other versions of yourself, or an archetypal representation of a religious/spiritual motif that has personal meaning for you (father, son, holy ghost, three wise men, etc.)

  5. #9Doppelganger @ 2013-1-28 00:18 Reply

    I’m still not clear on how this proof can be tested where I would believe we live in a simulation, but I also can’t prove that we don’t.

    • #10The Layman @ 2013-1-28 02:04 Reply

      Ay, there’s the rub! As Gates said, just look at what you see in simulations, then look to see if they show up in our world. They do. It’s not just code, not just a specific code, but ERROR -CORRECTING CODE! And all those other points I made show up in our world as well! Sounds like you won’t be convinced until someone figures out how to manipulate the code or uncover Easter eggs within the game. My goal is to help usher in unequivocal proof in our lifetime.

      For now, ask yourself this: is it more likely that life is a series of happenings that all occurred by chance, or that this is a designed reality. Or, if you choose God as your creator, and God is eternal, how is it that we are the first universe ever created? Ridiculous, isn’t it?

  6. #11Scott Mooney @ 2013-1-28 13:30 Reply

    I was under the impression that String Theory is all mathematical theory, kind of invented by physicists and completely deduced, something unobservable. Something very abstract. I’m no expert but if string theory is all invented in the minds and calculations of physicists, then those error correcting codes are kind of invented or calculated along with it, no?

    • #12The Layman @ 2013-1-29 00:50 Reply

      To my understanding (and math was definitely not my strong subject), the level that physicists have been at for pretty much the past 100 years or so is basically all mathematical formulations, i.e., E=MC2. The reason why string theory is such a big deal, is because it is the only testable theory available and the tests come out as one would predict. That’s why so many physicists are on board. Now, if you’re asking how they are able to break that down to see the error-correcting codes, I have no idea. There are, however, many links in this post that you can explore, including one about string theory being “testable” and many with Gates explaining how they found the codes. I watched both his videos but can’t recall if he got into the specifics. I think he kind of uses language like, “when we break down the formulas what we found were…”, but, I’m sure with some googling you could find out more details if you wanted to. If you do, and you get any answers, feel free to let me know!

  7. #13fred barrio @ 2013-2-26 10:29 Reply

    it sounds like your talking about psychadelics

    • #14The Layman @ 2013-2-26 15:19 Reply

      In comment #6 by NotoriousONE above, I wrote a bit on that.

  8. #15Jose Klatter @ 2013-9-14 12:16 Reply

    The Layman wrote:”It’s the Garden of Eden myth! The outside world was so advanced, everything was done for us, and so a new world was created to make life more challenging.”

    If you read many Kabbalah books (I believe you did) you can relate that to the initial states of our existence by being ONE with the CREATOR, and having all needs and desires taken care of. Then, we the SUPREME VESSEL, got tired of the SUPREME CREATOR giving all free of charge. According to Kabbalah we made an agreement with HIM/HER/IT and decided to reject the FREE STUFF (LIGHT), so we could produce it ourselves. The big bang can be seen as the shattering of the SUPREME VESSEL in an astounding explosion producing darkness afterwards. At the end, we wanted to be like the CREATOR right? According to Kabbalah, it is the will to receive for the sake of sharing (Creator’s essence). The Prodigal Son in Bible exemplifies this quite a bit. All you have to do is read it and extract the symbolism for yourself. Your posts are fascinating! For the first time I read all the replies to all who replied. Have a nice one!

    • #16The Layman @ 2013-9-19 00:20 Reply

      Thanks for sharing that Jose! Yes, the way you framed the kabbalistic story does fit perfectly into the Garden of Eden myth. Good catch! I learned it as THE LIGHT and the POSITIVE and NEGATIVE charges, but same basic idea. I’ve taken several Kabbalah courses, but have only read one book: “God Is A Verb” which was very interesting. It explained the Garden of Eden myth as a metaphor for the creation of the illusionary world and the Tree of Good and Evil as the element of polarity that exists here. The snake was the illusion of time. I touched on it a bit here: The Matrix talks about this a bit too. So many myths in agreement seems to point to a hidden truth. Glad you’re digging the posts!

  9. #17Joshua French @ 2013-11-29 06:19 Reply

    I just wanted to give you a big virtual high five for such a brilliantly written article about life being a simulation. I printed it off and thought, ‘I’ll only use a highlighter on the bits that really resonate with me’… it’s just about all highlighted!

    I had the strong realisation that this was all a game years ago as I was sat by the sea in St Andrews, Scotland. Since then I’ve looked into a few complex theories about it, but my mind doesn’t quite work that way. Your article really lifted my mental understanding of what my heart knew and hence, I feel exhilarated and hugely appreciative. All the stuff about the universe giving you little nudges to get you on your golden path… yes, yes, yes! It does. It’s made me see my whole life through a new lens.
    Thanks so much.

    • #18The Layman @ 2013-11-30 14:55 Reply

      Thanks so much for reaching out Joshua! Glad to hear you found some inspiration here.

      From what I saw of your videos (, I think your link was off), you’re a very talented speaker. Incredible stage presence! I’d be so bold as to say 10 of 10. You are clearly meant to be in front of thousands of people. Keep envisioning that. The reason that the game gets more enjoyable when you enjoy it is because our thoughts direct our path throughout the game while our emotional connection to the thoughts power our speed. So our thoughts are the steering wheel and our emotions the gas pedal. Wow, just thought of that analogy now so thanks for inspiring me!

      I added your site to my links so helpfully others may discover you there.

  10. #19Cal Chan @ 2013-12-3 06:41 Reply

    Imagine a baby, born innocent and pure. She slowly grows out of her naive and beautiful beginnings. She learns more about the world, her place in it. Her skin wrinkles, her hair grays and her beauty fades with age. Her mind however, expands, reaching outward further and further. She worries about running out of time without finding her purpose, she is old now, she’s seen too much to have any excuses, but she still doesn’t know what to do with her fleeting life. This is my metaphor for our Earth now, once pristine, we couldn’t help but lose our innocence to the experiences of time. Perhaps the simulation is setup for that purpose – an infinite number of simulations all trying to figure out “why?”. What’s the best way to force an answer? Give a deadline.

    • #20The Layman @ 2013-12-3 13:01 Reply

      Eloquently put. I like your metaphor. If this is a simulation though, I don’t believe it’s purpose is for us to figure that out, but instead to be able to grow ourselves in a controlled environment that enables us to be challenged with exactly what we need to overcome our weaknesses and fears.

  11. #21Scott Mooney @ 2013-12-3 09:40 Reply

    I like this. Interestingly in life, every deadline seems to be followed by another deadline. Maybe our world will be given another assignment after this one. 🙂

    • #22The Layman @ 2013-12-3 13:10 Reply

      I believe that once we reach a new level, the world as we now know it would be transformed with new challenges and rewards, and so yes, along with that we’d have a new overall goal. Perhaps in that world, we’ll all know that we are all connected. The challenge is what kind of society do we now have with that knowledge. Perhaps we’ll even be able to read each others minds. It’s like the myth of “X-Men” or “Heroes,” with great powers comes greater responsibilities.

  12. #23The Layman @ 2014-1-12 22:42 Reply

    Thanks to Jim Elvidge for bringing this evidence to my attention:
    “Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram”

    I enjoyed Eric Bram’s comment on this article: “Right, the universe is God’s holographic projection creating an IMMORPG (an Infinite Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) for our enjoyment. Because the Void was just SO boring!” While he’s joking, that’s pretty close to my whole theory. (See:

    • #24Anaya @ 2015-10-8 03:28 Reply

      So are you saying that God is playing Grand Theft Auto with us?

  13. #25Proof of Concept @ 2014-1-15 10:26 Reply

    My partner and i enjoyed reading this. Appreciate writing that. We’ll revisit learn more along with suggest the co-workers relating to this

    • #26The Layman @ 2014-1-15 17:32 Reply

      If you’re a real person, thank you. If you’re a spam-bot, thank you–you just proved the point of this article.

  14. #27Lostgirl @ 2014-1-19 14:58 Reply

    Wow. I actually had to write down all of my thoughts as I was reading this article. Im 19 now, but when I was Even younger I remember being absolutely sure that this wasnt “reality”. And now as I have regained interest in this, Ive found so many others who are thinking the same thing.. I spent alot of time reading about crop circles, do you have ant interesting theories on how aliens actually appear on the earth? There are stories about free energy(Michael Tellinger) but perhaps they are visiting our world by the power of thought? Is teleporting between simulations something possible? I feel that our mind have more power Than given credit for. Maybe these simulations are just a bias to lead us off track. Maybe there is no reality at all And we are just pute energy in dead material trying to come lose? I don’t know.. But I feel you are missing something in your theory. Any thoughts on illuminati by the way?

    Thanks for a great article. Loved it.

    • #28The Layman @ 2014-1-19 18:41 Reply

      Thanks for sharing Lostgirl. The reason you were probably sure that this isn’t reality is because you were able to make a connection with the thoughts of your future self. Time is an illusion as Einstein proved. So, I believe that our thoughts often bleed through time showing up in our mind or symbolically as the clues of our life.

      A great book that touches on crop circles as time portals is “The Source Field Investigations” by David Wilcock (

      My feeling is that all alien visitation has actually been from avatars of those from the outside world–kind of like the movie Tron. I believe that if we ARE in a simulation, than it is likely a simulation within a simulation within a simulation and that when we die, we go to the one before this (The films “The 13th Floor” and “eZistenZ” explored this)

      I agree that there is no reality at all. We are all just aspects of the universal energy source experiencing itself without knowing that it’s all part of itself, otherwise, there would be no real experiences. The illusion makes the experience of these worlds possible. The alternative is very boring.

      There is definitely something missing from my theory or else I’d already know how to upgrade myself to Layman 2.0 or teleport to another level–or outside the game.

      The illuminati could be those who run the simulation, but I’m not particularly interested in that. If they do run the game, it would be close to impossible to find out anything real about them because they could just erase your mind of anything you learned. And if they don’t then they’re just here for the experience just like the rest of us.

      Glad you liked the article. You are way beyond where I was at 19. Though, I think that’s when I saw the original “Total Recall” and it blew my mind!

  15. #29ben @ 2014-8-23 04:21 Reply

    Neo never actually woke up.Trinity and Morpheus made sure of it.Him trying to leave the matrix triggered the arrival of agents disguised as helpers .All part of the illusion.By the time it was all over he believed his mission was was complete and therefore gave up on getting out.
    And the matrix wins again.the matrix knows what your thinking because when u sleep like a computer you are being downloaded.when.u wake up believing you had a nights rest but really the matrix just reviewed everything u did the day before and come to the conclusion that your gonna try to escape so it feeds in and let’s u play out the fantisy while your still connected the whole time.wickked .

    • #30The Layman @ 2014-8-31 21:50 Reply

      That’s a pretty depressing thought which is why I have to side on the wisdom of mythology and say that there HAS to be something bigger than the matrix/illusion. There are certain unselfish motivations that are not understood or expected by the matrix–sacrifice for the good of others is one. These higher actions go undetected by the matrix since they “do not compute.” That’s what I take from mythology.

  16. #31ben @ 2014-8-23 18:24 Reply

    One verse.Uni Verse.One God.1Verse.Universe.

  17. #32ben @ 2014-8-23 19:57 Reply

    Verse means metric language.

  18. #33ben @ 2014-8-27 22:54 Reply

    Of course here in the physical realm polarity seems to rule so by introducing the idea of the universe gives automatic rise to its opposite(multi-verse).

  19. #35ben @ 2014-8-28 02:10 Reply

    Skitzo’s feel they are being monitored.There is a song by a women I think its called “God is watching us from a distance” it was popular n the 90s or how bout ” he sees u when your sleeping he’s knows when your awake.he knows if your bad or good so be good for goodness sake”.Is this guy a peeping tom or does he know all that stuff?Are we talking God or Santa Clause?we r taught from a young age that we are being watched or spy ed on.

    • #36The Layman @ 2014-8-31 22:17 Reply

      The song is “From A Distance” by Bette Midler. And don’t forget about “Private Eyes” from Hall and Oates. In “The Myth of Lost” I wrote about the panopticon (, which is a prison designed in such a way that you cannot tell when you are being watched, so you always have to be good. Sort of the idea of God in our world or those whom run the simulation.

  20. #37即時比分nba @ 2014-9-28 05:25 Reply

    Wonderful site, thanks a lot !!

  21. #38Clive Hetherington @ 2014-11-17 08:02 Reply

    “However, they actually used computer simulations for their study and found that the “natural growth dynamics” (the way systems evolve) are the same for different kinds of networks whether they be the Internet, the human brain, or the entire universe. Their conclusion is that the universe grows like a brain.”

    Why cannot they take the next very logical, very obvious step like you say and questions why all these systems are using the same algorithm?

    ‘IF’ we are in a simulation attempting to simulate self aware, free thinking people which would be seriously risky to do with respect to whatever the simulation is designed to achieve then what would a simulation designer do to reduce the risk of anyone THINKING about ‘earth as a simulation’ things PROPERLY?

    Well, they’d manage the population AND they’d manage researchers awareness, thinking and evaluating abilities way more than the rest of the population. As I describe here. There is loads of evidence that we are being managed.

    I’ve almost 40 pages discussing the simulation argument AND a lot of observable evidence.

    A summary of the evidence I present on earlier pages is here:

  22. #39Clive Hetherington @ 2014-11-24 11:48 Reply

    The original simulation argument was based on very theoretical and rare circumstances. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have used the original theoretical circumstances as the spring board for thinking about ‘are we in a simulation’ possibilities. This is entirely unrealistic.

    ‘IF’ we are in a simulation then it is:
    1. Very likely that our future selves set this place up.
    2. That we will (shockingly) be in someone’s ‘simulation’ project AND that we are copied people each living out someone else’s life
    3. Copied people living out someone else’s life will exhibit deducible and measurable behavioural differences compared to a real population.

    These deducible differences coincidentally are exactly what we have identified as cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias. This is explained in detail here and the next page:

    Also there is another seriously obvious possibility that I’ve not seen presented anywhere. Which is that any simulation designer attempting to simulate free thinking people would ABSOLUTELY MANAGE their simulated populations awareness, thinking and evaluating capacities. This is explained on this introduction page here:

    There is actually an abundance of macro observable evidence that we are in a simulation, including loads of evidence that we are being managed to not think of OBVIOUS possibilities:

    • #40The Layman @ 2014-12-20 01:36 Reply

      Thanks for sharing all that. I’m wondering where you got your definitions that differentiate a simulation and matrix. I never heard of any real definition of a matrix as it pertains to a simulation outside of the movie. To me, the characters in The Matrix, lived in a simulated universe, aka, a virtual reality.

      • #41Clive Hetherington @ 2014-12-20 04:34 Reply

        “To me, the characters in The Matrix, lived in a simulated universe, aka, a virtual reality.”

        Yes, the Matrix is about ‘REAL’ people interfaced into a virtual reality – aka the ‘external’ environment is simulated the people are not. Don’t you remember in the Movie where Neo wakes up in the interfacing pod?

        The simulation argument is about entirely simulated people in a simulated external environment. The ‘people’ are not real.

        So, the question is ‘IF’ you read my definitions then why didn’t you ‘get’ them?

        “I’m wondering where you got your definitions that differentiate a simulation and matrix.”

        This isn’t the right question. The right question is why are definitions NOT given anywhere. Without definitions no one has a clue as to what they are ‘really’ talking about.

        In a ‘Matrix’ which involves real people it would be hard to manipulate ‘real’ people. In a simulation however where each persons is entirely simulated then their thinking and each individual ‘thought’ they have is defined by software. As such it’s very easy to manipulate peoples thoughts AND for example make sure that no one has definitions which are the basic fundamentals you need to discuss these areas else everything discussed remains ‘vague’ and without a coherent foundation.

        Did you read this page:

        Because this very likely ‘manipulation’ of unreal entirely simulated people is laid out on that page very coherently?

        • #42The Layman @ 2014-12-20 12:40 Reply

          The theories that make the most sense for me are that either the only real person is you and all else is purely a simulation (metaphor of Truman show and most of the original Tron), every being has real consciousness that exists from another source but playing a simulated version of themselves (Matrix), or that some percentage of people are real, and the rest are simulated characters (a group-play Internet video game). Maybe I’m misunderstanding your definition of a simulated population, but if everyone was based on software and manipulated by a program with no ability to make their own choices, then the world would be more like a movie than a game. I guess this is sort of like the Dark City myth, where people were forced to live in different statuses and careers, but even they had freedoms within those imposed realities. I think a person can be real but forced into different scenarios (fate, or “the golden path” of video games) so that they will have to make certain decisions that determine who they are.

  23. #43wayne @ 2015-2-28 17:17 Reply

    Your “scientific proof we live in a simulation” are food of knowledge that awakens my consciousness of mind and thoughts. Thank you! for making and taking the time to educate us the players of this simulated world we call *Real* just because we can taste, touch, smell and have the sight of our surroundings.
    Some player of this realm still think their dreams are fake. Have you ever take into consideration why is it possible for us to have all five senses in our dreams if it is a fake compeer to our simulated world we call real?
    In my dreams I have all five senses and occasionally (2-3 times for the month) my dreams will play out in my daily life. (never dream something and it come true after some days, it always happen the same day of the dream.)
    and this is one of the reason I will love to bee able to meditate.
    because these dreams only come true when I have a quite day (less interacting with people)

    • #44The Layman @ 2015-3-5 00:21 Reply

      Some good points Wayne, though I can’t recall ever tasting or smelling something in my dream. But your point is really that you can’t differentiate between the realness of a dream when you’re in it and the realness of this world when we’re in it. You’d like the film “The 13th Floor.” It touches on that idea. It’s a good argument for those who insist this world is real, because if they dream, then they think that world is also real when they’re in it. Thanks for the idea!

  24. #45kiran @ 2015-4-15 15:16 Reply

    Your interpretations of the theory is an eye opener. I was reading all the ancient Indian spirituality books for past two years and always got stuck on one word “Consciousness”.Never understood what they where trying to tell us. But after reading your blog and watching some videos about simulation theory it is very clear what they are trying to convey.In Indian Philosophy they repeatedly say that the whole universe is “Maya” meaning illusion,which makes sense now. It also states that there is no “you” which refers to one’s ego. Now all of them makes sense. The only question i have about the theory is if this was a simulation then how did we have an ego. If someone wanted to control us why give an ego which would make us a miserable character to play with.

    • #46The Layman @ 2015-7-31 20:02 Reply

      Sounds like your THIRD eye has been opened Kiran! Once you look at the world as a simulation, there are many ways of exploring how it may work. My belief is very similar to The Matrix–we all exist as conscious entities on another plane experiencing this simulated illusion. The ego we have may be something that exists as part of that realm that we work through using the simulation to prepare us for ever-higher realms–or, it is added to the character we are playing so that we’ll have some aspect of self to overcome in order to better fit into the united world we are preparing ourselves for. Without a sense of self, we’d all realize we are one and just do things for others and there would be no challenge in this simulation. No challenge, nothing to do. So the ego is given to us so we have something to overcome–our sense of self.

  25. #47Ed The Seeker @ 2015-4-28 14:51 Reply

    Fascinating read. Since I was a kid (which was a LOOOONG time ago), I never really felt that ‘Reality’ was as ‘Real’ as advertized. There’d be times when I thought I knew for absolutely certain that a particular event was going to occur, or not, only to find out that such event did exactly the opposite of what I expected.
    As to reality being a sort of ‘Matrix’, my own ideas on it are along the lines of this:
    We all have the basic 5 senses, IE: Sight, Smell, Touch, Taste, and Hearing. Should one consider the actual LOCATIONS of the sensory apparatus and the interpreting device involved (the body and brain), how difficult would it possibly be to ‘Hard-Wire’ any and all inputs into this system remotely, without the experiencer ever being aware that this has been done to them? I bring this up because when one considers these senses as being their ‘Overall Acceptable Reality’, it’s not even taken into consideration that the ‘Interpreting Device’ (the Brain) is inside a SEALED COMPARTMENT which is also devoid of light. The brain has no sense of ‘Touch’, as it feels no pain, and as to the remainder of the senses, it only acts as an interpreter, which then presents it’s findings to the experiencer, namely, US. AND, it presents this information to us INSIDE OUR HEADS. To clarify, imagine that every part of your physical body is being fed stimulus from an outside source, which you cannot detect, via apparatus such as Virtual Reality Sight, etc. Unless you were to actually remove the VR Goggles, you’d think that what you were experiencing was absolutely REAL to whatever extent you believed reality actually was.
    Further, according to Quantum Physics, matter is comprised of mostly EMPTY SPACE and that all matter vibrates at specific frequencies. Change the distance from the nucleus or the vibratory rate of the particle and VOILA!!!, new, completely different particle. By changing only ONE ASPECT of it, it completely changes to something else. Similar to what happens when an electron is stripped from a molecule, creating a new or different quality or quantity for the molecule. Yeah, I know, it gets pretty headdy and has a tendency to make my head hurt too.
    As to the “Free Will” aspect of it, as long as the experiencer is unaware of being ‘Plugged-In’, as it were, he/she can make all of the decisions they wish of their own accord, provided that said decisions don’t undermine the underlying framework of their own experiences up to that point. (How’s THAT for circular logic?)
    Again Fascinating read. Well done sir. We should do lunch and compare notes.

  26. #49darren @ 2015-6-29 01:54 Reply

    Remember Sean Young’s character in Blade Runner. She was a replikant created as a simulated human with implanted memories as real for her as ours appear to us. She was convinced she had lived through childhood and young adult hood and yet neither of those had existed. The idea of time as an illusion is here because her life never really existed at all except for the present.

  27. #51darren @ 2015-6-29 02:11 Reply

    A lot of this sounds like mythology. Ofcourse some say that myth has origin in truth. Simulation, wht not.

    • #52The Layman @ 2015-7-31 21:53 Reply

      Yes, I’d say most of mythology has its origins in truth. I’m a big fan of Joseph Campbell.

  28. #53The Programmer @ 2015-7-10 06:49 Reply

    All of you are morons and retards this isn’t a simulation We are real!! Can a simulation think? no! can it smell? NO! THERE IS NO SUCH THING an advanced computer simulation
    nothing mankind makes is perfect If this is a simulation why do we have emotions?
    why do we breath? if we are nothing but computer programs we would be nothing but Robots
    in the bible it said God didn’t want us to be the same he made us different from one Another hence the different skin tones the different facial features if we are nothing but programs we would be robots materialized beings with no emotion,no love no compassion,no Nothing!,in the bible it’s states man has put material things like false Idols and False Gods before God and will be condemned for it and Another thing if this is a simulation how come our bodies don’t lag or freeze how come our Universe doesn’t Glitch out

    You people are taking this theory too far and using a fictional movie(The matrix) to back up your lame theory It would be nice to show humanity some proof of this So called simulation….. like show us some Glitches or Bugs,show me a picture of our world having a Glitch. Just like the big shit bang theory show me proof that a random explosion hypothetically created the Universe out of nothing and Don’t show a me a stupid philosophy Book about bullshit potheads scientists like Philip K Dickhead or Stephen Hawkins the Mentally Autistic Crippled Inbred Mute asshole.

    • #54The Layman @ 2015-7-31 21:19 Reply

      Methinks we touched a nerve Programmer. It sounds like you either didn’t read or didn’t understand the articles. Our consciousnesses are likely being projected into this simulated experience from another realm. That being said, some people here may just be pure simulations, but since you can’t get into their heads, how do you know they think or feel at all? Hopefully, that understanding clears up most of the issues you posted here.

      The Bible says God made us in his image. That’s because He’s the one who’s playing the game–splitting Himself up into all these different characters so He can get to know Himself. Since God knows everything, the only way He could know what it’s like to not be him was to do this.

      You asked why we don’t have glitches. I believe we do. Ever experience déjà vu? When the universe freezes or glitches, it has to be reset back a few seconds, but your mind may remember just doing something or saying something, so you feel like yo’ve done it before. Or, sometimes it might jump forward. Ever look at the clock and think you’d only been doing something for 10 or 20 minutes when the clock reveals that much more time has gone by?

      I use The Matrix to explain the theory. The science referenced in this article is the back up.

      Do you know what viruses actually are? I’m talking about viruses that make you sick. Biologists can’t figure them out. They reproduce by copying themselves–just like computer viruses! They don’t seem to be living organisms.

      You want to see a picture of a glitch? You can watch YouTube–this is real and documented. Of course, immediately it was covered up saying it was a rocket booster that failed. But supposedly no rockets launched in the area.

      You seem pretty angry programmer. Do you always get so upset when other people’s opinions don’t match up with your beliefs? Do you believe that all your thoughts are correct and everyone else is wrong? And yet, you quote from the Bible? A book that teaches to be accepting of others and open to other opinions. If you already know everything, there is no room for growth for you. That’s why your only a venue of expression is to insist that others must be wrong. I feel bad for you man. Read some books and get educated. Then come back with some arguments that are well thought out so I can consider possibly revising how I think about reality. I revise my beliefs based on new information constantly.

      You keep saying “you people.” Is it us versus you? You assume we don’t believe in God. I do, I believe God is everything–including the simulation. This article I wrote might make you feel better ( Just substitute “God” for “light.”

      In the future, if you’d like to express your arguments, do your best not to mix profanity and the Bible. It comes across as hypocritical at best and is belittling to people who take the book and its philosophies to heart.

    • #55rave @ 2015-8-17 10:37 Reply

      Erm we didn’t breath in the beginning we was swamp foddering fish

    • #56rave @ 2015-8-17 10:46 Reply

      LOL A GOD PUSHER CALLING PEOPLE CRIPPLES N INBRED S LOL LOL IDE BE A CRIPPLE ANY DAY OF THE WEEK THAN A PEDOMANIC SAINT HOOD BUGGERING BOYS WITH DA SOUND OF CHURCH BELLS its disgusting that pedos can hide behind the cloth of Christ oh and i still see the bible misprints its not a camel will pass through the eye of a needle its ( rope )a mistranslated word .

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  29. #61The Programmer @ 2015-7-10 07:43 Reply

    and Also one more thing if this is simulation

    why do we smell stink ? after being out in the sun too long on a hot? or come out our computers, chairs, and tables get dusty and dirty when we don’t clean them for a long time?

    and I hate to say it but you people have Gone completely Mad and Delusional
    you see the world as a video game a material instead of seeing the world how it really is The real world you people need to Grow up All this stuff about big bangs,consciousness and simulations is All Childish things and stupid to say to least You Atheists and Matrixists Don’t believe in a God but you believe in all this bullshit,I Guess having a pregnancy isn’t real, having your first Child isn’t real,Having loving parents isn’t real,having your first sex talk isn’t real,you people need to Grow up.

    • #62rave @ 2015-8-17 10:48 Reply

      consciousness????????????? so either your a code glitch or you a (UN)consciousness BAFOON ONE OR THE OTHER MAKE YOUR BLOODY MIND UP if you have no consciousness they you cannot be living ( I THINK THEREFORE I AM)

  30. #63The Programmer @ 2015-7-10 16:02 Reply

    and it’s a known fact that computers have been around since the late 70’s early 80’s if this is a simulation why isn’t our technology from back in the 80’s to our current technology advanced like this supposedly Advanced super Computer(which is bullshit)that supposedly created our universe? this theory flawed and bullshit, you fake wannabe scientists are wasting people’s time including my time giving us these bullshit theories without giving us Proof and information that it did happened can you find a Glitch in this world?
    Can you? until you can find me proof that our world is a Simulation the theory is still debunked and total Bullshit.

  31. #64daz @ 2015-8-15 17:55 Reply

    Wow wow wow great web page .. @the programmer do you not know how science works ill give you the laymen way you have a theory
    Yes??? You test it to see if its possible and true …. They tested it its common knowledge that science my have found a computer like code you ignorant dip chit.. Good site great read

  32. #65rave @ 2015-8-17 10:24 Reply

    @Programmer judging by your wording you base you life on a monolithic God Creator
    you push the word atheist about . well here is your glitch god the mighty creator sent his apparent only son to feel pain and clean us the people of sin theirs the problem why would an apparent god the only god the creator of everything need to feel pain as he the one the creator must have created pain must have created sin as he is the one god the creator …scriptures have been manipulated through out the dawn of man to suit its needs want proof well here we go most common fruit people think of been taken of the tree of knowledge is APPLE funny that Apples wasn’t even growing in that part of the earth at time of scripture and that IS SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN FACT … you criticize others thoughts not once did you critic the virgin birth or a movement of a mountain . should you and others wish to believe such things that is your right to do so
    have you questioned why the apparent holy one has GIANTS FLYING ANGLES 4 HORSES OF APOCALYPTIC NATURE ? NOOOOOOO as for dust sweat chairs tables blah de blah play a game of the sims the original you leave em for a day without taking care of em what happens dont sleep don’t do shit they die why ?? because the PROGRAMMER of the game wanted it to be . Btw I’m not an atheist i take pride in my faith as a set of values not a set of miracles that could never happen . and just who debunked this theory!!! you think people like Stephen Hawking are stupid yet even he gives this as a plausible theory . we are not even embryonic compared to the age of this realm we know sweet fuck all really . i do get the feeling this universe is very much a living breathing entity with Conscience.
    And judging by the amount you have written you like this stuff . end of my rant should you wish to continue im always happy to oblige

  33. #66rave @ 2015-8-17 10:29 Reply

    oh and one last point as i im kinder falling in lurve with the programmer the one the creator tried many bargaining chips asking men to kill their only sons blah de blah what was he doing oh yeah making sure he got his simulation right do you compute

  34. #67billy pchajek @ 2015-9-3 16:03 Reply

    consider “the phase” as your service menu its centered in your right angular gyrus.

  35. #68Anaya @ 2015-10-8 03:29 Reply

    So God is playing Grand Theft Auto with us. This explains EVERYTHING!

    • #69The Layman @ 2015-10-8 16:59 Reply

      If by “God” you mean humanity and “Grand Theft Auto” you mean this illusionary world then yes!

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