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Physicists testing to see if universe is a computer simulation
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Posted on 12/14/2012 8:51:14 AM PST by chessplayer

Some physicists and university researchers say it's possible to test the theory that our entire universe exists inside a computer simulation, like in the 1999 film "The Matrix."

In 2003, University of Oxford philosophy professor Nick Bostrom published a paper, "The Simulation Argument," which argued that, "we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation." Now, a team at Cornell University says it has come up with a viable method for testing whether we're all just a series of numbers in some ancient civilization's computer game.

Researchers at the University of Washington agree with the testing method, saying it can be done. A similar proposal was put forth by German physicists in November.

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"we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation."

If we are nothing but a computer program, how can we be "alive?" It would mean we don't really exist.

1 posted on 12/14/2012 8:51:20 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

There may be an upside: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Physics_of_Immortality_(book)


2 posted on 12/14/2012 8:54:07 AM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: chessplayer
Are tax payers being soaked for this nonsense?
3 posted on 12/14/2012 8:54:26 AM PST by reefdiver
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Taxpayers more than likely coming up with the funding. Why on earth would anyone want to waste time and resources on this nonsense. Probably a friend of Obama thinking he’ll stimulate economy. This is the arrogance of the elite run amuck.


4 posted on 12/14/2012 8:59:13 AM PST by Taggart_D
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To: chessplayer
I loved the comment at the bottom of the Yahoo page: "Holy #$%$!!! Pot hasn't even been legal in Washington State for a month and look where we are already!"

LOL!

5 posted on 12/14/2012 8:59:20 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: reefdiver

Are tax payers being soaked for this nonsense?


That was probably the attitude of people when Columbus set sail for the New World.


6 posted on 12/14/2012 9:00:12 AM PST by chessplayer
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The findings will be as bogus as the global warming nonsense, but cheered by the msm and world gov’ts to validate the taking of innocent life.

After all, it wasn’t really ‘life’ anyway.

Will this ‘prove’ that God doesn’t exist also?

Methinks this is just part of a grander plan.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 9:01:17 AM PST by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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“That was probably the attitude of people when Columbus set sail for the New World.”

It’s virtually stunning that you could draw that comparison.


8 posted on 12/14/2012 9:02:45 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Taggart_D

Does your complaint about “soaking the taxpayers” refer to the experiment or the simulation? :)


9 posted on 12/14/2012 9:03:15 AM PST by the_Watchman
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To: chessplayer
...in some ancient civilization's computer game.

In which they were a game...In which they were a game...In which they were a game....

10 posted on 12/14/2012 9:03:34 AM PST by onedoug
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To: chessplayer

C’mon, Man!

I was just getting to where I could comprehend the Big Bang, and the pointy heads come up with this sh!t.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 9:03:56 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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That would mean liberals are just computer viruses. I like this theory.


12 posted on 12/14/2012 9:04:57 AM PST by sphinx ([)
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To: chessplayer

There are some ideas so absurd . . .


13 posted on 12/14/2012 9:05:27 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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Only these self proclaimed “scientists” are a computer simulation... a viral infection at best... the rest of us that know GOD know the truth. Hell awaits those who deny HIM.

LLS

14 posted on 12/14/2012 9:05:36 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (¬ďA child is born in Bethlehem" KING of KINGS)
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To: chessplayer; Salamander; humblegunner; Semper Mark; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows; ...

On the right track, but not quite ping!

(The universe is actually a fractal holographic representation of the Mind Of God.)


15 posted on 12/14/2012 9:07:39 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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of course we’re a computer simulation! the answer us “42”! now the question! that’s something else entirely. ask the mice


16 posted on 12/14/2012 9:09:04 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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After just getting rid of the Islam scum, Spaniards probably had zero awareness or could care less how the Queen spent her money.


17 posted on 12/14/2012 9:09:43 AM PST by X-spurt (Ted Cruz for President of the Republic of Texas)
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To: camle

I still like the idea of Voyager bumping into a wall with stars painted on it.


18 posted on 12/14/2012 9:12:14 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: reefdiver
Are tax payers being soaked for this nonsense?

We're not tax payers. Apparently, we're characters.

19 posted on 12/14/2012 9:12:29 AM PST by Living Free in NH
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There are some ideas so absurd . . .

Like how time is relative, space can be curved, and pretty much everything about quantum mechanics, all of which are now both experimentally proven, and have practical applications?

20 posted on 12/14/2012 9:13:33 AM PST by Strategerist
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