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How One Scientist Hopes to Demonstrate That We Are Simulations

The Simulation Theory is a long-held theory that claims everything we know and love is merely a component of an elaborate computer simulation. It is a belief that assumes everything we know is a hologram created by a sophisticated virtual reality. A theoretical physicist is now attempting to test this theory and determine whether it is true or false.

A common misconception is that the entirety of our universe is just a simulation, Melvin Vopson, a senior lecturer in physics at the University of Portsmouth, wrote in a post on The Conversation. According to this simulation theory, algorithms and computer equations are responsible for everything that occurs.

Though it may seem absurd, the theory is supported by information physics, a separate field of science. According to this branch, matter and space-time are merely details that make up our physical universe, not fundamental phenomena. According to simulation theory, our perception is caused by this information.

That can encompass not only the physical world but also concepts such as temperature, how we perceive the environment, etc. It’s an intriguing notion that has been around since John Archibald proposed that the universe is fundamentally made up of information in the 1980s. However, if simulation theory is accurate, how could we demonstrate this?

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Vopson says that among the experiments we could carry out is looking for the fifth type of matter. According to Vopson, the informational fragments that make up our reality would go into this fifth type. There is also the notion that this theory was already debunked by scientists in 2017. Simulator theory was, regrettably, not entirely refuted at that time.

Vopson also suggests that we consider scanning for accumulating computational errors. Errors that may point to the possibility that the simulation theory is true and not made up.
It’s a long shot in either case, but if information physics researchers can demonstrate such a thing, it would fundamentally alter how we perceive the universe.


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