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Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Sarcastic on Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:38 pm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50232422/ns/technology_and_science-science/

What if everything — all of us, the world, the universe — was not real? What if everything we are, know and do was really just someone's computer simulation?

The notion that our reality was some kid on a couch in the far future playing with a computer game like a gigantic Sim City, or Civilization, and we are the player's characters, isn't new. But some physicists now think they know of a way to test the concept. Three of them propose to test reality by simulating the simulators.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Gaucho on Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:49 pm

Take the blue pill.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby columbia on Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:50 pm

On sure sign that we are in a simulation is our inability to prove it.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby CERV96 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:51 pm

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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Rylan on Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:53 pm

I wish we are in a simulation cause then maybe there would be hope for a few friends of mine to hit the reset button back to the previous auto save and still be alive or not paralyzed
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:55 pm

Pinch yourself. If you feel it you're not dreaming.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Willie Kool on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:01 pm

IMO the only thing of value in that article is -
The notion that reality is something other than we think it is goes far back in philosophy, including Plato and his Parable of the Cave, which claimed reality was merely shadows of real objects on a cave wall.

The rest, nothing but some Sci-Fi fanboys wasting research $.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby columbia on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:03 pm

Willie Kool wrote:IMO the only thing of value in that article is -
The notion that reality is something other than we think it is goes far back in philosophy, including Plato and his Parable of the Cave, which claimed reality was merely shadows of real objects on a cave wall.

The rest, nothing but some Sci-Fi fanboys wasting research $.


Why not be open to the idea?
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Rylan on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:05 pm

I miss the philosophy thread. I also like thinking of alternate ways in how time and space works. Like everything happening is on a sort of time delay and we are nothing but memories.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Willie Kool on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:17 pm

columbia wrote:
Willie Kool wrote:IMO the only thing of value in that article is -
The notion that reality is something other than we think it is goes far back in philosophy, including Plato and his Parable of the Cave, which claimed reality was merely shadows of real objects on a cave wall.

The rest, nothing but some Sci-Fi fanboys wasting research $.


Why not be open to the idea?

IDK. It just seems unbelievable and contrived to me. I will continue to believe 'I am' or maybe more accurately 'I and I are' until it is proven otherwise. I don't presume to know exactly what, where, when, or how 'we are'; but I feel I have to take a stand at existence being real.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby viva la ben on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:19 pm

What is real?
How do you define real?
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby MRandall25 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:23 pm

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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Willie Kool on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:28 pm

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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Willie Kool on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:33 pm

viva la ben wrote:What is real?
How do you define real?

That which I can perceive or deduce.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby MWB on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:46 pm

Rylan wrote:I miss the philosophy thread. I also like thinking of alternate ways in how time and space works. Like everything happening is on a sort of time delay and we are nothing but memories.


What happened to the philosophy thread?
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby columbia on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:49 pm

MWB wrote:
Rylan wrote:I miss the philosophy thread. I also like thinking of alternate ways in how time and space works. Like everything happening is on a sort of time delay and we are nothing but memories.


What happened to the philosophy thread?


The simulation failed due to a power outage.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby tifosi77 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:51 pm

Biggest plot hole in "The Matrix"....... why did the simulated world even have computers at all? Why didn't the machines simply make everyone believe it was 7th century Europe? Without computers in the Matrix, Trinity never would have been able to make contact with Neo.
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby pensfan1989 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:52 pm

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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby columbia on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:54 pm

tifosi77 wrote:Biggest plot hole in "The Matrix"....... why did the simulated world even have computers at all? Why didn't the machines simply make everyone believe it was 7th century Europe? Without computers in the Matrix, Trinity never would have been able to make contact with Neo.


Creating a world with computers was coded into a required "include file", which was running on the computer which created the machines. :pop:
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:57 pm

/nizzylolwut
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby canaan on Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:11 pm

If this were true, mork would be the lawnmower man
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:12 pm

MWB wrote:
Rylan wrote:I miss the philosophy thread. I also like thinking of alternate ways in how time and space works. Like everything happening is on a sort of time delay and we are nothing but memories.


What happened to the philosophy thread?


I got tired of talking to myself. :slug:
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:27 pm

What if everything — all of us, the world, the universe — was not real? What if everything we are, know and do was really just someone's computer simulation?


Isn't that what approximately 90% of the U.S. thinks (more or less)?
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Pitt87 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:31 pm

Sarcastic wrote:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50232422/ns/technology_and_science-science/

What if everything — all of us, the world, the universe — was not real? What if everything we are, know and do was really just someone's computer simulation?

The notion that our reality was some kid on a couch in the far future playing with a computer game like a gigantic Sim City, or Civilization, and we are the player's characters, isn't new. But some physicists now think they know of a way to test the concept. Three of them propose to test reality by simulating the simulators.


Isn't that what theologists postulate often? We are the latest iteration of an experiment of a superior being? I heard he's going to hit the 'reset' button Friday, so we'll know soon...
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Re: Is 'reality' unreal?

Postby Rylan on Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:36 pm

Kraftster wrote:
What if everything — all of us, the world, the universe — was not real? What if everything we are, know and do was really just someone's computer simulation?


Isn't that what approximately 90% of the U.S. thinks (more or less)?


If it is I picked the wrong freaking reality.
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