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  1. #1 Could reality actually be a virtual reality machine? 
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    Reality is made up of different energy fields and Atoms and other particles, but is it possible that the world and the entire universe is just a virtual reality machine "Program"?
    Could Atoms and such like just be computer bits, bytes or whatever?
    Whoa mind blowing....?


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    If it is, we have no way of finding out, unless there are some glitches or disruptions in the program. Remember how the heroes in "Matrix" reacted when Neo had a deja vu?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leszek Luchowski
    If it is, we have no way of finding out, unless there are some glitches or disruptions in the program. Remember how the heroes in "Matrix" reacted when Neo had a deja vu?
    Even in the case when there's a glitch, what do we have to compare this to? For all we would know, various natural phenomena that we have observed and built into our models of the universe such as relativity represent a break in the intended order of the simulation. The problem is that we have no context in which to assess that. The assumptions that the universe is "real" or "false" or even "imaginary" are inherently non-testable. It appears real in as much as can be possibly determined, and so we are forced to assume it is so.
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    well no not really if u think of it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADAMA
    well no not really if u think of it...
    Well, what about my comment do you disagree with? As I've said, it's hard to imagine how we'd test the "reality" of our reality. As scientists we model all that we can observe, and that will include hypothetical glitches and artefacts in the nature of our universe itself. Now, if we manage to somehow exit the simulation, that would be a good test.

    On a related note, there is a fairly plausible hypothesis regarding the nature of the universe as being "holographic". Not quite what the OP was thinking, but still pretty mindbending stuff.
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    The holographic principle is one of those things where I sort of suspect that scientists are just messing with us :P Like how e^(pi * i) + 1 = 0.
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