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  1. #1 Entanglement a result of the simulation hypothesis? 
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    I have been thinking about how it can be that in the realms of quantum mechanics we can have such a manifestation as entanglement or as Einstein remarked “spooky action at a distance” implying that there is some mechanism that allows faster than light communication to occur. With all that being said it assumes that our everyday reality is 3 dimensional space in which we all happen to occupy and see relative continuity (thanks to rotational and translational invariance). But what if we looked at it slightly differently. I refer to the simulation hypothesis. When we play an up to date three dimensional video game we can physically see from our vantage point objects in the game as if they were spatially separate from one another. Our interactions with game have a direct influence on its outcome, we win we lose we blow things up etc. Despite all of the clever three dimensional graphics the visual dimensions are a manifestation of its background programming.
    Now suppose the programming was advanced enough to the point where it could incorporate within it an intelligence that was smart enough to become self-aware to the point where it could make measurements of its immediate surroundings in an objective way. That intelligence would not necessarily understand that it was living in a simulation. Coming back to the programmer of the game – and there is where I make my analogy, suppose you wanted to change an aspect of the game that you were not fundamentally happy with. You would alter the code, that would in effect render all parts of the program to change simultaneously and to the simulated self-aware consciousness it would appear that something very strange had happened – spooky action at a distance. The consciousness would then ask how is it that all of these red roses have suddenly turned green at the same time. It would appear that something was happening beyond the scope of physics as they have come to understand them.
    If I think about entanglement as a change in our reality at the code level I can start to make sense as to why this happens in the first place. I could envision that the programming code itself does not exist in the same dimensional space as the physical reality. It would also mean that the point of simulated consciousness would appear to move through special dimensions from their perspective, but from ours the simulated self-aware consciousness simply experiences a change in information. Now, If you had more than one self-aware simulated consciousness living within the same program then they could agree upon their scientific conclusions and results all the time believing that there was some spooky interconnectedness that somehow allows objects to interfere with one another irrespective of distance.
    I know that there are many that would find the thought of being a simulation ludicrous, scary even and I'm not even going to go into any religious or philosophical arguments here, it is meant as a possible line of enquiry to a 100 year old scientific debate. Perhaps the fact that Quantum mechanics is our best theory to date says something about what we are really made of - points of fuzzy nothings in no real measurable place. After all - we are made of bits - atoms -and the like and they essentially digital.


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    What is the game called? Is it the Forces of Good verses the Forces of Evil?


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    We all live in a computer game, like GTA. Just don't dun over any old people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robkinsella View Post
    We all live in a computer game, like GTA. Just don't dun over any old people.
    Do you speak my language? What is GTA? dun?
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    Grand Theft Auto ;o)
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    and "don't"
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    Paul Davies goes into some detail about simulated universes in his book, the Goldilocks Enigma. I don't think though he has offered an explanation for Entanglement. For me it feels quite obvious that this would be a natural effect if we were indeed living inside a simulation.
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