Simulation Theory and Dreams

Simulation theory and dreams are important. Many people, including Elon Musk, think we are living in a simulation. We may doubt this theory, but then every night we create a simulation inside our heads while we sleep. Dreams are the ultimate VR, the realist simulation we can think of. It isn’t crazy to think that dreams are proof of simulation, or use them as a tool to think about how life could be a simulation too.

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Is it possible that we are living in a simulation and don’t know it?

  • Technology advances, games get better, how do we know that hasn’t already happened?
  • The universe seems determined, so a computer could do that, but all doesn’t need to be determined, just what we can observe and measure.
  • simulation of detail, only need when examined, otherwise could just be ‘outside’ details
  • basically, we only need to think thinks are real, consciousness is the only thing that needs tricking.

Some Assumptions of simulation theory:

  1. it is possible to simulate consciousness, we hardly know what consciousness is, what it takes, what it means, are plants conscious?
  2. Technological progress will not stop anytime soon, telescoping evolution of time, what computers would we even need that we couldn’t create in time?
  3. Advanced civilizations don’t destroy themselves, we still exist but haven’t found other civilizations.
  4. super-advanced civilizations want to run simulations, sim ant, sim city, the sims.
  5. if there are a lot of simulations, you are probably inside of one, everyone has a copy of the sims, so most conscious beings are simulated… more likely to be situation than anything else.

Lots of assumptions of simulation theory are impossible to test.

Even if simulation theory was true, it wouldn’t change anything.

Things are only real when you look at them.

We create a simulation every night when we dream, so dreams are simulations. In a way, they prove that it is possible to create simulations. What is to say that isn’t all the proof we need.

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