Are We Living In A Box?

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by The Boy Who Cried Worf, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. The Boy Who Cried Worf

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  3. PurpleBuddha

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    Maybe a box within a box.

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  4. The Castellan

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    Thinking in a box, yes.
     
  5. Silvercrest

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    Computer, end program.


    COMPUTER, END PROGRAM!!!


    COMPUTER, END @#$% PROGRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    Dang.
     
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    Maybe December 21st, 2012 is the scheduled defrag of The Universe. Long overdue, IMO.
     
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    In all seriousness, this is easily the most frivolous scientific study I have ever heard of and I can only hope that the scientists involved haven't managed to con anyone into giving them real money for it.
     
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    There is no box. Only then will we realize the truth.
     
  12. Robert Maxwell

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    It ultimately doesn't matter whether we are living in what could be described as a "simulation" or not. Whatever our universe "really" is at the core, what we do know is that its physical rules have been constant since shortly after the Big Bang, and it's been around long enough that I don't think we have to worry about anyone "shutting it off" anytime soon.

    This makes it a fundamentally irrelevant question. Whether our universe is "real" or just a very, very well-done simulation, it's a difference that makes no difference.
     
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  14. Zulu Romeo

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    That was Kiri-Kin-Tha's first law of metaphysics! You're getting your Vulcan philosophers mixed up.
     
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    Again the assumption that our universe isn't the end, and there needs to be something that's wrapped around it. And what's wrapped around that?

    This always puzzles me.

    And besides that, shouldn't it be impossible for a simulation (a program) to prove that it is a program? Halting problem anyone?
     
  17. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Bacon
     
  18. JarodRussell

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    And around that? Even more bacon? Or cheese?
     
  19. Robert Maxwell

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    This question was answered a long time ago.

    It's turtles, turtles, turtles, all the way down.
     
  20. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Turtles wrapped in bacon? That'd be a bit awkward.