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Are We Just Pixels in Someone’s Video Game? The Simulation Conundrum Explored!

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at MUJ chapter.

Ever wondered if our reality is just a big ol’ simulation, like a giant video game where someone is controlling us with a joystick? It’s a mind-bending concept straight out of science fiction, but as technology advances and our understanding of the universe deepens, more and more people are considering the idea seriously. Well, buckle up because we’re about to take a wild ride down the rabbit hole of simulated realities!

First things first, what exactly is a simulation? Imagine you’re playing The Sims or Minecraft. You create characters, build stuff, and basically play god in a virtual world. Now, apply that concept to our universe – the idea that some super-advanced beings or maybe even future versions of ourselves have created a virtual reality where we exist. And you’re not the player, but rather one of the characters inside the game, unaware of the outside world.

Sounds crazy, right? But here’s the thing: some super smart folks, like Elon Musk, Nick Bostrom, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, have actually entertained this idea. They argue that if technology keeps advancing at its current rate, we could one day create hyper-realistic simulations ourselves. So, who’s to say some other civilization hasn’t already done it?

One of the most famous proponents of the simulation theory is Elon Musk, the real-life Tony Stark of our era, has famously stated that the odds are “billions to one” that we’re not living in a simulation.

But wait, there’s more! Remember those weird glitches you sometimes experience in video games? Like characters walking through walls or disappearing into thin air?

Well, some scientists think they’ve found similar glitches in our universe – things like the laws of physics behaving oddly at the quantum level or mysterious cosmic phenomena or for our simple understanding Think déjà vu, strange coincidences, or those moments when you swear you saw a UFO that just don’t quite add up. 

Now, before you start panicking and questioning the meaning of life, let’s take a breather. Whether we’re living in a simulation or not, does it really change anything? I mean, we still gotta go to college, do homework, and binge-watch Netflix, right?

Plus, even if we are just digital pawns in some cosmic game, does that make our experiences any less real or meaningful? After all, whether you’re hugging your

Grandma, eating pizza, or binging on memes, those moments feel pretty darn real, don’t they?

So, let’s embrace the uncertainty and enjoy the ride. Whether we’re part of a grand simulation or not, life is still one heck of an adventure. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll meet the gamers controlling us and ask for cheat codes! But until then, let’s keep on living, laughing, and exploring this crazy, beautiful simulation called life.

Also if you’re itching for more mind-bending theories and cosmic ponderings, here are some fascinating reads and videos:

▪︎Nick Bostrom’s paper “Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?”

▪︎Elon Musk’s interview with Joe Rogan where he discusses simulation theory

▪︎Neil deGrasse Tyson’s take on simulation theory in his book “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”

▪︎ PBS Space Time

▪︎ The Simulation Hypothesis documentary by Hacking the System

▪︎ Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

▪︎ Klee Irwin- Are We in a simulation?

Mariya, a 18-year-old wordsmith. She is a first year student of Manipal University. Growing up with love for reading, made her start weaving her own stories and led her to be a writer. Her writing explores themes of identity, finances, friendship, etc. Beyond the pages, She is a typical teen with a penchant for coffee shops, old bollywood songs, sketching and fashion.