Many mainstream scientists have started to question the “real-ness” of what we see as reality
What if you were told that the world you sense and perceive on a daily basis is simply an elaborate simulation of the mind and consciousness? You probably wouldn’t take it seriously. But actually, scientists across the world are thinking along the same lines. That our reality could be a part of a simulation. What we perceive to be a three-dimensional manifest universe might actually be a two-dimensional one, projected across the cosmos through consciousness.
From Indian schools of philosophy to modern day scientists like Robert Lanza, Computer scientists like Nick Bostrom and Innovators like Elon Musk, the simulation theory is gaining popularity in the scientific circles. This idea of the fundamental nature of our reality being a simulation or an illusion is an intriguing theory that Is worth looking at.Considering the fact that not only ancient scholars but also modern scientists are starting to look into it, the simulation theory is definitely a convincing argument.
The simulation theory proposes that reality including the perceptible and imperceptible universe, is in fact, an artificial simulation, most likely a virtual computer based simulation. Many versions of this argument propose that considering the rate of advancement of technology and the development of virtual reality systems, it is not inconceivable to think that at a certain point, humans will be able to develop virtual reality games/simulations that are high definition enough to be indistinguishable from reality. Now if we consider this to be true, then it follow that we could already be in a simulation being ran by a future civilization that has reached the level of technological advancement.
While there are many versions to the simulation hypothesis, from virtual reality to mind-made constructs, the basic philosophy behind this is that what we see is entirely fluid and temporary. It is transient.
Tracing the roots of this theory, with the underlying thesis that reality is inherently an illusion, it started first with the Indian philosophy of Maya and the “Butterfly Dream” concept of Zhuanzi. While there were many schools of philosophy in the Indian culture discussing the concept of “Maya” or illusion, the most prominent ones were -- The Nyaya School, the Vedanta School, and the Advaita Vedanta school. The word “Maya” has even been mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, the Upanishads, and even the Vedas.
It is interesting to think that there might be more to the world that what meets the eye. While the simulation theory is just a theory, it is worth thinking about.
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