Bill Nye: Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?
So are we living in a videogame? Are we actually
part of a giant simulation? I don’t think you can know. I think you can argue that whoever
has written the simulation, whatever super entity has written the simulation could make
it so sophisticated that even your memories are a result of this being programmed by the
simulator or simulatrix. So the question is at some level irrelevant but another level
I think we would have to agree it’s unknowable. You can just presume any level of sophistication
that makes it undetectable to us. With that said there have been a lot of science fiction
stories where people discover that they’re living in a dome or inside a hollow world
or underground and the metaphors for this are from our everyday experience. You hear
about kids who have been kidnapped and kept in a room until they’re 14 and they know
nothing of the world outside. And the human mind apparently at some level is uncapable
of detecting that outside world unless something goes wrong. For me as a philosopher to prove
that we’re living in a videogame is an extraordinary level of effort. But if you can do it bring
it on. But it seems to me it’s a hard question to resolve because it’s easy to imagine
a game designer, a simulation designer making it so sophisticated that you can’t tell.
Good luck out there.