Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Our Universe as Virtual Reality

Our universe as virtual reality
(from Boingboing)
Posted by David Pescovitz, January 7, 2008 1:54 PM | permalink
The notion that our reality is a simulation or "control system" of some kind has always intrigued me. Long before The Matrix, folks like Jacques Vallee, John Keel, Rudy Rucker, and Hans Moravec played with this idea in very smart ways. And recently, Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom developed a mathematical argument to support the mind-bending theory. His work was even the subject of a New York Times column last year. My Fortean friend Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Journal pointed me to another new paper, "The Physical World as a Virtual Reality," written by Brian Whitworth and published by Massey University's Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science in Auckland, New Zealand.

This post has links to the abstract, and lots of good follow-up comments...

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