# Rizwan Virk: "The Simulation Hypothesis" | Talks at Google

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Because There are so many more of these meanings so. That's one, version of the argument but. You know I wanted to delve a little bit deeper and say okay how do we get there as a civilization, and it's. All starts with video games so about a third of the book is dedicated to, how, we build a technology and if, we go back to the 1970s. You know text adventures were the first place where there, was a virtual world inside the computer that could be explored there, were no graphics but you could give little commands like go north go left and you could speak with NPCs, then, we got graphical, arcade games like the ones I grew up with and today we're at 3d. Massively. Multiplayer online role-playing games, where there are more. Realistic, NPCs, and there, are millions of people interacting with each other which, brings up an interesting philosophical question, if you and I are both playing World of Warcraft you. Know are we in the same space, are. We even seeing, the same world it's, what I call the rendered world, of. Course that's the beginning stage. Four and five are about virtual reality and photorealistic, augmented, reality. Stage, six though is where it starts to get interesting because now we say at some point we got to get rid of the the glasses, right I mean, even, though I forgot for a moment that I was playing ping pong I did in fact have the glasses on my head and I would have realized it eventually and so as we start to be able to render objects, in augmented reality using. Light field displays in, the idea is that you can figure out how the light bounces, off of this cup for example then. What is the difference between the cup and a. Physical object where, light bounces, off the physical, object the physical object becomes information, right. And today's 3d printers are already showing us this we can take any physical, object and we, can encode it into a set of pixels 3d, pixels right, well if that's true then. The distinction between information. And material. Reality, starts, to blur, and that's actually one of the key points in my book is that we may be living in a world of information and, not, a world, of physical, material, objects right the more physicists, open up you, know they look down the molecules they look at the look, inside the atoms and they can't find physical, matter right.

And. And. The simulation hypothesis. So. Let, me jump forward a I and NPCs I mean the first practical, AI how. Many people know this was Claude Shannon, it was a professor at MIT and. Where he created a chess-playing computer. And in. That same year in 1950, Alan Turing came up with his idea of the, imitation game which is now known as the Turing test here, at Google I'm sure you guys have all heard of this where, the idea is that behind. One curtain there's a computer and the other curtain there's a person and if you can't tell the difference then. It, has passed the imitation game or passed the Turing test we, seem to be getting closer to it we're, not quite there yet with our NPCs, right we still use dialogue trees if you've played a telltale, game right don't, say what do you want to say back to this character but, we're getting there in the video game side so. You, know it's just a matter. Of time I think before we get realistic looking NPCs, and. Then we get to stage 10 downloadable. Consciousness, right, and so the question here is gets, back to that fundamental question. Is. Consciousness, just a set of information that. Can be downloaded and, put, into a silicon device or, is, it something else that, that exists, somewhere else in which case simply. Copying, the neurons isn't, enough so, far we've, had computers, which have simulated all the neurons and the, neural connections within, a rat's brain which. Is a much smaller number than the human brain so, it's not that it won't be that long before we're able to simulate all of the neurons and all, of the neural connections of a human brain I think that number is something like 10 to the 39 once. We can do that you, know do we have the ability to replicate consciousness. But, this brings us now to metaphysical. Questions many. Of you may have heard of the quantum teleportation done. In China of a, particular. Particle to, a satellite but. Really what they're teleporting, is the, information, contained, in that particle, not the particle itself so, the question is if you replicate somebody's. Neural structure are you creating a copy of that person or is, it actually that person so these are deeper philosophical issues then.

Came Out in the 1990s, and was one of the first 3d. Perspective games, but of course the. Techniques. Have gotten much more sophisticated since, then so, the rule golden. Rule in video games is render only that which is observed which, brings up the question. Is there a shared rendered, world or, not. Now, if you and I are playing for. Night or World of Warcraft or Second, Life or any of these games we, think we're in the same scene but, the reality is there is no shared rendered world I'm rendering it on my laptop you're. Rendering it on your laptop or your phone and so. Physicists. Have been asking the question for, a while is there no shared rendered world there, was a Nobel prize-winning physicist, named Wigner, Eugene. Wigner who asked this question saying, if I look at a particle and see the collapse of the probability, wave and then, Wigner's friend, looks. At it before I tell him what I observed will. He see the same collapse of the probability, wave that. I saw and he. Wasn't able to do the experiment, back in the 60s, well they just did it in recently using, a series of I think five or six entangled particles and they, found that Wigner and Wigner's friend could observe, different. Collapses, of the probability, wave okay. So this is pretty profound two, different people might, observe, a very, different, rendering, of the world it's, not unlike what we do in video games right I if, you're a level 10 character and I'm a level 5 on. The server we can send you a different, thing, I can put a UFO in the scene if I have a lot for you and the other guy won't see it right so we're sending information. To a rendering device, which, is rendering it at unconsciousness which brings up the point of what, is that. Rendering, device, is it our brains is it consciousness is it something else John. Wheeler who we'll talk about in a minute you, know said that everything. Is information theoretic, in origin he's a pretty, well-known physicist, so, it seems like quantum.

Indeterminacy Could. Be an optimization. Technique same, kind of techniques we use when we build video games what. About quantum entanglement, okay. You, know Einstein called, it spooky action at a distance it's, you and confirmed now. You. Know quantum entangled, particles, have been able, to get pretty far apart from each other theoretically. They could get millions of miles away but. Why. Would nature have, an instance where these particles, are entangled why would it need to I would. Pause it again. Coming. At it from computer science and video gaming point of view that, it's all about optimization. And compression. Now what does this have to do with Game of Thrones well. The reason I can stream, Game of Thrones to, my phone is. Because it. Doesn't send all the pixels right I mean at a HD resolution, think of how many pixels would have to be sent to, my phone and how many frames there are at 30 frames per second right, so what we do is we take all the particles the pixels that have the same values and we collapse, them all right we're going back to Claude Shannon, and an information theory and compression, and whenever, you compress, things. You, reduce, the. Amount of information that has to be transmitted. But, you also need to decompress that information, which, means you need error correction, codes and people. Some, certain scientists, are starting to find error, correction, codes in, the physical universe it's all theoretical at this point but there are string theorists, for example who find who found error correction, codes in the Asians and. People. Who are simulating, physical universes, using. A smaller number of particle an entangled, particles are finding that, error correction, codes are present as well there, so, it's very possible that, quantum. Entanglement really, is it is yet another compression. Technique. Or optimization, technique so these are clues that we find in the physical world now. Another interpretation, of this, is, that. The, probability wave never actually collapses, what, happens is that every time there's a decision made we. Branch out into multiple different, universes, okay, so we probably have a bunch, of computer scientists, here and engineers like, if you were to branch out and create a copy of something how. Would you do that right if you look at the physical world and you, look at physical processes, creating, a clone of the sheep dolly you, still have to grow the cell creating. A clone of a tree it's, a slow process following. Some some algorithms, that we don't fully understand, but they're probably fractal, in nature however, in, computer science we just copy the information from the server and says boom we now have another ranch if. You're branching out your crypto currency blockchain like Bitcoin for example, right you just take a copy of the blockchain at that point if the. Melting many-worlds, hypothesis. Is true there must be a mechanism that can instantly create copies, of the, physical universe which. Means that it's more likely to be an information based reality than. A physical, material, universe in my opinion this. Also begs. The question if there, are multiple parallel, universes are, they really just probability. Or do they actually exist, so, you know when I was making my first video games we used to use something called the minimax algorithm right we would look at the current state of the board and we would project forward, and then, we would look at all the probabilities and we would find them the biggest the, best most optimal, function and that's, the pact that we would choose there's. A physicist, named Tom Campbell I wrote a book called my big toe my big there him everything he believes that that's what nature does is it spins off these virtual, realities. As. Parallel. Universes, but they don't actually exist they're, just they're, just probabilities. And then whatever is most optimal, that's the path that we follow, that's how rendering, happens. Within physical world so these are all interesting and there's a you know a lot more aspects, of physics which I won't get into a ton of detail now the delayed choice experiment, which shows that a decision in the future can, affect the path do, we have pixelated, space going back to Max Planck the, smallest.

You. Know physical distance we can measure is called the Planck length below. That we can't measure it why would there need to be a smallest. Distance. Right if nature was continuous, in material that, may not be needed pixel. At a time which. Is something we do in simulations, and computer games all the time you have a clock speed and you, have a certain, you. Know you have a certain generation for example if you're simulating fruit flies every. Year you look at the population but. Whatever speed. Of the simulation, the, set it has to be a multiple of the clock speed so, if there is a pixelated, time. A minimum. Unit of time and many physicists, are starting to think there is then. It's very possible that we're in some kind of a compute engine that's. Going forward, and. There's more about speed of light and wormholes and good stuff like that and, of course quantum superposition, and qubits which you, know I talked a little bit more about in the book as well so, I'm gonna end the physics section here because we're running out of time but John. Wheeler who was one of the last physicists. To work with Einstein, and many of the Great's of quantum physics you know he came to the conclusion that the. Physical universe was. Really based on information and he had famous phrase he called it it from bit which. Is the idea that anything you see that's physical is based on information and he, says in his lifetime we, went through three stages of physics in the first stage everything. Was a particle it was a material universe, in, the second phase, everything. Was a field. Probability. Field of quantum field and by, the third phase everything. Was a series of bits you, know and now that we're looking at quantum, computers and qubits we're starting to see everything, could be an on, and off structure, and be built of bits which, leads us back to this idea that we could be living in an information, centric, simulated. World, around us and those are just some of the clues the. Third big aspect, that I cover in the book is this idea of. Mystical. Traditions, and the world's religions and. Turns out not just, any. One religion right. Sometimes I get pushback from people particularly religion like I was on a show in South Carolina, and this guy said that's not what Jesus Christ said you. Know that we're living in a simulated, computer game we're sitting there playing Mario, Brothers I said. Well let's, look a little more deeply what he said, but. Particularly, Eastern, traditions, seem, to you don't even have to do an analogy, right I mean Buddha said know that all phenomena, are like reflections, appearing, in a very clear mirror, devoid. Of inherent, existence sounds. A lot like pixels. In, the Hindu. Traditions, that's, a picture of the god Vishnu who's, having a dream and we're all part, of the, dream in the Veda as they talk about the Leela or, the grand play, of life like. A stage play we, were all characters, kind, of like Shakespeare, said right all the world's a stage and we're all characters.

Mean That you can't find evidence for it right, 200, years ago the idea of meteorites, was. Unfalsifiable. Scientists said that's ridiculous there's no way that that's happening I think it didn't believe it there was a belief system that. Said these, things cannot be here therefore they don't exist contrary. To some evidence that people had seen things falling from the skies at how you imagined the whole thing right but, eventually they did find some evidence for, meteorites and today we actually accept that, meteorites do exist and things do fall from the sky but we needed a different model of how the universe worked before, we were able to get to that point and so, I think you can find evidence, and in the book I go into some of the experiments, that people have done to try to figure out if we have a pixelated reality, etc. And so there may be a more scientific, way of doing it but I would say explore consciousness is the way to up from the game. So, I really enjoyed, the parallels you drew between aspects. Of a reality, and, video. Game software like. The pixelization of the world with, Planck's constant and. How. These quantum, phenomena, might be forms. Of compression, so. What I'm wondering is, we. All know that software has bugs and that, they're unavoidable so what. Is the. Analogous, what are bugs in the simulation, what do they look like yes, we detect them yeah great question so if you remember in the movie The Matrix, you, know they, coined that - the phrase which is used pretty often now a glitch in the matrix and, if, you remember it was the cat that. Was going by the door and then. He looked again and it was the same scene replayed it, was a glitch in the software so. The. Question is are there glitches, in, the physical matrix around us now I mentioned, philip k dick he. Wrote a novel called the adjustment, team short. Story which became The Adjustment Bureau which, is a big blockbuster movie, with you, know Matt Damon and Emily Blunt but, he believed that it was experiences, of deja vu just like the glitches of the matrix in the movie and, he one. Point he said I used to have a light switch here in, my bathroom now I have this, chain, what. The heck changed. He, thought that somebody had played with the simulation, and it, actually changed, little things in the physical realm we believe in big changes and little things and so a lot of the unexplained, phenomenon, that I talked about but I didn't really get into detail today that. A lot of modern science dismisses, could in fact be. Glitches in the matrix, particularly. Around you, know things like feelings, of deja vu and. Precognitive. Dreaming right there's a lot of literature on this stuff that, because our belief system doesn't allow it most scientists, won't even look at it that if. You've ever a scientist we won't look at data that, happens in this realm but not in other realms and so I think that that's why I included the whole area of mysticism and religions in the book because I believe there's a lot of glitches in the matrix but we've been conditioned, for, a long time to not look at those as anything, real. This. One says the general simulation, hypothesis, is inconsequential.

And Unfalsifiable because, if it were somehow proven, true it would make no difference within observable, reality and one can always claim that reality as a simulation is. Preferred version of the simulation, hypothesis, either consequential. Or falsifiable. Right. So you know getting back to what I just said a few moments ago just, because you can't prove it's not true doesn't. Mean that you can't find evidence that. It is true and you. Know I was just down at a university. Down in Southern California where that we're running some experiments, to try to show evidence that, in fact. Consciousness. Is needed. To collapse the probability, wave not just a device because, the device could be part of the simulation as well right so if. And, and depending, on what we find if in, fact you need a conscious, person as opposed to a device that. Brings up back, to my preferred, version of the simulation hypothesis, which is that the RPG version, that we, are conscious entities who are playing characters now. Is it consequential, I'll get back to the to my last point in this talk if you, were playing a particular game, like EVE Online, your, goal may be to build spaceships and, you, know build an empire intergalactic. Knowing. That you're in a simulation might, alter your behavior. Because. You'll have a different set of quests, and achievements, that's, why I like the video game analogy, more, than just a straight simulated, environment, itself yeah. We, want to thank you so much for being here thanks everybody. You.

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one of my oldest friends in the world and one of the smartest people i know. go rizwan!

I spend most of my time collapsing probability waves on youtube.

would this help explain why massive objects affect time? the more mass involved the "longer" itd take the simulation to process all them bits, slowing time relative to other regions

Simulation hypothesis is just religion 2.0.

Bell's Inequality is just bad RNG.

When he was talking about the rendered objects in the simulation, all I could think of was a recent popular music album by Billie Eilish called "When we all fall asleep, where do we go?" In that album, the song "bury a friend" asks this very question.

Quoth ]03:30+035s[ What happens to those characters when I'm not logged in Insightful ]42:00+090s[ Great first questions regarding ML and dare I say recursive merit system that determines if right action by assessing all outcomes and ranking them. Sounds exactly like what Sussman and RMS were playing with idea wise back in the 70's on the fastest and most efficient learning. Force decision points to gain more information and data which provides outcome assessments retroactively. This is why I fear spawning too many minecraft worlds. They are massive and should be attended to.

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Can't believe he liked my post on twitter last week. !

please include subtitles in other languages

I wonder how something like "glitch in the matrix" could be translated in a language that has not yet developed the concept of virutal reality in its language forms? I'm not talking about making a reference to the movie, but the concept of simulation. A simpler case for example could be converting a number from one system to another system that has no concept of zero.

I believe the whole issue of video games, other than for mere entertainment, is at best a distraction from developing a better understanding of the quantum world and reality. Studying dreams and consciousness are much more worthy pursuits than delving deeper into video games. Think about a basic dream that people may experience on any given night: the brain apparently creates an entire world that, unless it's a lucid dream, cannot be distinguished from reality itself. then we do it again, and again. And most importantly, more often than not, it's a *believable* reality, at least until we perform some "impossible" task that wakes us up. Science:Fiction is akin to Truth:Religion: if you have the former, you don't need the latter. And games are, well, games! - j q t -

If you allow the defintion of "games" to include speculative thinking and other conscious and unconscious reactions to real or perceived activities then the solutions space becomes bigger and more interesting than just narrowing the scope to the quantum scale.

Great presentation. Thank you for sharing it.

Oh, darn. I was hoping that Rizwan Virk was not going to go down the heavily worn path of pseudoscience. His idea(s) that it is the observer which is needed for reality to manifest is an attempt to fill a knowledge gap with a heap of fantastical speculation. I am not saying that he ought to stop speculating. I do hope that Rizwan can get back on the path of exploring what might be a testable hypothesis about a simulation hypothesis. I am in awe that great minds are getting trapped by what appears to be the descriptor "observer". Look, I do not know anything. But, I do know that making the claim that an observer is necessary moves us from the application of science and of acts which add to our body of knowledge to that of a sci-fi/fantasy steeped speculation. If anything, I do like Rizwan's passion for what he is speculating about. May Rizwan work together with those who are our pioneering minds and who are quantum physicists without being sideswiped by all of that unnecessary woo. The universe is exceptionally fascinating and breathtaking without there being any need to add fantastical speculations to our experience of awe and of wonder about the universe. I sound like a curmudgeon. Forgive me.

Even this simulation needs some curmudgeons. :) For those trying to make the logical connections of how AI and ML actually model and behave this was oddly insightful, but come from a more mystical worldview of GKChesteron so that added part is actually extremly helpful as we wouldn't see authors throughout history that dug into the re-recorded words of fairy stories and oddly walked into a similar understanding of the universe. It is by no means a scientific one, but I do think it is a readibly available one that any anywhere can test and find information. I'm rambling, but do appreciate your comment and insight.

It's interesting how you want to constrict the domain of exploration long before we have a notion of where or what our search might lead us. Remember not too long ago it was "fantastical" to even suggest the Earth was not the center of the universe. Before we can even get to the realm of testing hypotheses, Rizwan is asking can if we use play to narrow the scope from which we can pick what to test?

“All y’all Mario, it’s all a game.” -Kanye West

Only try to realize the truth...there is no spoon. Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

Thank you for doing so, just started it and excited to see where he goes with mysticism and science fiction because he is spot on.

8:25 - No. Bostrum's 2003 paper does NOT assert we may be npc's in a simulation. Readers should observe this rather easily, at https://www.simulation-argument.com/ How can you get something this simple and fundamental, that wrong? Using your terms, he posits primarily rpgs within a simulation. 10:20 - No. Bostrum doesn't "make the point" that civilization never gets to the point of creating world simulations, that is merely one of his three conditions at the head of his paper: "This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed."

If we're in a simulation, DMT is the cheat code to escape.

Drug users drown in the pool mystics swim in - Joseph Campbell

Yep and the jester thinks we’re hilarious for stressing out. He/they literally laugh at us like foolish teenagers angry at losing a silly game. ...I mean... from what I’m told.

That may be so. MDMA is the code to God.

Reality is stranger than fiction. :)

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Isn't the claim at 18:55 about how we've simulated all the neurons and connections in a rat's brain totally bogus? Maybe every TYPE of neuron and TYPE of connection? Or what is he referring to?

No Virk, he's Neo because its the word "one" rearranged

His book gives a very thorough overview of various versions on how we can be living in simulation. It is quite technical too. The book doesn't cover enough questions of our life's purpose and the role of god. I just finished Answers in Simulation kindle book that gives good spiritual guidance while living in simulation.

I can't wait to plug Google into my neocortex!

Very productive hard gamer re-enchanted "neo spinozist" contribution to the “simulation hypothesis” , also linking the hypothesis to the modern foundational physics of non-locality, many worlds and quantum consistent histories. Actually rather neutral on the question of the precedence of mind/consciousness over matter. The boundaries between “created worlds” and “naturally occurring worlds” are blurred and the polemics somehow closed, like the older “debate” between the ‘innate’ and the acquired has been. The distinction between NPCs and “players” can also be blurred: after all, an “advanced NPC" could be “uploaded” into the "superior" world of the players, through some robotic extension, a reverse of the "total recall" avatar process! All this was pre-sensed by older theologies, indian and also jew/ christian and probably others, with the question of the boundaries/ the distance between a god (which can be a corporation of higher level entities like a much older multiverse controlling civilisation churning out simulations ) and its creation: tsimtsum Vs a version of "deus sive natura" that does not throw god with the bath water (keeping players subsuming unsuspecting avatars!). Now the question is "where are the backdoors and the special passwords" ?

Spoon bending? Lol no

God. I was open minded. But this guy is filled with shit to the gills.

Ask those same people to move a grain of sand with their minds. Nothing you can touch or rub or transfer your body heat to, or lie to yourself about because you want your spouse to think “hmm, wow, maybe?”

Wait a fucking second. Prob waves can be collapsed with different results? ????

Why aren’t we all studying this?

Would like an unlimited health and money cheat...

He remimds me of a asian mark Ruffalo

My like is 2^8

Every now and then when I dream dream. Within that dream, something very vivid and similar to something that would happen in real life occurs. Eventually, while i'm awake and living my life at a random point in the future, that little 'moment' will occur in real life, although I won't see it coming. I can rule out deja vu because I'm a conscious that the moment happened to me in a dream, if only momentarily. Seeing as this has happened quite a few times, can anyone explain this? How is that not proof that there is some form of pre formed narrative to my life? Would be interested to hear peoples take on it.

I appreciate an open-minded engineer/scientist.

it could also be argued that when we sleep.... were actually in the real world..... some things feel so real when you wake up.... then they fade..... fade because were not linked to that thought anymore as were in a simulation when were awake

arguably one of the best sci fi movies ever made.... with arguably the most disappointing sequels. Also the dark glasses and s&m were pointless and stupid...... we want to hide from agents.... so lets look as ridiculous as possible

Once they realize that we've discovered the truth, they'll reboot! :)

sha shazan ali he does a bit. :)

Mark Cochran there is no spoon

Lillian Bee we could also be living in a giant toilet

Lillian Bee Gods role is obvious.... its used as a method of control.... it doesnt rely on proof nor disproof.... merely faith.... and fear

Jacob Ramsey and God is Dog backwards.... that must mean we were created by a doberman too

Shandana A. Durrani he doesnt look that old

thegrumpyhypnotist no, that would be gravity and force

@unrepeatable raddish you said "We always judge or learn by the perceptions we have..." Not exactly true. We also judge and learn by intuitions and other mental activities nothing to do with perceptions. In fact, most advancements we make in pure judgments are not based on perceptions.

Avocado Pirate you make a fantastic point. We always judge or learn by the perceptions we have.... its unavoidable.... I actually think things "exist" or dont, depending on the concept..... that are beyond how we think. Its one reason we cant actually fathom infinity.... it goes against what we are to think something has no end.... our thoughts simply have to have balance

@unrepeatable raddish I do enjoy the game of Chess and Cribbage, and often play both using computers. But I've never been the least bit interested in what seem to be pointless shooting games. If it's not tethered to reality, I lose any interest. But perhaps it's just my age, born in 1958. I did once install "Need for Speed" on my Original 2010 iPad, so cut me some slack! LOL

John Quill Taylor dreams could actually be reality.... the memory fades when were no longer linked to it

John Quill Taylor the benefits of video games are mind blowing..... you wouldnt believe the benefits they can bring...especially in medicine and psychology... . I did a paper on the subject in college. You actually couldnt be more wrong

the deeliciousplum you need some beer.... and to get laid

Avocado Pirate it was fantasical to think the earth was spherical....not you have attention seeking morons who just hate authority... claiming, quite ludicrously, that its flat

the deeliciousplum and when you write an essay long post... try not to copy your argumentative ideas from a jj abrams scifi show (fringe)

the what youre saying is..... imagination is merely based on everything illogical..... even though as humans, imagination is our greatest trait.. and youre saying, everything in fringe science is bullshit? Im sure, given youre so high and mighty, that your way of thinking.... is the right one (after all, youre telling us all how we should think) yea, youre pretty much the last person id ever invite to dinner

Infertile Myrtle yes but kanye west is a moron

....wait, so people really bent spoons with their minds?

Very nice! I think you guys might like a video I made, "heartbeats & blood flow". I got emergent behaviour from a simulation!

hmm....apparently there is no spoon anyway, so no, they didn't bend anything :) I thought this was a fantastic talk until that comment raised a red flag

My thoughts exactly. I even web searched to see if something new had occurred but it was all the same old "total hoax" debunked reports. He kinda had me wondering until he jumped the shark.

Australian Hip Hop Directory so then, if it has happened numerous time thought our lives and we can consciously remember and document it happening, than it’s either MASSIVLEY coincidental or our lives have a pre conceived narrative.

I'll go as far as assuming that everyone watching this talk has had that happened throughout their life

That was a great talk. Loved Riz. I've had a theory (unprovable) that we are actually living/existing in Parallel/Multiple Universes. These universes could be pre-existing OR could be a result of a decision we make at each life point. Riz suggests in his talk that this might happen as a copy paste function within the server. So each choice we make in life spins off a separate world that exists (potentially or materially) somewhere in the millions of universes, and we therefore exist as millions of personas, each living in their own little world, and blissfully unaware of our other copies. However dreams to me are the glitch in the system. That is where one of my personas makes contact with another version of me. Or I make contact with my secondary persona and his world. Thus we see all sorts of crazy things happening, events that don't make sense, friends gone crazy, relatives dead or dieing. So effectively we have had a peak into another simulation. However when we wake up we are unsure of what reality is...the dream, or the world we have woken upto. Interestingly Sufism or Islamic Mysticism makes a potent attempt to breach the distance between material and consciousness. I've never been part of it, but have read about it, and have some friends who are followers. The emphasis on consciousness and its reality is massive. Al-Ghazali the famous mystic writes about it, as do others. Iqbal the Indian poet, writes about Mysticism as the knowledge beyond science, in his famous 'Reconsstruction of Islamic Thought.' Obviously Riz shows in his talk above that science might also hold clues. Please tell Riz, he gave a fascinating talk. I'll try to get hold of his book.

@Kris Stefan Alternately it could be the complexity of the human brain and its ability to 'imagine' countless scenarios - as much as I'd like to believe that things like de ja vu have a 'higher meaning' I can't exclude the possibility that it is something similar to the gamblers logical fallacy that attributes superstitious beliefs whenever they win, but ignores all the events that happen when a loss occurs

@enorbet2 Thanks....I was being sarcastic :)

@Australian Hip Hop Directory actually there IS a spoon. Whether we, or anyone or anything perceives it as an energy field or a solid object just depends on "the equipment" of the perceiver/recorder... it's sensitivities, resolution, zoom levels, etc. Regardless of perceiver there is a collection of density that can be defined as having a border that allows identity as a coherent item. This is somewhat different from pure perspective "items" like constellations which only appear as a two dimensional pattern when viewed from a particular location in 3D space.

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you got cheats?

The matrix is already in the grid, we just need to learn to communicate with it. Rico

'Everything happens for a reason' takes on a whole new slant when considered within the framework of the simulation theory. Almost a leftover remnant of 'what to remember when the simulation kicks in'. 'DON'T PANIC'.

Does he honestly believe his entire life is a simulation as he's giving this talk? What a bunch of complete BS.

Many ponder on this possibility, (The Simulation Theory) but WHO really wants to see 'The Processing System of LIFE', all is being produced through ??? It is very, very easy to see 'The Construct' of 'The Processing System of LIFE' in your sight. This can be achieved through many different methods.

Wait... Isn't that Zabo, from The Guild? Has my reality been adjusted?

Ok, and what we should do? There is any Neo here who wants, as me, to escape the simulation, or to get the next level?

Holographic Universe John, Thanks for sharing this very interesting information with me. It certainly makes sense to me. The Anthropic principle alone should be enough for skeptical scientists to understand that the laws of physics and mathematics are the laws of God's own Mind. Kevin Williams James Gates, Ph.D., a theoretical physicist at the Univ. of Maryland said: “If the simulation hypothesis is valid, then we open the door to eternal life and resurrection and things that formally have been discussed in the realm of religion. Our Creator created linear space-time which is essentially controlled electrical energy in the form of light that has existed eternally. Checkout on YouTube: A fractal universe. Time and space must exist before matter can be created, and only an animate entity can conceive of space-time; this prerequisite must be a stabilized and uniform condition before matter can form, thus, monotheism is a Truth. A stable space-time and the Universal Laws of Physics did not happen by chance. On Jan. 17, 2000 at 2 pm, while crossing a river bridge in Burswood (Australia) on my bicycle, I observed a velvet-textured beige pearl covering the sun. Within the entity, there were containers in the shape of elongated, seven-pointed Koch snowflake fractal crystals immersed in a white misty light traveling in a ten o'clock direction. I later deduced that the light flashes on the inner space of the crystals were of a binary language conversion pertaining to the senses of all mortals, that is, a holographic universe. Nicola Tesla believed that crystals were living entities ....writing: “In a crystal, we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being.” If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration" -Nikola Tesla. Scientists decided that to prove that reality was not, in fact, simply an illusion, they had to discover the “point particle”, and this would be accomplished with innovations like the Large Hadron Collider. By discovering the "Point Particle" scientist were able to prove that reality was, in fact, an illusion. Through the data, they received from The Hadron Collider (LHC) which was built to smash particles together then monitor the outcome. By doing this, scientists were able to make some incredible discoveries. According to research conducted through the particle accelerator, they could see that the physical world is not as physical as we think it to be. Reality is, in fact, an illusion. We are only surrounded by energy. Natalie Porter 16 April 2018 In Life, Metaphysics "The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence." ~Nikola Tesla ------------------------------------------------- What Heaven looks like, which I witnessed in the sky above the banks of the Swan River, Perth, at dawn on 31 July 1998. In the garden, flowers and grass were clearly visible, they pulsed in the surrounding low light, infused by an inner light. Their colours were magnificent but totally new to me with a spectrum much broader than that on Earth.

"The first practical AI was claude shannon".. exactly - he was a npc himself.

When u know the earth is flat and the Mandela effect is a real phenomenon - the simulation we live in becomes obvious.

Think about it. Voodoo and spells and magical stuff could be jus cheat codes

I like his energy :) Very interesting :)

I'd really like to know how the first version of the matrix looked like (which was neglected by the human beings)!!!

there is a vishnu living in the blockchain

No, we don't live in a simulation. Look at how often computer software breaks/glitches/crashes/does random shit. When does the universe we live it do that? It doesn't. Buildings always render, we never lose gravity and start floating, nothing ever crashes or so on. The whole simulation argument is so ridiculous you may as well state that homeopathy works.

29:10 If there is Pixelated Time, would it mean that, if time travel is possible, then it's through the "different timelines hypothesis"? Or maybe we would need to reverse entropy

Could it be that google's purpose may be to create a new simulation to capture us all in as we begin to wake up from this one?

Thanks for sharing, the mad kotuhal article is amazing!