Are we living in a computer simulation created by more advanced beings, as the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom argues? Is what we consider reality to be just an illusion created by our consciousness? These are questions that many experts are trying to answer, especially since our very existence is at stake.
In this regard, Robert Lanza, an expert in stem cells and regenerative medicine, published an article in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroarticle Physics last May that deserves analysis. Before we get to the heart of the matter, it should be noted that it was written in collaboration with the theorists of quantum gravity and quantum cosmology Dmitriy Podolskiy and Andrei O. Barvinsky.
“When we live in a simulation, the cosmos we are observing is only a tiny part of the totality of physical existence … If the world we are seeing is somehow ‘real’, it is not at the basic level the reality.” , wrote Bostrom in his book “Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? “Notes the builtin site.
A reality created by our brain?
Specifically, the trio claims that awareness is the driving force behind the existence of the universe. He therefore thinks that reality flows from our own mind. According to the authors, the physical world we live in is not something that is separate from us. Instead, it would be created by our minds when we observe it. As one of the emblematic figures of the biocentrism theory, Lanza considers, according to Big Think, that “space and time are a by-product of the ‘vortex of information’ in our head that is woven into a coherent experience by our minds”.
With regard to quantum mechanics, the team suggests that observers – that is, ourselves – influence the structure of our reality. This influence would exist on the smallest to the largest spatiotemporal scale. The researchers not only provide such a statement, they explain how the concept works. According to Lanza, in order for the system to work, there must be a network of observers that is inherent in the structure of reality. This network would be based on a quantum gravity universe as well as on a globally accepted cognitive model.
“The observer is the main cause, the life force, which breaks down not only the present but also the cascade of spatiotemporal events that we call the past. Stephen Hawking was right when he said, “The past, like the future, is indefinite and only exists as a spectrum of possibilities,” he explained.
On the reconciliation of quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity?
Regarding the simulation hypothesis, Lanza believes that biology plays a big role. Certainly an algorithm could possibly be an observer, but the researcher believes that in order to determine the arrow of time, one needs a living being who is conscious and is also endowed with the ability to memorize.
The simulation theory speaks of it again. Photo credit: Shutterstock / ESB Professional
Furthermore, the authors claim that their work resolves “the insane incompatibility between quantum mechanics and general relativity” – God’s equation – that even Albert Einstein could not solve. Scientists are aware that their work is based on pure speculation. However, they plan to test their concepts soon on the powerful experimental computer infrastructures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.