If you ever dealt with creationists sooner or later one will cough up Last Wednesdayism to explain the “apparent” age of the universe. Pushed to an extreme there’s no reason why the entire universe couldn’t have been created by divine magic last Wednesday, right down to your loose filling and the half eaten gallon of ice cream in the fridge. The problem is a perfect simulation isn’t testable — by definition it perfectly resembles a real universe — but an imperfect one might be.
Techhive — How do you determine that you’re inside a computer simulation? By making another computer simulation, of course. By creating another simulation that replicates the universe, physicists can look for patterns within the simulation itself that may correlate to how the computer manages to create the universe though artificial means and limited resources. Though such a simulated universe would not be nearly as complex as the “real” one, scientists hope to find similar signature of how they both work in order to prove the simulation theory.
What should we do if we find evidence we’re living in a matrix? For starters I’d like to have a word with the developers. There are serious glitches in this place, very sloppy work. Maybe we’re at the mercy of beings that have more in common with Aunt Clara from Bewitched, but if they’re halfway competent there could still be hope.
We can begin with major issues like the relatively slow speed of light and work our way down to more important matters, like the sports car I don’t have and the virtual balance showing in my checking account. I mean hey, if it’s just electrons in a wafer why not help a brother out?
Work Out girl adds she would like to have stern chat about the subroutines controlling default eye color and height. I’m hoping she was thinking of herself on both of those …