We are born, grow and die.
During this cycle, hardly any person’s life becomes a copy of another. Each life, with its beginning, development, and conclusion, is a great story on its own.
We direct world history with our joys, sorrows and ambitions. With every new page that opens, humanity goes one step further in time despite everything.
For now(!) we have no way back, we know.
Let’s leave aside all the destructions in history and social events that we often ignore.
Today, we take a closer look at the “simulation hypothesis” that human consciousness has begun to seriously question in the 21st century.
5th century BC… Someone on earth is laying the groundwork for today’s doubts:
They need to think in order to find answers to questions about it. The philosopher Parmenides, who lived in Ancient Greece about 2500 years ago, was just one of thousands of people trying to find answers to the crazy questions in his mind.
When a thought arose in his mind that would sow the first seed of our question today, his first job was to explain it with nature:
“Our existence has nothing to do with our breathing or our physical taking up space. You’re pretty much out there as there are people on earth who think about you.”
Maybe thousands of people had the same thought in different time periods. Maybe he still has it… However, Parmenides also objected to other thinkers living at the same time as him. It was the first time that someone was raising strange things by reasoning, without observation or experimentation.
Most people today call someone who thinks like Parmenides “crazy”. He knows one of those lunatics very well, and we argue almost every day: Elon Musk.
Before we talk about his explanations, we have something to say about the simulation hypothesis.
The age of reasoners has begun… If we think, we exist!
René Descartes, with the philosophical legacy he left from the 1500s to today, brought up the same question many times. When
said “I think, therefore I am”, he brought a new perspective to the simulation question with its legacy from 2000 years ago.
Then, thinkers such as Kant, Russell and Jean Baudrillard expressed their own explanations. The real turning point occurred in the early 2000s.
Scientific reality and reasoning came together, “science fiction” emerged…
Today If you are reading this article and looking for an answer to the question of whether we are living in a simulation, remember this name: Nick Bostrom.
Bostrom came up with a concept called “transhumanism”:
We can use technology and science to increase human’s physical and cognitive abilities, and to eradicate aging and disease.
This idea has taken simulation inquiries in the scientific world to a serious point. In the same period, we watched countless movies based on this subject, such as The Matrix. Now, scientific data has turned into a work of art by combining with what we have in mind and simplified.
Bastrom’s statement, in an article he published in 2003, set the 2,500-year-old grove on fire:
“…I believe that some alternative claims about the world are true. there is enough interesting data to make us believe it.”
The alternative claim meant the simulation hypothesis, obviously we already had enough evidence to believe this hypothesis
A frightening thought emerged… Do we all live in advanced software?
Simulation, literally the environments where reality is imitated exactly
According to Bostrom, a technologically advanced “superhuman” civilization will have enormous computing power
In such a case, the stage for the future of humanity The following 3 possibilities need to be considered:
If possibility 1 is true, human civilization will be completely destroyed anyway. If option 2 is true, superhuman civilizations won’t bother with simulating their ancestors’ lives, our history.
If option 3 is true, we, everyone you know, are living in a simulation. If we are not living in a simulation and humanity continues to exist, superhuman civilization may produce a simulation.
Last year, artificial intelligence software emerged for the first time that passed Google’s Turing test and convinced that it was a “human”. A human was tricked by a software .
Today’s artificial intelligences do not have their own cognitive abilities. As a matter of fact, we have already started to produce software that can learn by itself, apart from our intervention.
According to scientists, the next stage will be the reasoning ability of artificial intelligence.
Such a 4th possibility will perhaps lead to the emergence of a superhuman civilization. Perhaps it will be easier for us to learn once we have discovered the way to transfer our consciousness to a purely artificial medium.
What was once fiction is now science. What about the future?
Perhaps one day, people whose consciousness has been transferred to the digital environment will be able to learn just like a machine, and they will not forget what they have learned. Perhaps the mentioned superhuman civilization will consist of a blend of human consciousness with artificial intelligence.
Maybe this has all happened before, and we’re just the thoughts of software outside of reality as we know it.
Skepticism and curiosity will not cease no matter what; we will spend more time going beyond our ordinary lives, investigating the origin of our existence, respecting beliefs and living in peace.
Let’s end with a quote from a thinker whose name the whole world embraces today:
“Knowledge is a sea without borders. Anyone who asks for knowledge is a diver who dives into the sea.”
– Mevlana (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273)
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Source: Wikipedia, Oxford – The Philosophical Quarterly, Issue 53, April 2003, Nick Bostrom