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The Simulation Hypothesis: Evidence From Astronomy - by John Prytz

If you agree that evidence is something that you canindependently verify for yourself, then the following is evidence, albeitsuggestive evidence, in favor of the Simulation Hypothesis. Be prepared torethink everything you think you know.


The Simulation Hypothesis and Long Delayed Echoes


Long Delayed Echoes: Yetanother software / computer-generated special effects related phenomenon couldbe the mystery of the LDE’s – Long Delayed Echoes. If you send off a radarpulse to the Moon say, you’d expect a return within a few seconds, not say aminute or an hour or a day later. If you did, an addition to the expectedprincipal’s echo’s time interval, it would be a scientific anomaly of thehighest order with the delayed echo having a decidedly unknown or uncertainorigin. Well, such sporadic LDE’s have in fact happened starting in 1927(through to the present) with no apparent consistency. It’s like sending aradar signal to the Moon at noon getting the expected few second echo and thenanother secondary echo one minute later; repeating the exercise at one pm withthe principal few second delay echo received, but another unexpected delayedecho coming now five minutes later. In short, the phenomena is fleeting andnon-repeatable and non-verifiable. Though various hypotheses have beensuggested, none can adequately explain the sum total of LDE’s. An alien spaceprobe (often termed a Bracewell probe) within our solar system is one of thosehypotheses whereby the probe sends back a terrestrial radar/radio signal inorder to attract attention to itself and therefore the existence ofExtraTerrestrial Intelligence. Or again, perhaps it's all in the software. NowI’m not making this LDE - sometimes termed Long-Delayed radar or radio Echo -phenomena up. It’s well documented in the scientific literature.


The Simulation Hypothesis and Transient Lunar Phenomena


Transient Lunar Phenomena: Transient LunarPhenomena (TLP) are absurd (but verified). The Moon is geologically dead and ithas no atmosphere, so there just shouldn't be sightings of mysterious lightsand glows witnessed on the lunar surface. Sorry to say, TLP has been observedby both professional and amateur astronomers for yonks and while there aretheories, the explanation(s) haven't been pinned down. Perhaps another theorycould reside in there being a simulated lunar landscape complete withintermittent lights and glows.


The Simulation Hypothesis and the Copernican Principle


The Copernican Principle basically states that PlanetEarth and inhabitants therein are nothing special. There's no reason to suggestthat our Sun, solar system, home planet and all life forms therein are specialin any shape manner or form. If you take all stars, all solar systems, allplanets and all life forms in the Universe, we'd be pretty average. Now whenput in the context of the Simulation Hypothesis, taking our terrestrial worldas representing really real reality, we note that virtual realities, computergenerated simulations, video / computer games, vastly outnumber the one andonly really real reality. That discrepancy is increasing by leaps-and-boundsevery day. So, our terrestrial world, that world that you believe is reallyreal reality, violates the Copernican Principle because it's not average.Dungeons-and-Dragons might be closer to the average landscape. Now go up onelevel and again there's nothing special about Planet Earth as a simulated worldsince simulated worlds vastly outnumber the really real reality worlds.


The Simulation Hypothesis and Intelligent Design /Fine-Tuning


Theapparent design behind and the resulting fine-tuning of the laws, principlesand relationships of physics that translates into a bio-friendly cosmos isindeed compelling evidence that there is an intelligence behind it all, even ifmost of the cosmos is bio-unfriendly. However, rather than postulate asupernatural intelligence, I suggest the odds favor a flesh-and-bloodintelligence, in fact a computer programmer that has designed a Simulated(Virtual Reality) Universe, and we are part and parcel of that simulatedlandscape. That simulation would of course have to be fine-tuned to allow for ahabitable albeit virtual landscape, in the exact same way as our video gamesare fine-tuned in order to make the game-playing logical in its depiction of'reality'. Design and fine-tuning might be an argument for intelligence, butit's not of necessity an argument for God.


God is not the cause of our fine-tuned Universe because IMHO God or anyother supernatural deity does not exist, but I do have a variation on the themewhich would explain the fine-tuning. That variation is to replace an immortaland infallible supernatural deity with a fallible flesh-and-blood mortalsoftware and computer programmer. Translated, we are virtual beings in aSimulated (Virtual Reality) Universe. Now, if you are going to design asoftware program(s), that programming will have to be fine-tuned in order toachieve your objective. If you design a medical simulation for medical studentsto practice their skills on, you had better the bits and pieces right such thatthe medical students see the simulation as being fine-tuned to perfectlyreflect medical reality and thus enable them to practice their skills withconfidence. You don't design the medical simulation and place the heart insidethe head and have dingo kidneys programmed instead of human ones, etc. Peoplewho design our video games fine-tune the software or the program so that theentire gaming scenario is self-consistent not only for the player but also forthe virtual characters. So, if some computer nerd designed our Simulated(Virtual Reality) Universe, he'd be daft not to have fine-tuned it to create aconsistent self-contained Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe. But, beingfallible, he made a few oops, and those oops translate into many of theanomalies, perhaps also 'miracles' we observe in our virtual reality. Whatanomalies? Well they are too numerous to mention in there here-and-now but theytend to fall into the "It can't be therefore it isn't" versus the"I know what I saw" camp.


The Simulation Hypothesis and the Titius-Bode Law ofPlanetary Distances


Many of us are familiar with the ordering of the planetsfrom nearest to farthest - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Then there is also the asteroid belt between Marsand Jupiter. Now there exists a mathematical relationship that apparently hasno actual foundation in the realities of physical laws that to an amazingdegree, tells you the average distances of those planets (and asteroid belt), Thatrelationship is called the Titius-Bode Law of Planetary Distances. Here's howit works. Take the sequence 0, 3, 6, 12, 24, 48, 96, 192, 384, and 768. You'llnote the constant doubling. Now add 4 to each number: 4, 7, 10, 16, 28, 52,100, 196, 388, and 772. Now divide each number by 10: 0.4, 0.7, 1.0, 1.6, 2.8,5.2, 10, 19.6, 38.8 and 77.2. Now one astronomical unit (AU) is the distance ofthe Earth from the Sun, and in astronomical units the other planets and theasteroids follow suit to a close approximation. So Mercury is 0.4 AU away fromthe Sun, Venus is 0.7 AU, Mars 1.6 AU, the asteroids roughly 2.8 AU, Jupiter5.2 AU distant and so on and so on. Pluto is however slightly the odd one outhere in that it has an extremely elliptical orbit that can be (and has) crossedthe orbit of Neptune. But then again, Pluto isn't really anymore considered tobe a legitimate planet. Still, why is this Titius-Bode Law of PlanetaryDistances so? Who knows. It just works, that's all. Maybe one could put it downto that's what the software code programmed.


The Simulation Hypothesis and Solar Eclipses


If you take the entirety of all of the planetary abodesin our solar system, and all of the moons that orbit all of the planetaryabodes in our solar system, when viewed from the parent body, no moon is justthe right size and just the right distance as to produce a solar eclipse.Sorry, there's one exception. Planet Earth and our Moon is that exception. Nowwhat's way more amazing is that Planet Earth is the only planet that'sinhabited by beings that can appreciate this spectacle. And we happen to bearound at just the exactly perfect era when that Moon - Sun just-so matchexists. That just-so match hasn't always existed and it won't always existsince the Moon is slowly receding from our home planet. So, do we have here atotally amazing coincidence or has someone / something simulated all of this?


The Simulation Hypothesis and Dark Matter / Dark Energy


There are other anomalies that physical sciences arehaving a hard time coming to terms with – that is, explaining them. Forexample, the concept of ‘dark matter’ must exist in order to explain therotation and structure of galaxies. However, no one can see this ‘dark matter’.‘Dark matter’ doesn’t interact with any part of the electromagnetic (EM)spectrum, yet it has gravity. There’s also about five times more ‘dark matter’in the Universe than there is ordinary matter – ordinary matter is the kind ofmatter that has gravity and does interact with the EM spectrum, things like youand I and Planet Earth. “Dark matter’ has been in vogue for decades now, yet noone has a real clue what it is – if it is. Maybe it’s simulated.


Then there’s ‘dark energy’. If ordinary matter and‘dark matter’ make up about a quarter of the mass/energy content of theUniverse, ‘dark energy’ makes up the other 75%. And we haven’t the foggiestidea what ‘dark energy’ is. The apparent detection of ‘dark energy’ is over adecade old now. This concept has been introduced to explain why the expansionrate of our Universe is accelerating, contrary to all expectations (theexpansion rate should be decelerating because of the Universe’s gravity). So‘dark energy’ is apparently a kind of antigravity that’s stronger than ordinarygravity that nobody understands, not the least of which is that the expansionof space itself produces ever more ‘dark energy’, ‘dark energy’ being aproperty of space itself. More space means more ‘dark energy’. That’s like theconcept of the ‘free lunch’ and since when can energy be created out ofnothing? That’s a violation of the basic physics principle of the conservationof matter and energy. So, how weird is the concept of antigravity created outof nothing – just expanding space? Maybe 'dark energy' too is simulated.


Basically some 96% of the entire Universe consists of‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ and nobody has any idea what they are. They areat the present, just labels. The idea that this is all simulated makes about asmuch sense as anything any physicist has dreamed up to account of 96% of thecosmos. And of course if 96% is simulated, then no doubt 100% is – includingyou and I and Planet Earth.


The Simulation Hypothesis and SETI


SETI is the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence andthere have been SETI searches that go back to the early 1960's. SETI scans theheavens by searching for radio waves and/or optical signals that have anartificial nature about them. Some SETI searches are of an all-sky nature andsome specifically target likely celestial sites, stars, even whole galaxies.The rationale behind SETI is that the Universe should contain a quitereasonable number of technologically advanced extraterrestrial civilizationsthat through accident or design send out into the Universe electromagneticsignals that give away their presence. SETI scientists are an optimistic bunch,always forecasting success within the next couple of years as more telescopescome on line and the sensitivity of the searches improves. Alas, to datenothing and SETI scientists aren't shy about coming up with reasons! But, IMHO,if technologically advanced ET civilizations are out there something shouldhave happened by now. Maybe technological ET civilizations are rare as hen'steeth or maybe humans are the proverbial it. Or maybe, just maybe, our computer/ software programmer(s) just totally forgot to include celestialextraterrestrials in the simulation. 

Science librarian; retired.

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