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The universe as virtual reality.

(Insert Keanu Reeves’ “Whoa” here.)
BoingBoing just posted a link to a fascinating paper on the theory that our universe is a giant VR system:

Our universe as virtual reality

…If the universe were a virtual reality, its creation at the big bang would no longer be paradoxical, as every virtual system must be booted up. It is suggested that whether the world is an objective reality or a virtual reality is a matter for science to resolve. Modern information science can suggest how core physical properties like space, time, light, matter and movement could derive from information processing….

The linked PDF has some mind-blowing (and easy to read) info and cosmological theory regarding equating the max data transfer speed in our universe, lightspeed, with max computational processing and similar issues of physics in our time-space with analogs in artificial data processing.

But then, there’s some “reality” checks, so to speak, from some commentors like:

Lord Occam walks in the room “Enough!” snip! “There ya go, kids. You’re objectively real as far as you’ll ever know. Now get back to work on something important.”