By Eric Wichman
This is the basis for the universe in which my novel (game story) takes place. The title of my story is GENERATIONS: Legend Of The Tome, you can check out the website here: GenerationsUniverse.com
The Premise: A universal simulation hypothesis as the foundation of my novel’s universe. The physics, chemistry, biology, the everything of everything. This is the basis for an hypothesis of an infinite universe of infinite universes, simulations of universes inside universes inside universes. Simulations inside simulations ad infinitum.
i.e. The Simulacrum Infinitum
On this foundation I build the universe.
TIMELINE: Billions of years. Relatively speaking. The Cosmic Evolution and the Cyclic Nature of Nature
My Quantum Life Hypothesis (see/read my Quantum Life Hypothesis) combined with the hypothesis of a universal Simulacrum, and our species (human beings) ability to detect, sense the simulation, how Deja Vu is simply a sensation we feel when a variable is changed within our Simulacrum.
Given our current knowledge of the universe, physics, chemistry, evolution, biology, technology, and energy, my curiosity and deeply incessant need to know the secrets of the universe, I wonder how the universe formed, how life came to be, how we fit into its structure, how life evolves throughout the universe, and if it’s all cyclical.
I imagine a universe that is simultaneously “real” (relative to our senses and perspective) while also being a simulation. A universe where evolution is merely a simulated construct of advancement of procedurally generated physical realm within a simulated universe. Everything, from our perspective is “real” relative to us and our senses, with no way of distinguishing our reality from the simulated universe or universes.
But due to the tendency of all lifeforms to be imperfect, there are errors in the code. The programming of the universe has flaws. Like everything. Imperfections corrupt the system, not to the point of breaking it entirely, but enough to create bugs in the code. Little flaws that may be observable, even if only for a moment. “Glitches in the Matrix” of the Simulacrum.
If the universe is physical, if it’s “real”, then why are there imperfections? Would not a real universe be perfect? Wouldn’t we be unable to find flaws in it? But we do find flaws. A lot of them. These flaws could be indicative of the true nature of nature, suggesting it could very well be a simulation programmed by flawed entities.
Math itself is flawed.
It’s true. Math is fundamentally flawed. “Not everything that is true can be proven.” (see Mark Rober’s explanation video “Math Has A Fatal Flaw”)
Conversely, not everything that is proven theoretically is true, forever. Until it is. Or isn’t.
We’re always discovering mistakes, flaws in our understanding, reevaluating our hypotheses, our theories, and evolving our knowledge with further experimentation, observation and calculations. But flaws in our understanding aren’t the same as flaws in math. Math is supposed to be absolute. However…
Math is merely a way for our minds to calculate and measure what we observe. Record variables, keep track of them, predict outcomes, and develop falsifiable absolute proofs which are correct, or at least seemingly correct at the time.
If math is flawed, and if there are an infinite number of numbers, then logically there is physically and consciously no way of calculating the impossibility of infinity itself, or the universe if it’s infinite.
The word “Simulacrum” fits the universe as we know it.
A flawed copy within a copy, inside a copy, ad infinitum. infinite simulacrums, each inside another, all of them copies, ever expanding outward beyond the edge of nothing.
A Turing Complete continuum of spacetime.
What is outside the giant onion-esque, infinitely large, infinitely expanding, simulacrum infinitum?
Unfortunately we can’t know, or likely will never know for certain. More of the same, likely.
We’re Inside an infinite transparent universe with no visible planes, borders or edges. An infinite continuum of spacetime. An infinite number of copies all simultaneously being born, existing, expanding outward, and collapsing cyclically.
Pulsating transparent, invisible orbs within orbs. The innermost universe collapses into itself under the immense pressures of gravity generated by all mass and matter and energy until each universe collapses in a Big Crunch.
Then a new Big Bang. Instantly a new universe is born. One overlapping the other. Infinite ripples of spacetime on a cosmic pond.
New universes, instantaneously born one inside another, expanding outward at the speed of light, continuously generating in a giant feedback loop of simultaneous collapse and expansion.
Spacetime bubbles inside spacetime bubbles.
Cyclical, rhythmically pulsating, alive.
Each relative to the other, separate from and interacting upon each other. Infinite dimensions, parallel dimensions, universes, simulations. Like a particle is a wave and a wave a particle, simultaneously. Like a particle being in two places at once. Like Schrodinger’ Cats, both alive and dead at the same time. Paradoxes innumerable. A counterintuitive landscape of existential crises and nihilistic philosophical conundrums.
We cannot know which universe we are in, other than ours is expanding. Moreover, we likely cannot prove the unprovable. We cannot know the unknowable. Until we know it.
Only then is the unknowable knowable, until a glitch or our programming makes it unknown again.
For if and when we know, one of two things may happen. Either those who wrote the simulation code modify the program (deja vu), or we die. Instead of dying (which would be a waste of a perfectly good AI), perhaps our program, our AI, ceases to exist within the simulacrum.
This of course doesn’t make much sense, why delete part of the program when you can simply rewind that portion of the timeline of the program. Delete the memory of that momentary discovery. Not completely mind you. Only relative to the one who discovers, going back only so far as to change a simple variable, to flip the binary 0 or 1 logic gate to nullify the choice it (you or I or another) made for the discovery thereby essentially erasing the knowledge of the discovery.
Because our neural network is governed by the same laws of physics that govern the entirety of the universe we are in, the residual electromagnetic impulses in our neocortex (our memory) of the previous timeline slowly fades, giving us the sensation of deja vu as we relive the moment which we just experienced.
It’s as if we know that we’ve experienced this circumstance before, but something is different this time. The familiarity fades in mere seconds, sometimes minutes, and is gone. This feeling is simply us experiencing a rewrite.
A simple automated change in the code.
This would not have to be done by a physical being or even an intelligent entity within our universe. It could simply be written into the universe’s algorithm itself, more likely even, within our own AI code. The code which makes us us.
It’s possible we’re programmed to reprogram ourselves in the event we discover we’re in a simulation. That would make logical sense, and be very efficient code. Self-governing. Autonomous self correction.
If we’re in a simulation then it doesn’t matter what we do, right? No. Incorrect assumption. Fallacy of logic.
Everything is cause and effect. Newton was right. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, there are consequences. Both physically and metaphysically, ethically and morally. Some people call it Karma. But it’s simply memory. People, entities, remember things. The residual effects of actions continue to ripple and reverberate throughout our world, directly and indirectly affecting the world around us.
From our perspective the universe is as real as it gets. We are real, from our own perspective. To us we are as real as we need to be. The universe is as real as the universe needs to be.
All five of our senses are easily programmable by an ancient superintelligent AI billions of years old.
Our 5 senses tell us an object is hard or soft, cold or hot, black or white, red or blue, up or down, whether something smells pleasant or disgusting, whether sound is loud or quiet, it’s all relative to our own perspective.
This would also explain the hypothesis that all humans may not perceive colors in the same way; one individual may see blue as green, relative to another individual. How do we know? We can’t know. Not everything that is true is capable of being proven.
Or perhaps we can prove it, but haven’t yet discovered the method or advanced technology enough.
I think this phenomenon is perhaps true with all our senses; though there’s no need for red to be green or blue to be green. There’s probably some kind of ubiquitous uniformity programmed into our code, though we may not understand it well.
It makes more logical sense if red is red, green is green etc. It makes more sense for our senses to sense stink as stink, cold as cold and hot as hot. Anything else would make no sense to our senses.
It would also probably be very inefficient code and require more resources and energy than necessary to run the simulation that way.
All of this speculation about our senses is irrelevant however, because the fact remains, we sense the universe, we are aware of the universe, we can observe and measure the universe, therefore it is real. It must be. Relative to us of course.
Just as we are self aware and as such perceive ourselves as “real”. So too is the universe “real” relative to our perception and awareness of it.
The Duality of the Simulacrum
It is simultaneously both real and a simulation. As real from our perspective as it needs to be.
Organic life is merely the first stage in “The Game of Life”.
Conway was right. In a sense. Relative to our senses, Conway’s “Game of Life” is a cellular automation simulation. Though digital, not physical. But I ask you…what is physical if we are AI within a universal simulation? Is not matter energy and vice versa?
We (humans) are Turing complete.
We are a simulation inside a simulation experiencing itself.
Think of the Mandelbrot Set and the illusory genius of infinitely intricate patterns of data branching out, expanding infinitely into the void of nothing, yet it’s both small and large simultaneously. It’s hard to tell from your perspective whether you’re inside or outside of it, whether you’re zooming in or it’s zooming out, or vice versa.
This is how the Simulacrum works.
An infinitely expanding (or contracting) set of universal simulations, one inside the other, continuously expanding, over and over and over again. Simultaneously there are an infinite number of universes collapsing in singularities.
Time is irrelevant because the universe, our universe, is expanding in all directions at once. A spherical universe, with us at the center. Not a flat universe, which makes no logical sense.
Space is irrelevant. Only relative to us, or any other individual and our location in 3D space within our universe.
But, what about other life forms? Their universe must be our universe, yes? Perhaps, most likely. That would make the most logical sense.
However, relative to their perspective, they would be at the center of their universe regardless of their location in the universe. They could travel to any given point in 3D space within their own universe, and would still be, in a sense, at the center of the procedurally generated universe IF universes are infinitely large and expanding infinitely.
Wherever they moved in 3D space, they would be at the “center of the universe” relative to them. This is an overly simplistic view of what actually happens, but it (the universe) must also be procedural generated in this way to reduce flaws and manage resources efficiently.
Procedural generation is necessary to reduce the consumption of resources, reduce the amount of memory, space, time and energy a system uses.
Procedural generation works to display only what needs to be displayed at the moment it needs to be displayed relative to the viewer’s perspective and position in 3D space.
Think of 3D video games. They generate terrain maps procedurally, instantly, as you turn your head and move about within the simulated reality game world. What’s behind you is still behind you because it’s not only programmed into the code, it’s loaded into memory after you view it. So it’s discoverable and observable.
It’s simple enough to understand that what you see while looking in one direction is generated as you view it and shift your gaze. That which you are not viewing does not need to be generated; yet it still exists, at least in system memory, cached for immediate generation should you turn your head to view what’s behind you. Simple.
There’s no need for the system to generate parts of the universe that are not being viewed; at least relative to an individual viewer’s perspective anyway.
This relates to the fixed location of any object within the simulation.
For example, galaxies, stars, planets, animals, buildings, trees, etc. We know if we look in a certain direction we can see a certain galaxy or star or planet.
We can focus on and see these objects, moreover, we know that if for a moment we turn our gaze away or close our eyes, those objects are going to be there again when we look back or open our eyes. The moment we look away, the objects simply disappear relative only to our perspective and visual perception of them. They still exist in the code, but no longer need to be generated visually at that moment, thereby reducing the system’s energy and resource usage making the simulation more efficient.
The universe is real. But only as real as it needs to be.
Relative to our perspective and perception of what we observe. Governed by the simulation’s code and input through our 5 senses and computed by our brains, which is an organic neural network, operated by an algorithm which displays the universe before us.
The adjustment of a variable, a change in the system, your AI timeline, becomes a “glitch in the Matrix”, and is detected by our 6th sense and is perceived by us as deja vu.
Our neocortex. A subconscious perception mechanism which detects the residual energy dissipation effects of changes as they happen.
It’s hard to wrap your mind around the concept that we are both real and a simulation. That something can be both real and unreal simultaneously. It seems counter intuitive, illogical, and impossible. But it’s not just possible, it’s likely.
Are you real? Is anyone real? What does real even mean? These are questions that are answerable and unanswerable, provable and unprovable at the same time. It seems obvious and absolute, but it’s relative.
It’s all relative.
The universe from the perspective of any living creature anywhere in the universe is just as real to them as our universe is to us.
We are real to them if they see us, just as they would be real to us if we see them.
None of this is absolutely provable or disprovable. And since it’s neither, it has to be both.
We must conclude it’s real and a simulation.