In the final scene of the movie Men in Black, it’s suggested that our world is nothing more than a marble in the collection of some extraterrestrial kid. Or in the sequel, just one more locker in an intergalactic bus station.
That added a little laugh to close out a great film (well, the first one anyway).
However, according to a philosopher at Oxford, we really could be “living” in The Matrix.
Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else’s hobby. I hadn’t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims.
But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.
And then what happens if we “simulated inhabitants” start creating our own simulated worlds – say like Second Life?
Adds a whole new definition to the concept of “intelligent design”, doesn’t it?
Reading this is a great way to make your head hurt over breakfast. :-)