Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Computer Universe

A couple years ago I posted a Thank You to Rich Terrell, a NASA scientist who espoused the view that the universe is really a virtual environment. I was happy that someone with some scientific credentials actually came to the same conclusions I did, using the same bits of evidence.

Thank You Rich Terrell

His two most compelling points are the existence of quantums (limits on how small things, energy and time can be) and the fact that humans aren't that far from being able to create a virutal universe. If we can do it, how hard can it be? Here's a bit of a post of mine on a different forum that adds another element.

"He makes a fairly compelling case for the universe being a computer like environment (although he loses me when he gets into the "our future selves" bit) I have a third bit of evidence. Empty space.

The notion of empty space has always baffled me. Space is measured in length, width, depth. But if there's nothing there, what are you measuring? Why would it take any time for a photon to travel from point A to point B if there is nothing between point A and point B? What would it be travelling through. It's like a balloon filled with nothing. It makes no sense. Yet, there it is.

However, in a virtual environment, you don't need to record the space. Space can be empty. Just as with a compressed audio file, you don't have to record the silence, just the dimensions of it. With the old vinyl format, you had to physically represent the silence.

This is the only way I can make sense of empty space. Either there is something there that we cannot detect for whatever reason, and it's not empty, or it is empty, which means it's virtual. It's just an instruction, telling particles or data how long to wait before appearing in the next pixel."