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UW physicists propose way to test if universe is a computer simulation Options
RogerV
Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 1:20:58 AM
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Living in a simulated world: UW scientists explore the theory
University of Washington physicists have come up with one way to test whether our universe is a giant computer simulation being run by our descendants.

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"There are signatures of resource constraints in present-day simulations that are likely to exist as well in simulations in the distant future, including the imprint of an underlying lattice if one is used to model the space-time continuum," Stricherz wrote.

If our world is a computer simulation, "the highest-energy cosmic rays would not travel along the edges of the lattice in the model but would travel diagonally, and they would not interact equally in all directions as they otherwise would be expected to do."

Got that?

In other words, even supercomputers capable of creating a simulation of the universe would be hobbled by finite resources, and one way we might be able to detect those limits is to look for cosmic rays that don't travel the way they would be expected to travel.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:57:06 PM
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At least 1 of the comments in the article just shows how dim-witted some people can be. He doesn't get that a simulation is a simulation so the universe outside the simulation would necessarily be practically the same.

There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
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