It is said in Hinduism that our world is nothing but a dream created in the imagination of Lord Vishnu. It goes something like this: “Vishnu, the God, sleeps, and the activity of his mind stuff creates dreams, and we are all his dream: the world is Vishnu’s dream. And just as, in your dreams, … Read More
It is said in Hinduism that our world is nothing but a dream created in the imagination of Lord Vishnu. It goes something like this:
“Vishnu, the God, sleeps, and the activity of his mind stuff creates dreams, and we are all his dream: the world is Vishnu’s dream. And just as, in your dreams, all the images that you behold and all the people who appear are really manifestations of your own dreaming power, so are we all manifestations of Vishnu’s dreaming power. We are no more independent entities than the dream figures in our own dreams.” – Joseph Campbell Foundation
Fast forward to present day, we are still exploring similar concepts even with movies like The Matrix, where we tinker with the idea of living in a world that is not real, but rather a product of the imagination of a higher Being, in this the we are talking about the imagination or will of the machine.
Around October of last year, when everybody was focusing on whether the world would end in December 2012, some scientists were worried about finding a way to prove the myth of Lord Vishnu wrong. So, the came up with a test they can use prove whether or not we are living in a simulated 3D reality. Physicist like Silas Beane of the University of Bonn, Germany whom with a team of his colleagues have posed this question while contemplating on laws of Physics applied on a simulated reality which they believe can be a good way to test the probabilities of certain objects appearing and how these would compare to the kinds of things that appear in our so-called “real” world. Silas co-authored a paper titled: “Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation” and published by Cornell University. So when you are faced with the idea that we would be living in a reality that is somehow “made up” by something other itself, it makes you think just how exactly a video game works, alternate worlds created either collectively or due to the world of teams of programmers who put their minds to together to create the worlds, examples come to mind like the World of Warcraft or online simulated worlds such as Second Life. I doubt scientist can really proof such question right now, but they help beg the question: If we are living in simulated reality? Who is making this up? After all, when you think back of the words of the scripture when referring to Lord Vishnu, you can imagine yourself how real the world inside a dream can feel like.