rich terrile

I think I could believe in God?

Not the Judeo-Christian God, or any deity of any organized religion, though.

Scientist Rich Terrile reported earlier this year that, if the universe is infinite, it’s very likely that we’re not living in the actual universe. Instead, we inhabit a simulation. Terrile went as far as too suggest that the chance of all of us living in a computer is almost 100%.

And this makes sense? If the universe is infinite, and there are an infinite number of intelligent species, it’s almost certain that at least one extraterrestrial society could faithfully reproduce our universe. And if this is the case, then there has been some kind of divine hand guiding our creation. Or at least, the creation of this simulation. Thus, God is real. It’s not an old man with a white beard, and probably not anything even remotely humanoid, but if we do live in a machine that was deliberately created, whoever or whatever put together this simulation is just as Holy as anything in the Bible.

The natural world behaves exactly the same way as the environment of Grand Theft Auto IV. In the game, you can explore Liberty City seamlessly in phenomenal detail. I made a calculation of how big that city is, and it turns out it’s a million times larger than my PlayStation 3. You see exactly what you need to see of Liberty City when you need to see it, abbreviating the entire game universe into the console. The universe behaves in the exact same way. In quantum mechanics, particles do not have a definite state unless they’re being observed. Many theorists have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how you explain this. One explanation is that we’re living within a simulation, seeing what we need to see when we need to see it.
—  Dr. Richard Terrile
Rich Terrile, a NASA scientist who worked on Voyager, thinks that our universe is just a giant computer simulation. He thinks that this explains pretty much everything we don’t understand about physics. It’s kind of comforting to know I’m inside a game. Every time I make a bad decision, that just means some 12 year old space kid from the future made me do it.