The simulation hypothesis (also known as the simulation argument or simulation theory) proposes that reality as we know it is a simulation — and most likely a computer simulation. If this argument is true, it means that everything — ourselves, everyone on the planet, and the universe at large — is not what we think it is. There is an ultimate reality upon which our perceived reality depends. Behind the solidity and viscerality of the world we inhabit, as well as every thought, perception, and experience we have, are advanced computations developed by an advanced civilisation.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on February 4, 2020.