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Is the universe a computer simulation

Scientists have decided that they can test to see whether or not the universe is a simulation being run by some advanced civilization.

"Essentially, Savage said that computers used to build simulations perform "lattice quantum chromodynamics calculations" - dividing space into a four-dimensional grid. Doing so allows researchers to examine the force which binds subatomic particles together into neutrons and protons - but it also allows things to happen in the simulation, including the development of complex physical "signatures", that researchers don't program directly into the computer. In looking for these signatures, such as limitations on the energy held by cosmic rays, they hope to find similarities within our own universe."

Basically, if the simulated universe shares certain unintended, unprogrammed similarities with our universe, then our universe may be a simulation.

What I don't quite understand is - why isn't vice-verca a more realistic scenario? That is, if the simulation shares certain similarities with our universe, maybe it's just a good simulation?

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/11/physicists-may-have-evide_n_1957777.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/12/physicists-universe-simulation-test-university-of-washington-matrix_n_2282745.html

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    Dec 13 2012: I always argue about it with my dad. He claims the universe is a game and I take the opposite stance. We have not reached any conclusions yet. If we do I'll keep you posted :)

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