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A disturbing thought...

Apart from the unknown origins of consciousness, consider that with modern computing, us as species could create/replicate an enclosed universe of any size, (e.g cricketball), by creating a singularity/low-entropy beginning, providing some parameters (just like the numbers the speaker is referring to) and from this produce a highly-complex system (similar to our universe).

Any intelligent life that eventuated within the system wouldn't be aware of any space outside their system (just as we aren't),

Could we all be rats in another species lab experiment?

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    May 20 2011: We could all be a simulation after all. Computing power double every 18 months. Sooner or later a computer simulation will be so "real" that we can't tell the difference between reality and a simulation.

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