The Simulation Hypothesis: Evidence From Astronomy

If you agree that evidence is something that you can independently verify for yourself, then the following is evidence, albeit suggestive evidence, in favor of the Simulation Hypothesis. Be prepared to rethink everything you think you know.

The Simulation Hypothesis and Long Delayed Echoes

Long Delayed Echoes: Yet another software / computer-generated special effects related phenomenon could be the mystery of the LDE’s – Long Delayed Echoes. If you send off a radar pulse to the Moon say, you’d expect a return within a few seconds, not say a minute or an hour or a day later. If you did, an addition to the expected principal’s echo’s time interval, it would be a scientific anomaly of the highest order with the delayed echo having a decidedly unknown or uncertain origin.

Well, such sporadic LDE’s have in fact happened starting in 1927 (through to the present) with no apparent consistency. It’s like sending a radar signal to the Moon at noon getting the expected few second echo and then another secondary echo one minute later; repeating the exercise at one pm with the principal few second delay echo received, but another unexpected delayed echo coming now five minutes later. In short, the phenomena is fleeting and non-repeatable and non-verifiable.

The Simulation Hypothesis and Transient Lunar Phenomena

Transient Lunar Phenomena: Transient Lunar Phenomena (TLP) are absurd (but verified). The Moon is geologically dead and it has no atmosphere, so there just shouldn’t be sightings of mysterious lights and glows witnessed on the lunar surface. Sorry to say, TLP has been observed by both professional and amateur astronomers for yonks and while there are theories, the explanation(s) haven’t been pinned down. Perhaps another theory could reside in there being a simulated lunar landscape complete with intermittent lights and glows.

The Simulation Hypothesis and the Copernican Principle

The Copernican Principle basically states that Planet Earth and inhabitants therein are nothing special. There’s no reason to suggest that our Sun, solar system, home planet and all life forms therein are special in any shape manner or form. If you take all stars, all solar systems, all planets and all life forms in the Universe, we’d be pretty average. Now when put in the context of the Simulation Hypothesis, taking our terrestrial world as representing really real reality, we note that virtual realities, computer generated simulations, video / computer games, vastly outnumber the one and only really real reality.

That discrepancy is increasing by leaps-and-bounds every day. So, our terrestrial world, that world that you believe is really real reality, violates the Copernican Principle because it’s not average. Dungeons-and-Dragons might be closer to the average landscape. Now go up one level and again there’s nothing special about Planet Earth as a simulated world since simulated worlds vastly outnumber the really real reality worlds.

The Simulation Hypothesis and Intelligent Design / Fine-Tuning

The apparent design behind and the resulting fine-tuning of the laws, principles and relationships of physics that translates into a bio-friendly cosmos is indeed compelling evidence that there is an intelligence behind it all, even if most of the cosmos is bio-unfriendly. However, rather than postulate a supernatural intelligence, I suggest the odds favour a flesh-and-blood intelligence, in fact a computer programmer that has designed a Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe, and we are part and parcel of that simulated landscape. That simulation would of course have to be fine-tuned to allow for a habitable albeit virtual landscape, in the exact same way as our video games are fine-tuned in order to make the game-playing logical in its depiction of ‘reality’. Design and fine-tuning might be an argument for intelligence, but it’s not of necessity an argument for God.

The Simulation Hypothesis and the Titius-Bode Law of Planetary Distances

Many of us are familiar with the ordering of the planets from nearest to farthest – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Then there is also the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Now there exists a mathematical relationship that apparently has no actual foundation in the realities of physical laws that to an amazing degree, tells you the average distances of those planets (and asteroid belt), That relationship is called the Titius-Bode Law of Planetary Distances. Here’s how it works.

The Simulation Hypothesis and Solar Eclipses

If you take the entirety of all of the planetary abodes in our solar system, and all of the moons that orbit all of the planetary abodes in our solar system, when viewed from the parent body, no moon is just the right size and just the right distance as to produce a solar eclipse.

The Simulation Hypothesis and Dark Matter / Dark Energy

There are other anomalies that physical sciences are having a hard time coming to terms with – that is, explaining them. For example, the concept of ‘dark matter’ must exist in order to explain the rotation and structure of galaxies. However, no one can see this ‘dark matter’. ‘Dark matter’ doesn’t interact with any part of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum, yet it has gravity. There’s also about five times more ‘dark matter’ in the Universe than there is ordinary matter – ordinary matter is the kind of matter that has gravity and does interact with the EM spectrum, things like you and I and Planet Earth. “Dark matter’ has been in vogue for decades now, yet no one has a real clue what it is – if it is. Maybe it’s simulated.

Then there’s ‘dark energy’. If ordinary matter and ‘dark matter’ make up about a quarter of the mass/energy content of the Universe, ‘dark energy’ makes up the other 75%. And we haven’t the foggiest idea what ‘dark energy’ is. The apparent detection of ‘dark energy’ is over a decade old now. This concept has been introduced to explain why the expansion rate of our Universe is accelerating, contrary to all expectations (the expansion rate should be decelerating because of the Universe’s gravity).

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