Yeah, but The Matrix made a better movie
Here’s your Friday conspiracy theory fun! (BTW, I love that we have a “conspiracy theories” tag. I think it shows that our hearts are in the right place.)
Nick Bostrom (no relation) apparently saw The Matrix and, unlike the rest of us, pondered how unlikely it was. While the rest of us were gladly wallowing in our willing suspension of disbelief, Nick was busy coming up with a more likely scenario. His theory boils down to a sort of world experiment run by Intelligent Design type cyborgs. He points out that “there is a significant probability that you are living in computer simulation”. I skimmed the article (my crazy-meter pegged part-way through, so I couldn’t concentrate too closely) quickly. Turns out that his justification for “significant probability” boils down to “You can’t prove it ain’t true!” A valid point, I guess.
I have a hard time trying to decide if this is his actual belief or if it’s just an exercise in philosophy and logic. If it’s the latter he should feel very accomplished for misusing his college smarts.