Are we living in the matrix?
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First though, I need to clarify a few words and their definitions for this argument:
When I say "Matrix", I am referring to a computer generated existence that is molded around our lives. Not the movie specifically.
When I say "computer", I mean some sort of unknown device (not necessarily electronic) that simulates our reality through programming.
When I say "existence" or "reality", I am referring to the world around us and what we consider as normal (our everyday lives basically)
When I say "Know", "Knowledge" or "what we think we know", I am referring to our awareness of something through observation or thought.
And finally, when I say "Code" or "Program", I am referring to instructions that dictate how that particular thing (usually particle) will act in our reality.
Alright, so let me begin:
There are plenty of odd phenomena that may point toward us living within the realms of a simulated reality. For instance, atoms always create a certain type of element respective to that atom structure (for instance, one proton and electron atom will always create hydrogen, and never somethings else).
Because of this rigid rule, it would seem that atoms are programmed to create different types of elements respective to their structure, almost like a code!
Furthermore, there are other odd physics laws such as the speed of light, which goes exactly 299792458 metres per second and is constant in a vacuum and nothing can go faster than it. Why is this law in place? It would seem this too is programmed into our reality!
Even more creepy is the double slit experiment in quantum mechanics! I can't be bothered wasting character room to explain the experiment, so here is a Wikipedia page and video explaining it:
As you can see, the double slit experiment shows that by our observation of a particle, we change which direction that particle will go through, and how it will act!
Even weirder is the act of KNOWING which path the particle will also take also affects its path!
Another experiment (called the Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser Experiment or DCQE) confirmed this, which is explained in this video here:
As you can see, the world around us is influenced by our knowledge of it! Could this seem any more like a computer simulation!? The experiment suggests that our reality is affected by what we know about it, and therefore our reality is subject to what we think we know about it!
If reality is subject to what we think we know about it, then we might very well be simply brains in vats, with reality molded around what we think it is! Our very consciousness affects the world around us!
Schrodingers Cat is a thought experiment that can also make this even more mysterious!
This website will explain it further:
As you can see, this thought experiment states that our reality is indeed affected by our conscious thoughts! The world around us is unknown is every possibility until observed!
So what do we have here? We know that atoms always create certain elements respective to their structure, like a code!
Furthermore, laws such as the speed of light are also seemingly set at a specific speed and cannot be changed (that is, nothing can go faster than light), again like a code or program is dictating it!
And finally, quantum physics shows that reality is directly dictated by what we think we know.
Are we living in a computer simulation or matrix? Good luck to who ever my opponent will be!
just your debate is stupid you like a movie to much so you decide to be an idiot with your logic and understanding.
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Vote Placed by famousdebater 11 months ago
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