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Ever since the 13th Floor, The Matrix, et. al., a variety of semi serious, to now more serious physicists and mathematicians have begun to scratch the surface of the possibility that we actually DO live in a sim. Although the extreme religious right is aghast at this idea, they seem to miss the possibility that the Deity IS the "Divine Programmer," and this "sim" is one of many designed for our immortal training. Certainly the Platonic ideal forms did not rule out both physics and/or spiritual aspects.
This amazing book takes speculation to the point of plausible. To get from plausible to possible, the "universe as math" pioneer Max Tegmark, after writing hundreds of articles on the theory, is now coming out with his first book early in 2014, available for pre order on Amazon at: Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality.
With the number of researchers now seriously looking from many different angles at the "information is reality" theory, it is amazing how few books attempt to cover the broad landscapes of the theory outside of journals. Other than Tegmark, this fine volume is one of only three that are current, and the other two are under 100 pages each and more like journal reprints than books. Even traditional physicists can't explain how some very deep mathematical devices (such as matrix algebra) not only "describe" quantum dynamics, but seem to "run" them.
In addition to physics, the universe as software and code, the universe as math, the universe as sim are all different frames for the same idea, explored in depth in this fine and unique volume, and integrated with the many worlds hypothesis.
Again, more religious folk take umbrage at the fact that "sims," if programmed, seem to obviate free will as this book's author also suggests. However, a number of recent philosophy books on free will contend that sim worlds and free will are not mutually exclusive, from a number of frames including holographic choice, the "true self" working outside the sim to guide the mind in the sim, and the sim adapting TO our choices, and in fact, existing because of our choices.
A truly fun and inspiring read. Gives little glimpses of what Neo saw in the code running beneath it all! Highly recommended, and don't dismiss it even if you're a spiritual type with a scientific bent. Possibilities ARE infinite.
Emailer answer: Got a very nasty email from a "Christian" saying that none of the recent investigations by science about "code running" beneath reality (or math, etc.) can be valid, because it denigrates Jesus. I hate to be the one to break this news, but EVERY Prophet, from Buddha to Moses, Jesus, Mohammad, The Bab... whoever you like... said the same thing: THIS WORLD IS AN "ILLUSION."
Now, they might not have used the word "sim" or "cosmic DVD," or Tegmark/Plato's "math running beneath reality" but isn't the idea that none of this is actually real, but an educational sim of sorts? I'm no Theologist, but simply think that a lot of this bluster between science and religion are just semantics and misunderstandings. A God who can code DNA and Dark Matter can certainly code an educational sim, otherwise why to all the Prophets say this world is an illusion??? (Vapor in the desert, etc.). Just a thought. I simply ask anyone, even very spiritual people, to read this with an open mind. Might we not have free will as a "test" and then, as Brother Lawrence said, "the angels of heaven know no will but the Will of God." How does that track with "free will?" Just asking for an open minded look, not blind acceptance of either side!