Is Reality Real? A new animation from Kurzgesagt

In the thought-provoking video “Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument” by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, the creators delve into the fascinating concept of whether our universe is a mere simulation. By examining the limitations of human perception and the potential for advanced technology to simulate entire universes, they pose several key assumptions that, if true, could suggest that our reality is indeed simulated. Through engaging visuals and compelling explanations, this video challenges our understanding of reality and invites us to consider the possibility that we might be creations within a meticulously crafted simulation.

Kurzgesagt explores the idea that humans may be living in a simulated universe. They argue that we are unable to experience the universe’s true nature and that our senses and brains can only process a fraction of reality, suggesting that technological advancements could eventually enable the simulation of entire universes, making it difficult to determine if we are creators or creations.

Throughout the discussion, Kurzgesagt outlines five key assumptions that, if true, could indicate that we are living in a simulated reality. These include the possibility of simulating consciousness, the continuation of technological progress, the survival of advanced civilizations, the desire of these civilizations to run simulations, and the likelihood that we are part of a vast number of simulations. Despite these intriguing possibilities, they acknowledge that the concept is based on many assumptions that cannot be tested at the moment and that many scientists disagree with the thought experiment.

Source: Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell


Perhaps it’s simpler than we think. A simulation might not require a complex computer system. Instead, the universe could be an “intraverse,” where a single, infinite consciousness experiences itself subjectively. This would make us believe that we are separate from one another and prevent us from realizing that we create our own reality. When we die, we may not cease to exist but instead wake up in a different reality, similar to waking from a dream. This cycle could continue endlessly.

This is just a thought, so don’t take it too seriously.


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