|God doesn't play dice with the universe|
Top bank analysts claim there’s a 50% chance our world is a computer simulation and we're all plugged into a Matrix-style virtual reality.
And they also reckon if it's true - then there's no way we'll ever find out about it.
The Bank of America's Merrill Lynch made the astonishing claim in a research note citing comments by top scientists, astrophysicists and philosophers.I suppose if you reduce the options of any theory being true to a binary, and have absolutely no choice but to choose one at random, then a 50% chance is as good a number as any. That's just the way coin-flipping works.
But any argument based on the possibility that "members of future civilisations could have decided to run a simulation of their ancestors*" - i.e. us - is still bong-resin philosophy, like that one dude in high school who was convinced that our universe is an atom in the hand of a giant somewhere and that therefore his own hand contained millions of universes. You can't put odds on something for which you could not possibly have any data.
That said, such an idea raises no problem for those of us who believe in a created universe that we only temporarily inhabit. In fact, we are counting on the idea that we individually are only briefly a part of this world, that our true citizenship is elsewhere, and that our king does not rule here but will move us to an eternal home someday.
In that sense, Christians know we are in a 'simulation' - a reality that was created especially for us, is more temporary than us, and is something of a testing ground to see how we react to various stimuli during our time in it. It's not those we created who are running the program, but the One who created us for something much more.
* If we start from the proposal that we are not 'real' but only exist inside a computer simulation, how could we have descendants who created the simulation? The chicken/egg problems are endless.