“Batteries” and “lab model”
In the fourth part of The Matrix, which was released recently, people play the role of “batteries”, giving their energy to machines. However, the Swedish-born philosopher Nick Bostrom believes that obtaining energy is unlikely to be the reason for creating a large-scale simulation, since maintaining human organisms would then take much more energy than they could generate.
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In principle, the researcher suggests, the simulation could be created as a laboratory reproduction of reality in order to study some historical events or social problems.
Suppose scientists want to see what impact this or that economic reform will have on society. They simulate the right situation and study the consequences.
If the consequences do not suit them, the model is returned to its original parameters and a new program is written. However, if we assume that there are many such socio-historical experiments, then the number of “matrix intelligent units”, that is, the inhabitants of the virtual reality, will constantly increase.
In the end, it will turn out to be millions of times greater than the number of real people. So we are very likely virtual personalities, and not creatures of flesh and blood.
Electronic simulation impossible?
The next important point is the technical side of simulating reality. In order for the inhabitants of the simulation not to discover the “forgery”, everything must be arranged as reliably as possible.
That is, one cannot limit oneself to reproducing only the planet Earth with its immediate environment. So, the stars should look like real ones, and not just luminous specks in the virtual sky. Otherwise, astronomers will quickly expose this deception.
By the way, experts have calculated that there are more than one hundred billion galaxies in the observable Universe alone. And there are even more stars and planets.
To recreate all this digitally, enormous resources are needed, even taking into account the fact that our technologies are not yet so perfect as to closely examine each star through a telescope.
But even if such a universe were simulated, an unrealistic number of operators would be required to process the information. The complex structure of the universe testifies rather against the existence of the Matrix than in its favor.
And if you simulate consciousness?
Theoretical physicist Sabina Hossenfelder, in turn, believes that our “native” civilization simply could not create such a global model. Therefore, there must be some other intelligent civilization.
But so far, we have not found any scientific evidence that we are not alone in the foreseeable world. But the simulation of human consciousness is another matter.
“As far as we know, consciousness is simply a property of certain systems that process large amounts of information,” says Hossenfelder.
At the same time, it is not so important whether such a system was created on the basis of a biological brain or a computer platform, she adds.
Meanwhile, experts on brain problems argue that our consciousness is only able to create models of the surrounding reality, based on incoming information. And, since the models of reality are absolutely individual for each person, we cannot get an objective idea of the world around us, only a subjective one.
On the other hand, a virtual model can theoretically reproduce reality according to some algorithms embedded in it that imitate the laws of nature. Physicists have repeatedly tried to simulate natural processes, but have not been able to achieve ideal results.
The fact is that it is simply physically impossible to simulate the properties of each atom participating in a particular process.
Universe big and small
However, there is another concept. And why did we get the idea that the Matrix has a digital origin?
So, academician Valery Rubakov suggests that the Universe could have arisen from a very small region of space, and then begin the process of expansion. In this case, it is only a part of the “Big Universe”.
And it’s not a fact that this “pocket universe” was not created artificially. And that it is only one – there can be many such worlds.
They can exist both for the experimental purposes of a higher civilization living in the “Big Universe”, and as “backup realities” in case of some cataclysms that threaten the life of this civilization.
The last hypothesis seems to be much more thoughtful than the digital version. But we do not yet have information that can prove or disprove it. And perhaps never will be.
“Cursed charity shop painting ruined my life”, says British woman
A British woman purchased a portrait of a young girl from a charity shop and now asserts that the picture is cursed, reports mirror.co.uk.
Elliot-Brown, aged 36, spotted an artwork by an unfamiliar artist at
the Hastings Advice Representation Center in St Leonards-on-Sea, East
Sussex, a month ago.
Simultaneously, the seller cautioned Zoe
about the painting possibly being cursed, revealing that a prior
purchaser of the same artwork had returned it to the store with the
statement “it ruined my life.”
Out of curiosity, Zoe captured an
image of the painting on her smartphone and shared the photo with her
68-year-old mother, Jane Elliot-Brown. Her mother seemed to be entranced
by the painting.
she began urging Zoe to acquire the painting. Yielding to her mother’s
persuasion, Zoe paid £20 for the artwork. However, as soon as she
introduced it into her home, strange occurrences commenced taking place.
Zoe entered her home and positioned the painting in the living room,
their dog named Cilla leaped up and started growling at the artwork.
Cilla deliberately kept her distance, refraining from approaching the
picture. Subsequently, Zoe’s mother’s health took a sharp decline. She
began experiencing alternating spells of fever and chills, requiring her
to wear four sweaters to keep warm.
Concurrently, Zoe’s mother
seemed to be captivated by the painting. She continuously gazed at it
and even caressed the painted girl’s cheek. During the night, she heard
peculiar knocks emanating from the room where the picture hung, despite
the room being unoccupied.
Zoe managed to persuade her mother that
the painting held negative energy and was cursed. However, Jane
staunchly defended the painting, reluctant to part with it.
never seen my mother yearn for something so intensely. She was
entranced by it, but not in a positive manner. She guarded it. She
frequently gazed at it. She ran her fingers over the painted girl’s
cheeks and polished the surface, although the painting didn’t require
“Each time I mentioned disposing of the painting, she
became exceedingly irritable. It transformed into a sort of family
heirloom for her, something she began cherishing.”
flatly refused to get rid of the painting. I think it’s a bit like the
magic power of the Lord of the Rings ring. It definitely works in an
attractive and charming way, it seems to pull you towards it.
“My mother became a bit like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings,” says Zoe.
herself says that it seems to her that the painted girl is very unhappy
and she stroked her to comfort her. She also does not attribute the
deterioration of her health to the purchase of the painting.
the same time, she admits that there were several cases when someone
seemed to knock on the door, and when she opened it, there was no one on
One day, Jane became so ill that she fainted right
in the bathroom. Zoe called 911, but her mother refused to go to the
hospital and was eventually left at home.
One morning, Zoe entered
the living room and saw her mother standing and stroking the painted
girl on her cheeks. And the mother could not remember how she ended up
in the living room and what she did at night.
was strange behavior, especially for my mom. She couldn’t remember
anything from what happened last night. My mom is still very weird and
distracted and doesn’t want to discuss it.”
And then something
even more frightening happened. Zoe and her friend Ben went for a walk
on a hill during a thunderstorm and suddenly saw a “creepy black figure”
that suddenly appeared in front of them.
They do not know if this
is related to the painting, but they immediately ran back in fear.
Deciding to get rid of the cursed painting, Zoey eventually took it and
took it to the same shop where she bought it.
And when she drove
up to the store, she saw that in one of the tires of the car, brand new,
someone stuck a screw. She gave the painting to the seller, but then
changed her mind and took it back.
didn’t want someone else to buy the painting and get hurt because of
it. Now Zoe wants to give the picture only to someone who understands
Now the painting is kept in Zoya’s house in a box filled with sage (it is believed that sage helps against evil spirits).
She also hung sage in every corner of the house, although Zoya’s mother was very unhappy with this.
thought knowing my luck some idiot will go and get it and try and burn
it and I don’t really want to be left with the remainder of whatever the
hell has been going on. Technically I was the last owner. [I want it]
dealt with properly. […]”
Wild man with a spear in his hand was spotted in the forests of Germany
A mysterious wild man, nicknamed by the locals “the wolf man”, was
photographed in the forested mountains of the Harz, in the center of
Germany. The man was completely naked and held a spear in his hand.
savage was accidentally noticed by two tourists who were walking
through the forest, not far from the city of Blankenburg in
Saxony-Anhalt, and examined the ruins of an old castle.
reached the caves in the sands, we saw this wolf-man. He stood high in
one of the caves and held in his hand a long wooden stick that looked
like a spear.
“He didn’t take his eyes off us, but he didn’t say
anything. He looked dirty and looked like a prehistoric man from the
Stone Age, like pictures in a history book,” Gina Weiss, 31, told Bild
to Weiss and her friend Toby, they observed this man for about ten
minutes. The naked man appeared to be in his forties and reportedly
these tourists were not the first to have seen him in the area.
It is assumed that he has been living in the forests near Blankenburg for about five years.
Authorities say they have received numerous reports of a person wearing a wolf’s skin or wolf costume over the past five years.
March 2023, a frightened eyewitness even called the police because he
thought that a wolfman running next to him wanted to attack him. In
other cases, people have seen how a savage is trying to make a fire or
building a hut out of branches for himself.
At the same time, it
is quite cold in this area in winter and it is not clear how this person
managed to survive here for several years.
According to Alexander
Beck, head of the local fire brigade, this savage clearly has the
skills to live in the wild and adapt to the changing seasons of the
Where this man came from is unknown. There are many theories, from the hermit to more mystical versions such as time portals.
However, there are those who believe that all this is just some kind of prank to scare tourists or some other purpose.
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