People seem forever doomed to take whatever is currently trendy and project it onto reality at large. Instead of asking “are we in a video game/computer simulation/Babbage calculating engine/steam-powered mechanical universe” etc. we should instead ask two meaningful questions:

  1. what fundamental problem are we attempting to address by means of adding baroque notions on top of current physics?
  2. what are the implications of our hypothesis that aren’t merely another pointless regression along the lines of:

“Where did everything come from?”

My god or gods made it.”

“Where did these gods come from?”

“Ah, oops, never mind…”

When we ask the two basic questions above, all rationale for the trendy videogame notion evaporates.

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