In all seriousness, Michael Brooks asks , “Existence: Am I a zombie?” (New Scientist , 25 July 2011):
It is not so long ago that computers became powerful enough to let us create alternative worlds. We have countless games and simulations that are, effectively, worlds within our world. As technology improves, these simulated worlds will become ever more sophisticated. The “original” universe will eventually be populated by a near-infinite number of advanced, virtual civilisations. It is hard to imagine that they will not contain autonomous, conscious beings. Beings like you and me.
Okay, Brooks, how about this. Yes, we are living in a sim. Better still, we are living in an infinity of nested sims, one inside the other. Hey, this is science! Wheeee!!
Alternatively: Stop. Smoking. That. Now.
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