Walter Bradley Center fellows weigh in:
The idea that we are a simulation by space aliens is a staple of science fiction, of course (think The Matrix, 1999). But some scientists take this simulation hypothesis seriously.
Serious discussion started with a paper by philosopher Nick Bostrom in 2003, “Are you living in a computer simulation?” in which he suggests, “One thing that later generations might do with their super-powerful computers is run detailed simulations of their forebears or of people like their forebears.”…
Jonathan Bartlett offers,
The simulation hypothesis is interesting but it fails precisely because it is too loosely stated, and equivocates more than it clarifies.
The primary “proof” for the simulation hypothesis is that, let’s say that we could simulate a universe. If we do, there are now two universes, ours and the simulated one. In the simulated universe, if it succeeds, there will eventually be organisms that can also discover how to simulate a universe. Now we have three universes, and two of them are simulated. So, if you wake up in any universe, there is now a higher probability of a particular universe being simulated than the universe being real…”“How do we know that our universe is not a sim world?” at Mind Matters News
It gets crazier. You will reach for sanity and not find it… 😉
See also: Tyson bombshell: Universe is likely just computer sim