I read a link posted by George Knapp on Facebook and Twitter tonight to a website called Educating Humanity. The link describes well respected people who say we may be living in a simulated reality. A matrix.. Just like the movie version..
This quote, in particular, was present:
Rich Terrile, director of the Centre for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has spoken out about the digital simulation.
“Right now the fastest NASA supercomputers are cranking away at about double the speed of the human brain,” the NASA scientist told Vice.
“ If you make a simple calculation using Moore’s Law [which roughly claims computers double in power every two years], you’ll find that these supercomputers, inside of a decade, will have the ability to compute an entire human lifetime of 80 years – including every thought ever conceived during that lifetime – in the span of a month.“In quantum mechanics, particles do not have a definite state unless they’re being observed.“Many theorists have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how you explain this.“One explanation is that we’re living within a simulation, seeing what we need to see when we need to see it.“What I find inspiring is that, even if we are in a simulation or many orders of magnitude down in levels of simulation, somewhere along the line something escaped the primordial ooze to become us and to result in simulations that made us – and that’s cool.”
While searching for Rich Terrile’s actual quote in VICE (the aforementioned story didn’t link the VICE article), I found YOUR NEWS WIRE declaring this headline: Universe A Matrix Computer Game Designed By Aliens, Say NASA
Now, with all due respect to YOUR NEWS WIRE, one scientist speaking doesn’t proclaim NASA’s official position. And even more, if you read then quote displayed originally by Terrille, he said that some theorists have claimed this and that he finds it cool. As do I..
Terrile didn’t proclaim we are all simulated and fake. And it certainly didn’t warrant this headline from another strange site I found called ST THOMAS AQUINAS VS NASA (real stuff) .. They went as far as calling this scientist insane for saying that some people say something that other people have always contemplated.
The UK EXPRESS fishwrapper over in the UK also did its part, saying that a NASA scientist said we ‘May’ be living in a matrix. Even though he entertained the thoughts only of others, as I said.. With a keen eye, you may notice the text of the EXPRESS article is the same as the others.. which means someone copied off of someone. And with the net, it’s tough to tell if the chicken or the egg came first. In this case, the quote or the highly copied story reposted and reposted all over again.
But finally, all of these stories regardless of who the first one to write it was, all mentioned that Rich Terrille was interviewed by VICE .. and that is where all sources are deriving the quote about the simulated matrix notion…I thought about this long and hard, and something was telling me I heard this all before.. Like I read it before. Like maybe I was in a simulated matrix and someone kept rebroadcasting the same link over and over again. So I checked the COAL SPEAKER archive and realized hat this quote was printed on my very site in 2012!! Years ago..
So did I someone hear it before St. Thomas who hates NASA did? And the Knapp linked site? And the EXPRESS?
No.. I Checked
VICE actually had an article in 2012. Proof here: http://www.vice.com/search?query=terrille … and even more interesting, the VICE article THEN quoting Terrille actually talks about a show he appeared on in 2010: THROUGH THE WORMHOLE..
So … that would mean all of these websites TODAY featuring this quotation as if it’s new are actually repeating news from 5 years ago. Think of it like this: If you were in your matrix, bought a car in May 2010, you now own your car. But also there is a good likelihood that your car was fixed at least 6 times and had way too many things happen to it, causing you to doubt your reality and hate your existence. But you also most likely had the chance to go to a car dealership and eat their “free” popcorn while your car was looked at by professionals, who told you that your car was ‘done for’ and that you should be a new car. And you’re going through it all over again.
All in this matrix.
But the theory is interesting, don’t get me wrong. I think about it often.
The offensive part, to me, is how the internet has a knack for repeating and regurgitating articles simply for click porn. Especially when higher profile people link it without realizing that it was first reported in 2012. And 2010.
All in the matrix.
All by sims.