the universe simulates itself
While new discoveries
from the early moments of the Big Bang and quantum and particle
physics continue to amaze us and fill in the gaps of our mysterious
universe, there remains a stunning number of questions we still
A new physics hypothesis attempts to answer both questions at the same time with a new spin on panpsychism that weds aspects of Nick Bostrom's Simulation Argument with something called,
The hypothesis, outlined in a new paper by a team of researchers at the Quantum Gravity Research institute, is called the "panpsychic self-simulation model," and while the authors certainly aren't earning any points for intellectual modesty, their idea may just be capable of peacefully mapping some of the universe's most wild conundrums.
The first pieces of this puzzle you may have already heard of:
Then there is the age-old belief in panpsychism, which posits that the entire universe is a type of panconscious entity and that even ordinary matter is imbued with proto-consciousness.
The new argument gets rid of the middleman and suggests that panconsciousness itself is generating the simulations, not advanced aliens, and that the universe is one giant "mental self-simulation."
The paper, titled "The Self-Simulation Hypothesis Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics," says,
You're still left with the mystery of the physical origins of this self-generating consciousness, to which the researchers reply that the answer is actually non-material.
The paper argues that universal consciousness "self-actualizes" using a natural algorithm called "the principle of efficient language."
In other words,
The universe, they say,
Quantum Gravity physicist David Chester broke down some recent findings they feel bolster the argument:
The paper also suggests that the purpose of this single looping, self-generating consciousness is to explore and develop meaning through information.
They also discuss future prospects, such as studying lucid dreams to better understand simulations and the idea of developing consciousness that does not require matter at all...