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Why Reality Is Not a Video Game — And Why It Matters

In his latest post for "13.7 Cosmos & Culture," Marcelo Gleiser, the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy, discusses a satirical essay written by Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker, in which he wondered whether the strange reality we live in could be some kind of computer game played by an advanced intelligence. "It seems to me that being so advanced they would have collected enough knowledge about their past to have little interest in this kind of simulation," says Gleiser. "But a full-fledged, resource-consuming simulation of an entire universe? Sounds like a colossal waste of time."

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