Yes, in a very real sense, we are living in the Matrix. With just a few minor tweaks on the story line.
I don’t think we’re being harvested for electrical energy. And I don’t think we’re being fed the liquefied corpses of fellow EverReady’s who have ceased production.
But according to Professor Nick Bostrom, and other theorists, the probability that we are in fact living in a dimension other than the true Reality, a simulation of sorts, is quite high.
His basic assertions are below:
Now we get to the core of the simulation argument. This does not purport to demonstrate that you are in a simulation. Instead, it shows that we should accept as true at least one of the following three propositions:
(1) The chances that a species at our current level of development can avoid going extinct before becoming technologically mature is negligibly small
(2) Almost no technologically mature civilizations are interested in running computer simulations of minds like ours
(3) You are almost certainly in a simulation.
Each of these three propositions may be prima facie implausible; yet, if the simulation argument is correct, at least one is true (it does not tell us which).
In this brief summary, he goes on to even say that if the simulation were being run by a Christian Fundamentalist, then there most certainly would be reward and punishment for deeds in this sim-life, a Heaven and Hell, etc
I think he’s onto something, though.
What if the highly developed mind and civilization running “the simulation” is actually the Godhead, the Father, Son and Spirit? What if the simulation is actually a bubble in Eternity called “Time”? Now I think we’re getting somewhere…
Acts 17:22 So Paul stood before the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For as I went around and observed closely your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: ‘To an unknown god.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone. 26 From one man he made every nation of the human race to inhabit the entire earth, determining their set times and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, 27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 For in him we live and move about and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’
Yes, in Him we live and move, and have our being. We exist in the Mind of God.
We are most certainly in the Good Matrix.
I think I’ll be reading more about this, and drawing more “real-life” parallels. OK, that was tongue in cheek!