Is Life One Gigantic Computer Simulation? University of Washington scientists think they’ve found a way to test Nick Bostrom’s controversial 2003 theory. And now for a bit of news that you (and I) will almost certainly not understand: scientists at the University of Washington say they’ve devised a test that may prove whether or not the lives we live are actually just one giant computer simulation created by our future descendants. Yes, you read that right. The researchers are responding to a 2003 paper published in Philosophical Quarterly by Nick Bostrom, a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford, who posited that somewhere down the line humans will become smart enough (and computer processing powerful enough) to model entire universes, and that we might be one of them. “The belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor simulations is false, unless,” he wrote—bum bum BUM! I’d go into more detail, but I’ve just ran out of processing power myself.
10 Interesting Futuristic Materials 1. Aerogel Aerogel holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records, including "best insulator", and "lowest-density solid". Sometimes called "frozen smoke", aerogel is made by the supercritical drying of liquid gels of alumina, chromia, tin oxide, or carbon. 2. Carbon nanotubes are chains of carbon held together by the strongest bond in all chemistry, the sacred sp2 bond, even stronger than the sp3 bonds that hold together diamond. 3. "Metamaterial" refers to any material that gains its properties from its microscopic structure rather than bulk composition. 4. We're starting to lay down thick layers of diamond in CVD machines, hinting towards a future of bulk diamond machinery. 5. Diamonds may be strong, but aggregated diamond nanorods (ADNRs) are stronger. 6. Amorphous metals, also called metallic glasses, consist of metal with a disordered atomic structure. 7. A superalloy is a generic term for a metal that can operate at very high temperatures, up to about 2000 °F (1100 °C). 8. 9.
Whoa: Physicists testing to see if universe is a computer simulation | The Sideshow Could this be a computer simulation? (Space.com) Will you take the red pill or the blue pill? Some physicists and university researchers say it's possible to test the theory that our entire universe exists inside a computer simulation, like in the 1999 film "The Matrix." In 2003, University of Oxford philosophy professor Nick Bostrom published a paper, "The Simulation Argument," which argued that, "we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation." Researchers at the University of Washington agree with the testing method, saying it can be done. So how, precisely, can we test whether we exist? "This is the first testable signature of such an idea," Savage said. The testing method is far more complex. To translate, if energy signatures in our simulations match those in the universe at large, there's a good chance we, too, exist within a simulation. Science, Social Science, & HumanitiesEducationCornell Universitycomputer simulation
Muscular Christianity Muscular Christianity is a Christian commitment to piety and physical health, basing itself on the New Testament, which sanctions the concepts of character (Philippians 3:14) and well-being (1Corinthians 6:19–20). The movement came into vogue during the Victorian era and stressed the need for energetic Christian evangelism in combination with an ideal of vigorous masculinity. Historically, it is most associated with the English writers Charles Kingsley and Thomas Hughes, and in Canada with Ralph Connor, though the name was bestowed by others. Kingsley and Hughes promoted physical strength and health as well as an active pursuit of Christian ideals in personal life and politics. Origins The term "Muscular Christianity" became well known in a review by the clergyman T. The idea was controversial. Influence Muscular Christianity spread to other countries in the 19th century. See also References Jump up ^ Marjorie B. External links
Blink and you'll miss it: Eye-control TV arrives which lets couch potatoes change the channel without lifting a finger By Eddie Wrenn Published: 10:17 GMT, 31 August 2012 | Updated: 17:05 GMT, 31 August 2012 Couch potatoes just found another excuse not to get off the sofa - a TV which can monitor your eyes and change the channel if you give it the nod. The Eye Control TV, by Chinese manufacturer Haier, comes with an admittedly bulky device that you place in front of your TV, and with a determined blink of your eyes you can change channels, change the volume, or power your television off. The eye-sensing technology relies on a Kinect-style sensor sat on your table, and Haier says your standard blinks will not interrupt your scheduled viewing. Scroll down for video No more lost remotes: The prototype sensor sits in front of the television, responding to blinks from the couch potato Blinks can bring up a menu bar, with a slide of your head allowing you to adjust the volume After that, long blinks activate the sensor, bringing up an on-screen display. VIDEO: Control the TV with with just your eyes
Physicists To Test If Universe Is A Computer Simulation Physicists have devised a new experiment to test if the universe is a computer. A philosophical thought experiment has long held that it is more likely than not that we're living inside a machine. The theory basically goes that any civilisation which could evolve to a 'post-human' stage would almost certainly learn to run simulations on the scale of a universe. And if it has? And it's not just theory. READ MORE: Physicists Have Evidence Universe Is Computer Simulation Now another team have devised an actual test to see if this theory holds any hope of being proven. Professor Martin Savage at the University of Washington says while our own computer simulations can only model a universe on the scale of an atom's nucleus, there are already "signatures of resource constraints" which could tell us if larger models are possible. This is where it gets complex. And if such signatures do appear in both? Zohreh Davoudi, one of Savage's students, goes further:
Disembodied Erotomania Inspired by Matt’s The Incubus Made Me Do It post from last week, it occurred to me that I’d actually written an entire chapter on the rarely explored topic of astral molestation in my first book. It’s out of print and I’m quite sure none of you have read it, so we’ll just mine it a bit at this point as I finish the final edits for my next book on occult weirdness (out spring 2013). Maybe I’ll do a re-release some day, but truthfully, I basically did nothing to promote the thing because I didn’t like it much. Parts are great but overall, way too dark. As was the nature of my life at the time. For now, let’s talk about sex with the spirits. “Less than a week after the first time I had sex, something completely unexpected and incontrovertibly unnerving occurred. So that was the first foray into this sort of madness. “The only thing I honestly recall of the experience is that I was sleeping in the same bed as this girl, not fucking mind you, just sleeping.
Physics News :: Is it real? Physicists propose method to determine if the universe is a simulation Living In The Lattice Beane et al via arXivA team of researchers is going down the theoretical rabbit hole with a test to find out if our universe is nothing more than a computer program. We don't want to alarm you, but there's a distinct possibility that our universe is nothing more than a huge computer simulation, that we're all living in The Matrix, and none of this is real. But while stopping short of full-on human-machine warfare, a team of interested researchers at the University of Bonn is trying to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes by performing a measurement that should tell us if we're stuck in a computer simulation. This notion is based on quantum chromodynamics, which is the idea that describes how the strong nuclear force binds quarks and gluons together into protons and neutrons--and thus binds everything else together. Physicists may prove we exist in a computer simulation
Lucid Dreaming and Mental Illness I got the weirdest phone call last week. The editor of Gawker, A.J. Daulerio, contacted me, requesting information on lucid dreaming. (Lucid dreaming is knowing you're dreaming while firmly in the dreamstate). Turns out, Gawker had got a hold of some emails from Jared Loughner, and Daulerio has been going through them looking for new insights in the horrendous mass shooting that left six dead and wounded 14, including U.S. "Nope, never spoke with him," I replied. "But you emailed with him, right?" "No, never did. "Because we have an email from him to you." That's when my nervous laughter began. No reply, he says... but maybe I have it? I have no recollection so I tell him I'll get back to him. Time stamp: February 2009. I reread Loughner's email to me and instantly understood why I didn't remember it: it was very, very forgettable. Below you can read Loughner's email to me and my reply. A couple of points about this exchange: Lucid Dreaming and Mental Illness The Secret Sufferers