Not anymore than the holy Flying Spaghetti Monster, or a toothy fairy, or a djinn contains one.

Just because you can imagine that you live in a giant video game, does not mean that is a scientifically credible thought.

If there is no good reason for proposing an explanation to account for an observation, then there is no reason to even consider that explanation as a scientific hypothesis. Hypothesis in the plain sense? Perhaps, but also pseudoscientific, superstitious, theological drivel.

Scientific American tries to pay lip service to simulation argument nonsense here, reproduced by Dawkins’s site here. Citing Tyson’s “awesome” reasoning:

He noted the gap between human and chimpanzee intelligence, despite the fact that we share more than 98 percent of our DNA. Somewhere out there could be a being whose intelligence is that much greater than our own. “We would be drooling, blithering idiots in their presence,” he said. “If that’s the case, it is easy for me to imagine that everything in our lives is just a creation of some other entity for their entertainment.”

Well, then, perhaps Tyson could be considered a blithering idiot compared to researchers who can understand that simulation argument is merely superstitious drivel and has zero probability just like other variations of Intelligent Design nonsense, which is widely regarded as pseudoscience.

That we live in a video game is one of the most ancient superstitions in the world, and forms the basis of all Abrahamic desert myths. These narrow minded faux intellectuals who go on TV claiming to be scientific experts are so shallow in their scholarship, that they do not even know the basic features of religious myths and philosophy of religion. Neither do they understand philosophy of science which makes them mistake superstitious nonsense for scientific hypotheses.  One can sympathize with the popularity of such simpletons in the age of idiocracy, but we must not give too much credit towards these sub-par thinkers like Tyson, who apparently think at a comic-book level, yet do not even know much about comic books.

You can give a techno-babble interpretation to any myth. Marvel Comics did the same to Thor. They were apparently technologically advanced aliens, which explained their god-like powers. Easy, right? Instead of magic, you can say technology. Same goes for simulation argument foolishness. Or Zeus, or djinns, or tooth fairies, or whatever mythological nonsense you would like to reboot with techno-babble. Heck, you can even call in a Star Trek or Star Wars writer if you need the best sounding techno-babble! Obviously, this “awesome” idea imitates the celebrated movie The Matrix. However, some effort has been shown to make The Matrix scenario seem plausible to inexperts, as is typical of most pseudoscientific new age charlatanry.

Now, there is the important point. If your hypothesis is extremely improbable, as in this video game nonsense, then you need extremely strong evidence for it. There is no such evidence. It also explains nothing. Evolution already explains our origins and is much more probable and very strongly supported by evidence and experiments.

Scientific American goes on to cite superstitious readings of science as if they were evidence, from the foolish creationists Nick Bostrom, David Chalmers, Max Tegmark and the like. The section titled Virtual Minds lists pseudoscientific evidence. To an inexpert in these fields, the nonsense of these pseudoscientists might sound reasonable. But they are not. They are just looking for a techno-babble excuse for their superstitious, pathetic delusions.

Scientific American does offer some counter-arguments in the “Room for skepticism” section but those are weak. Lisa Randall’s explanation was to the point. She was probably shocked by the cognitive inferiority of the other people at this embarrassing panel of the delusional sons of ape and did not want to insult them all heavily so she stopped short of a rigorous analysis. Her point of probabilities is correct, that is a simpleton’s non-understanding of probabilities; it is not a calculation or a scientific model or anything like that. It is just some foolish creationist pseudo-scientist’s attempt to look scientific. However, there is more to it, which you can see here where I explain digital physics is no evidence for this “intelligent design” nonsense. Take a look at my previous post if you wish to see a more robust refutation of this silly nonsense including a satisfactory discussion of the probabilities involved. You should also read Singularity Utopia’s essay if you wish to see how intelligent people think about such silly claims.

The last section of the essay titled “Life, universe, and everything” is completely nonsensical, and is full of the kindergarten level reasoning skills of the charlatans Chalmers, Tegmark, Gates, and Tyson. It is quite pathetic, and I will not comment on its contents aside from stating that a posthuman programmer deity is still a deity. These people might be entertaining talk show guests, but they are apparently not rigorous in their thinking, or have depth in their training; at least they have no command of philosophy.

In conclusion, Scientific American misrepresents pseudoscientific, creationist nonsense as if it is a scientific hypothesis. This is how badly our culture has devolved, a supposedly scientific magazine even is praising these retarded schizophrenics and reinforcing their delusions.

Simulation Argument Does Not Contain a Scientific Hypothesis


Eray Özkural has obtained his PhD in computer engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara. He has a deep and long-running interest in human-level AI. His name appears in the acknowledgements of Marvin Minsky's The Emotion Machine. He has collaborated briefly with the founder of algorithmic information theory Ray Solomonoff, and in response to a challenge he posed, invented Heuristic Algorithmic Memory, which is a long-term memory design for general-purpose machine learning. Some other researchers have been inspired by HAM and call the approach "Bayesian Program Learning". He has designed a next-generation general-purpose machine learning architecture. He is the recipient of 2015 Kurzweil Best AGI Idea Award for his theoretical contributions to universal induction. He has previously invented an FPGA virtualization scheme for Global Supercomputing, Inc. which was internationally patented. He has also proposed a cryptocurrency called Cypher, and an energy based currency which can drive green energy proliferation. You may find his blog at and some of his free software projects at

6 thoughts on “Simulation Argument Does Not Contain a Scientific Hypothesis

  • December 26, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    The simulation argument does not pretend to be science. It is simply a thought experiment, based upon what we know of ourselves and our level of technology.

    We KNOW that our technology will soon be capable of this.

    We KNOW that we like creating virtual worlds.

    We KNOW that we are likely to create a multitude of sophisticated virtual worlds in future.

    Given that KNOWLEDGE, it is not improbable at all that this has already happened, and that we are inside such a simulation. In fact, it is highly probable. That ought to give us some pause regarding a strong atheist position.

    • December 27, 2016 at 7:34 am

      You seem way too confident in such primary school level simplification of the scientific question of our origins. Surely, that “argument” is merely a variation on old scholastic posterior arguments. It’s just as scientific, meaning none whatsoever. Read my draft article on the matter, please.

  • December 27, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Yup, the simulation argument is just solipsism 101. You only need to understand it well enough to dismiss it as improbable. And if it is a simulation, the extent to which things don’t seem like a simulation makes for an overly conspicuous state of affairs. What kind of perverse trickery would that be? Tall claims, indeed.

  • December 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    “Primary school-level simplification” or not, you’re missing the point. For all your research into OUR physics, you CANNOT know what physics the alien world follows. Period. You’ve made no headway into answering neither here nor there. The simulation argument does not claim to have a scientific hypothesis.

    Such arrogance, yet such bad philosophy. It’s especially amusing how the irony of your own accusation, this “confidence in primary school-level simplification,” flies over your head too. It really is.

    • December 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      The simulation argument assumes that the physics of the simulation is identical to that of the enclosing world. On the other hand, the case where we hypothesize about “exotic alien physics” was covered in my H+ article on simulation argument. The point here is that you are a random moron on the net, and I am a computer science PhD, you damn imbecile, and you don’t get to talk shit about a subject you don’t have the IQ for. Your stupid little book reeks of your ignorance. Philosophy for dummies? You are a fucking scammer and a moron. Get over it. Of course a moron like you will admire a creationist moron like Bostrom. I get it, honestly I do. But FWIW, I think subhuman morons like you shouldn’t be so courageous as to stop by my page and vomit their ignorance like this.

    • December 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      A review of the book this imbecile wrote from Amazon:
      It seems I already agree with most people who don’t like this book, so I’ll just point out a few things I didn’t like personally:

      -His thoughts on immortality are summed up thusly: “Dying is scary, so it’s better to believe in an afterlife.”
      -The naturalistic worldview means no morals, free will, meaning, or hope. (Page 305 if you don’t believe me.)
      -Not only is Pascal’s Wager its own chapter (and for some reason not part of the chapter about if there is a god or not), but here’s some of his points: if you’re an atheist and are right about god, there isn’t an afterlife to gloat about it (pg. 298 and is considered a “tip”), but if you bet on god and are wrong, you won’t be frustrated about it because you’re dead (same page, but considered a “great idea”); it convinced some tough guy that Pascal was smart (pg. 299); that even if a person believes because of the Wager, they’ll eventually believe for real and avoid the immorality objection (pg. 300-301); and lastly, even though there are many different gods out there, because Pascal was Christian, it means that the Christian God is the right one (pg 302-302).
      -Tom then tells a story about some crazy dude claiming to be God and having disciples in New Haven. He was marrying people in his name. Tom asks if the Wager applies to people like this and says, no, because not every claim of infinite reward deserves attention. I wonder if he meant for this to apply to other religions?

      There is more, but these were the parts that bugged me the most.


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