Reality is Virtual

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Are you seriously proposing to create a computer simulation of the universe, with one processor for each object/particle?

Answer: Not exactly. For the moment consider it a 'Thought Experiment'. Don't worry about the practical considerations right now. As the book explores the implications the details will become clear.

Question: Define Finite (from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary)

Answer: Having a limit; limited in quantity, degree, or capacity; bounded; -- opposed to infinite; as, finite number; finite existence; a finite being; a finite mind; finite duration.

Question: Define Infinite (from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary)

Answer: Unlimited or boundless, in time or space; as, infinite duration or distance.

Question: Don't some physical theories say there are shortcuts in space?

Answer: While there are physical theories that suggest the possibility - in the absence of evidence I didn't include a mechanism for this idea in the simulation.

Question: Does the singularity of a black hole occupy a single Boxel?

Answer: Because General Relativity says a singularity is infinitely dense then a single Boxel would suffice. But if a singularity was infinitely dense then all of the properties of matter would be crushed out of existence. A basic principle of Quantum Mechanics is that information cannot be created or destroyed - which means matter cannot be crushed out of existence. The Boxel approach gives singularities a very, very high density, not an infinite density. This is consistent with its approach to simulating the Big Bang. The number of Boxels required for a singularity is approximately the total-mass divided by the maximum-mass-per-Boxel.

Question: There are other species that show intelligence besides man. What is the difference?

Answer: In the context of the book the difference is that mankind's intelligence is powerful enough to dramatically alter the natural conditions of the environment, so much so as to potentially destroy it and themselves.