The Simulation Hypothesis (Book Review)

The Simulation Hypothesis by Rizwan Virk: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are In a Video Game

Reviewed for Tarka by Kenneth Rose

In The Simulation Hypothesis, MIT computer scientist and computer-game entrepreneur Rizwan Virk crafts a unique perspective standing at the convergence of the knowledge systems of modernity and of Hinduism and Buddhism and other mystical traditions. In his telling, the yoga-based philosophies of Hinduism and Buddhism, computer science, quantum physics, digital gaming, neuroscience, and cosmology are coming together and sharing their legitimacy and authority with each other (Kindle edition location 3992). Virk anchors this impressive speculative project on the Simulation Hypothesis, which is the claim that we are living in a vast computer game without knowing it. 

The Simulation Hypothesis is one of the possibilities contained in Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom’s well-known Simulation Argument, which argues that we live in a simulation if at least one technologically advanced civilization attains the ability to create such a simulation and does not decide against rendering it. Bostrom thinks that it is less than fifty percent likely that we actually live in a simulation:

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