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Is the Universe a Simulation?

By Benjaminkanarek @bkanarekblog

Simulated Universe

Just wanted to share this short lived experience with you that left me thinking…alot!

Is the Universe a Simulation? Perhaps. For some time I have felt that we live in a program…A Matrix of sorts! This epiphany came about based on one very powerful experience. Several years ago I had this anomalous event. I just woke up and when in the bathroom, I literally saw a lattice work (screen door pixel effect) slowly dissolve and then reality came back to what I was used to. In retrospect it seemed like a kind of  error correction of sorts. You know, the programmer who sees the glitch and thinks, “Ooopppps I hope he didn’t  see that glitch happen. Maybe he didn’t notice it and he thinks it is a semi conscious dream remnant left over kind of  thing”. Look, it really did look like a very fine lattice or screen that held the composed physical reality in front of me. I will say this, my whole body froze with the realisation  of what had just transpired. It was truly one of those rare moments that never get put into the “that happened” past tense file. It is placed in that anomalous “WTF happened” file that is filled with those very few gems that make life the mystery it is.


To be honest, it scared the living crap out of me and have often wondered what actually happened to me. Mini stroke, hallucination, semi sleep state. All of the above? What I do know, like many traumas, this one has never left me. I often ponder the experience and it leaves me cold for many reasons that many of you  I am sure can understand. If we are a simulation, who or what programmed it and if we are not, what did I just experience and why was it such an epiphany? However, to get back to the original experience. Witnessing the dissolving of the lattice in front of my eyes was both frightening and illuminating at the same time. So do we or don’t we live in a simulation? Or is this just one of an infinite number of alternative universes and what I experienced was an overlapping glitch of sorts? What do you think?

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