The American astrophysicist and the host of the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Neil deGrasse Tyson, thinks that aliens might have created the world just for the sake of their entertainment. He expressed these views during a debate about the philosophy of universe formation, on the Earth’s Day at the Hayden Planetarium.
“If aliens far more advanced than human simulated the universe, they may think of our race as primitive, slow-witted animals,” said Tyson, as reported by Ballinger Ledger. “And if that’s the case, it is easy for me to imagine that everything in our lives is just the creation of some other entity for their entertainment.”
The 57-year-old physicist also added that the occurrence of the Cosmos event might have given the power to some alien civilization to perform the feat and thus create a virtual reality universe for the human beings.
“To add an extra layer of confusion to the idea, it may be possible that members of virtual civilizations may, in turn, create their own simulated Cosmos,” said Neil, as reported by Wired. “If this is the case, there may be an infinite number of virtual universes and only one real one.”
Tyson also said that the theory debated over the past few decades about the formation of the universe holds truth. “What may have started as a science fiction speculation that perhaps the universe as we know it is actually a computer simulation has become a serious line of theoretical and experimental investigation among physicists, astrophysicists, and philosophers,” said Neil, as reported by The Inquisitr.
But of the physicists of the discussion panel, Lisa Randall shared different views on Tyson’s statements. Lisa said that the possibility of the universe being a part of the simulation is unacceptable and that our universe is absolutely real.
“The chances that the universe is not real with physical manifestations are so small that they are effectively zero,” said Lisa, as reported by Tech Times. Randall also reiterated the principles of Descartes, scientists, mathematicians, philosophers and said that the universe is absolutely genuine, not a creation of some alien world.
On the other hand, most of the cosmologists and philosophers, who were part of the debate, agreed with Neil’s point and said that it is impossible to prove absolutely that our universe is real and not a simulation.