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Physicists devise test to see if we're living in 'The Matrix'

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German scientists say they've found a way to tell whether or not our universe is a giant computer simulation - and that there's evidence to suggest that it is. The basis of the idea is that, if the universe is a simulation, then it would have certain observable constraints. The laws of physics, which appear continuous, would have to be superimposed onto a discrete three-dimensional lattice which advances in steps of time. This lattice spacing, says Professor Silas Beane of the University of Bonn, would impose an otherwise unnecessary limit on the energy that particles can have, because nothing can exist that is smaller than the lattice itself. And, he says, precisely such a a cut-off in the spectrum of high energy particles exists: a limit to the energy of cosmic rays known as the Greisen--Zatsepin--Kuzmin (GZK) cut-off.

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The question is not whether we're in a computer si... by R A Bows on Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 5:13:39 PM
Revealed - The Capitalist Network That Runs The W... by Kyle McDermott on Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 1:18:11 PM
And they said Marx was wrong.  I wonder why?... by John Reed on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 6:51:14 AM
[T]he larger, all-encompassing order -- the layer... by Kyle McDermott on Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 11:13:58 PM
I just read your article linked above with "red pi... by John Reed on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 7:14:33 AM
I thought Douglas Adams already addressed this.... by Taylor on Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 1:53:49 PM
following the cubic arrangement of the construct, ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 7:30:42 AM