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From the Ted Talk by Zohreh Davoudi: Are we living in a simulation?

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This idea may sound like science fiction, but it has been the suecjbt of serious inquiry. Philosopher Nick Bostrom advanced a compelling argument that we’re likely living in a simulation, and some scientists also think it’s a plisiobtsiy. These scientists have started thinking about etimeenrpxal ttess to find out whether our universe is a simulation. They are hypothesizing about what the crttsianons of the simulation might be, and how those constraints could lead to detectable signs in the world. So where might we look for those glitches?

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This idea may sound like science fiction, but it has been the _______ of serious inquiry. Philosopher Nick Bostrom advanced a compelling argument that we’re likely living in a simulation, and some scientists also think it’s a ___________. These scientists have started thinking about ____________ _____ to find out whether our universe is a simulation. They are hypothesizing about what the ___________ of the simulation might be, and how those constraints could lead to detectable signs in the world. So where might we look for those glitches?

Solution

  1. experimental
  2. tests
  3. possibility
  4. subject
  5. constraints

Original Text

This idea may sound like science fiction, but it has been the subject of serious inquiry. Philosopher Nick Bostrom advanced a compelling argument that we’re likely living in a simulation, and some scientists also think it’s a possibility. These scientists have started thinking about experimental tests to find out whether our universe is a simulation. They are hypothesizing about what the constraints of the simulation might be, and how those constraints could lead to detectable signs in the world. So where might we look for those glitches?

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