QR1.3.2. A Prima Facie Case

Despite the physical evidence to the contrary, physicists seem to just know that our physical world isn’t a virtual reality, e.g. Stephen Hawking understands the possibility when he says:

But maybe we are all linked in to a giant computer simulation that sends a signal of pain when we send a motor signal to swing an imaginary foot at an imaginary stone. Maybe we are characters in a computer game played by aliens.” in (Vacca, 2005) p131

but then his next sentence is “Joking apart…”. Since quantum theory in effect says that the physical world is output on demand, why is virtualism inevitably a joke? Is this option dismissed out of hand based on the belief that the world we see is real in itself or is it just a response to the fantasy movie The Matrix?

Discussions of virtualism in academic circles are disappointing in their naivety, e.g. in the 2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate “Is the Universe a Simulation?“, experts repeatedly attack the naïve physical virtualism of The Matrix movie, even though they know that quantum events create physical events in quantum theory in physically impossible ways. The obvious conclusion is that non-physical quantum waves create physical events, but instead they attack a straw man based on a fantasy movie. Quantum realism, that real quantum events create the physical world as a virtual reality, isn’t even addressed

In an objective reality time doesn’t dilate, space doesn’t bend, objects don’t teleport, empty space is empty and universes don’t pop out of nowhere. No-one would doubt that the physical world was objectively real – if only it behaved so. Even so, a few facts are not enough for a scientific conclusion. But they do present a prima facie case, of circumstantial evidence that a court would consider enough to warrant further investigation. What has been presented is not proof but it is evidence that there is a case to answer that is worth looking at.

The rest of this book aims to do just that. Using the method of reverse engineering, it develops a picture of how quantum processing creates physical events based on our knowledge of both. The desired result is a prediction that contradicts current theory and is testable by experiment.