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Is the simulation playing with us? Scott Adams (although not exclusively) speculates that we live in a simulation in which we are all characters operating under the direction of a program. As a character within the simulation, we cannot comprehend our existence as program objects but for our ability to notice some events occurring that seem inexplicable other than as humor on the part of the system operating the simulation. (A humorist such as Adams would find this theory quite appealing.)
There are two events occurring in a suitably compressed time period to make one wonder whether this is the simulation winking at us yet again:
1. Tony Chung, a Hong Kong activist in holding the Chinese Communist Party to its promises made to Great Britain in exchange for it relinquishing Hong Kong to China, was sentenced to 43 months in prison.
In the accuser’s eyes both men are seditious, and yet their imprisonment never cites sedition. Instead, they are made examples of by the powers that be with a stiff enough penalty to send a message to others without stirring up effectual outrage on their behalves.
Coincidence, or the simulation? You decide.Published in