An NYU Philosophy Prof Is Convinced, After Last Night's Oscar Mix-Up, That We're Living In A Matrix

Submitted by: fancylad 3 months ago in Weird

I love conspiracies as much as the next IABer -- I mean I thrive on them. From classics like Area 51 and Bigfoot to the Illuminati, Stonehenge, and the Egyptian pyramids -- I love them all, if only for entertainment purposes.

So it's no surprise that this article that was published today in the New Yorker caught my eye. New York University philosopher professor David Chalmers is convinced we live in a Matrix-like computer simulation. He believes there's a glitch of some sort of in the simulator though, or maybe not a glitch, but possibly someone reckless at the wheel -- a mischievous chaos-loving Loki if you will.

He cites the recent rash of unexpected outcomes such as Trump winning the election, the Patriots coming from behind in the final minutes and winning the Super Bowl, and most recently, Moonlight literally snatching the Oscar from the grasp of La La Land in an unexpected victory.

This is not a new theory -- lots of people have tossed the idea out there -- mostly stoned bros with blogs, and Elon Musk.

Anyhoo, if this is true, that means there must be a way to hack into the system. Let's get on this, IAB -- there has to be one of us smart enough to crack the code.
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Male 5,183
ytilaer ruoy si noitpecrep yM
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Male 2,486
Just want to voice my opinion that Adam Gopnik, the author of this piece, is my favorite of the New Yorker staff writers. He's been turning in superb stories for 30 years. He's an amazing talent.
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Teams come from behind all the time in sports. As do fuck-ups at presentation events. It's pretty weaksauce.
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Male 8,132
barry9a Hmmmmm. Well, I do agree that comebacks happen all the time in sports, but......

Here are some stats.

Super Bowl comeback
The patriots came back from a 25 point deficit.
In NFL playoff history only 7 teams have come back from 25+ point deficits.
Assuming that just means super bowl era, that means out of 550+ games, it has happened 1.2% of the time.
Up until this year the biggest super bowl comeback of all time was 10 points. Playing 50 games and having 10 points be the biggest comeback deficit and then having one 250% as big is kind of astounding.

NBA Comeback
The Cleveland Cavaliers came back from down 3-1 to win the NBA finals.
In NBA playoff history that has only happened 11 times.
That means out of 700+ playoff series, it has only happened 1.5% of the time.
Up until this year it had never happened in the finals. Playing 67 NBA Finals series and never having it happen is kind of astounding.

World Series Comeback
The Cubs came back from down 3-1 to win the world series.
Since 1925, it has only happened 6 times out of 89 7 game World Series.
That is a 6.7% chance.

Now let's say:
The odds of coming back from down more than 10 to win a superbowl is 1 in 51 
The odds of coming back from down 3-1 to win an NBA Finals is 1 in 67
The odds of coming back from down 3-1 to win a World Series is 6 in 89

The odds of doing all 3 in one sporting year is .0019%.

Now it might not mean anything other than crazy weird, but don't downplay how crazy weird it is.
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Male 20,196
holygod Great fact finding.
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Male 1,226
holygod Nice stats! 
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Male 1,822
i farted and made an alternate reality.... you want proof well. is possiblility enough proof.. 
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Male 2,090
There is a way to hack the system.  Like they say, where there is a will, there is a way.
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Male 5,183
   I accidentally hit a few keys and it stared typing backwards but I cant find the proper set now
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Male 77
˙uʍop ǝpısdn ǝʇıɹʍ puɐ ʎʇıןɐǝɹ dɹɐʍ oʇ ɹǝʍod ǝɥʇ ǝʌɐɥ ı ˙oǝu ɯɐ ı
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Male 2,486
jeanrenaud Ish berry impressive. But can you raid a birdfeeder upside down?

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Male 5,183
squrlz4ever But can you do it with one hand /paw tied behind your back? :-) Helps if you have 3
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Male 1,822
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Male 1,822
rumham the bird telling squirrel about gravitational waves
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Male 2,486
rumham Possibly. From long experience with chickadees, i think it's more like, "Hey there. You gonna eat all that?"
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Male 2,606
IDK, if the world was always predictable wouldnt that be a glitch? I think the glitch would be if everything went according to plan. 
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Male 5,183
skypirate In a perfect world that would be true but perfect worlds always crash. Whole crops are lost. Humans need strife, conflict and suffering to survive. It is the imperfections that keep the world program running
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Male 2,606
thezigrat Right? And these guys are saying that these events are glitches cause they didnt go according to plan. Maybe perfection needs a little chaos and this is the perfect simulator or these are glitches and we've all been forced in to a beta test or this is actually real. I really dont know and I understand I cant control it...or maybe I can...who knows, but its fun to think about. 
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Male 5,183
"Reality is merely one's perception
change your perception change your reality"
A Cephalotripod axiom
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Male 5,183
Reality is constructed just before you experience it. For example the next room does not exist until you see and experience it. Out side your front door exists only what you can actually see from your window., or open door. And as you no longer experience it Reality is deconstructed.
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Male 37,888
Don't forget the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series... 
A sure sign of the Apocalypse if there ever was one!
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Male 20,196
5cats Ohhh yeah, forgot about that crazy one. And what about the Warriors, with a near-perfect season, leading the finals 3-1, then losing 3 straight. NO ONE saw that one coming.
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Male 5,183
5cats That's what I was thinking
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Male 1,822
thezigrat yeah but the penguins won the stanley cup so this matrix is badass
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