This is today's hot philosophical topic. This which sounded like a something only sci-fi authors could imagine is gaining acceptance even among bona-fide scientists. The real opening though is toward the eternal question of the meaning of life. The meaning of life is something more personal. Many need some sort of God to give their life meaning... others need to be part of a simulation! Others still combine the two: God has created a simulation-like, holographic reality for us to evolve in.
Before I get into why this important to our accomplishments here on Earth, let me review in detail the simulation and hologram theories.
Clara Moskowitz, a writer for Scientific American, wrote a blog post in April relating to this theme. The post exposes pros and cons of the theory in a concise way and is interesting reading. She cited Max Tegmark, a cosmologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) saying: “If I were a character in a computer game, I would also discover eventually that the rules seemed completely rigid and mathematical. That just reflects the computer code in which it was written” to illustrated the fact that the mathematical nature of the universe could be considered suspect to describe "reality" if it weren't a simulation.
The very successful entrepreneur Elon Musk makes an good argument for the simulation theory. In the video, he says: "Forty years ago, we had pong, like 2 rectangles and a dot. That was what games were. Now, 40 years later we have photorealistic 3-D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and its getting better every year. Soon we will have virtual reality, augmented reality... If you assume ANY rate of improvement at all, the games WILL become indistinguishable from reality." Elon Musk goes on ta argue that given that these games could be played by billions of computers, the odds that we are in such a game is 1 in billions.
The hologram theory is well explained in a Scientific American video post by Michael Moyer.
In "Busting Loose from the Money Game", self-help coach Robert Scheinfeld has been saying that we live in a hologram since 2006.
Physical existence or Simulated reality... What does it change for us?
Robert Scheinfeld has added a secret sauce: YOU can act on the code. He says how in his many writing and videos. The trick is to get around the notion of who you are, and what your power is. The understanding is that if we are in a hologram, or an illusion, or a simulation as in "The Matrix", then there must be a player out there player the game. And that player has access to the whole game, not just the small part you as the computer being has. The "you", the computer being, and "You", the "real" player, can communicate and create a more fun and successful outcome for all.
By the way, this idea of multiple selfs has been around for hundreds of years (if indeed time works that way). The ancient priest such as the Kahunas of Hawaï believed in the Au Makua, the Higher Self. Almost every religion mentions some part of our being that never dies. Could this be the original physical player on one of the billions of computers mentioned by Elon Musk?