Moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the museum’s Hayden Planetarium, put the odds at 50-50 that our entire existence is a program on someone else’s hard drive. “I think the likelihood may be very high,” he said…Somewhere out there could be a being whose intelligence is that much greater than our own. “We would be drooling, blithering idiots in their presence,” he said. “If that’s the case, it is easy for me to imagine that everything in our lives is just a creation of some other entity for their entertainment.”
Tyson’s comment “it is easy for me to imagine that everything in our lives is just a creation of some other entity for their entertainment” compares well with a comment I made here:
Life is deadly serious to us and living things because it’s our life, but if God made them, they might not be much more to him than the toys characters in our video games or what Rube Goldberg machines are to us.
and newton’s response
Human suffering is just entertainment for this God of yours,Sal? Nice.
So, what Tyson says is comparable to what I’ve said about this universe being something that God constructs and destroys for his amusement and delight, not ours. The main difference is Tyson’s view of the “creator” is anti-Christian. Even though he might characterize the “creators” as a non-deity, they have an equivalent skill set as far as we are concerned.
Also from the same Scientific American article:
But some were more contemplative, saying the possibility raises some weighty spiritual questions. “If the simulation hypothesis is valid then we open the door to eternal life and resurrection and things that formally have been discussed in the realm of religion,” Gates suggested.
This is the ID theory akin to Hoyle and Tipler and Barrow.
Tipler outlined these same ideas decades ago in the book, Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology and the Resurrection of the Dead.
Tipler became an ID proponent of sorts as a consequence of his research.