Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. Sir Arthur Eddington
Is our universe a simulation?
It is a pointless question. This does not help the bigger question: Who or what is simulating the simulators? As you can see this hypothesis just complicates the picture.
Now there is another question: is our universe real?
What is “real”?
As we know by now there are no “hard” objects in this universe.
All is just unpredictable clouds of “energy”.
What is this energy? Do we know?
Our universe is just INFORMATION. Everything we are able to see or detect is just information changing and developing according to some algorithm.
Who or what created this algorithm?
The moment we ask “who”, we destroy any possible answer because the question leads to “nested” questions without an end.
Whatever it is our universe (or multiverse) is the only reality. There is no city of Zion. Matrix is our only reality.
Where does it came from, this reality? Anybody can guess. Even if the Big Bang happened, nobody knows how and why.
There has got to be a reason and right conditions for any action.
Despite the scientific progress human knowledge of the universe if minuscule, about 0.01%
Dark matter, dark energy-scientists call it “dark” because they have no clue what it is.
Our telescopes can see the distant objects in our universe billions of light years away.
Yes. But we see a distant past and scientists can just guess how these objects look now (if they still exist).
So here is just a crazy guess.
There was no causality before our universe. So maybe the universe appeared here in order to create the universe? To pull itself into existence by its boot straps...a snake swallowing it's tail.
After I wrote this I stumbled on a post about Stephen Hawking's new book.
The realization that time can behave like another direction of space means one can get rid of the problem of time having a beginning, in a similar way in which we got rid of the edge of the world. Suppose the beginning of the universe was like the South Pole of the earth, with degrees of latitude playing the role of time. As one moves north, the circles of constant latitude, representing the size of the universe, would expand. The universe would start as a point at the South Pole, but the South Pole is much like any other point. To ask what happened before the beginning of the universe would become a meaningless question, because there is nothing south of the South Pole. In this picture space-time has no boundary—the same laws of nature hold at the South Pole as in other places (pp. 134-5).
"The idea that being could arise without a cause from non-being seems metaphysically absurd."