Uncommon Sense

May 28, 2020

If Reality Were a Simulation, Could It Be Possible to Alter the Past of the Simulation?

Filed under: Philosophy,Science — Steve Ruis @ 8:47 am
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I answered the question in the title of this post on Quora and I wanted to share it with you to see how you might respond to my final question (If you were an all-powerful deity, what would you do first?).

Here’s my answer to the question (slightly edited).

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Sure, the simulation is stored as files and those files can be edited or overwritten. You could even retroactively change the rules involved.

Basically, if you believe in an all-powerful deity, what we have is the equivalent of a simulation. Such a deity could have created our reality 15 minutes ago, providing each of us with false memories leading us to believe what we believe now. Would we know any better?

If I were such a deity in our current reality, here are the first things I would do. First I would uncreate Satan, the Devil, Lucifer, etc and wipe the memories of these entities and their domains from human memory. Then I would adjust human free will, leaving 99+% of it intact but removing the Will to do Evil. Nobody would be inclined to do anything evil from that point onward but we would be free to prefer vanilla over chocolate, choose Toyota over Chevy, even so far as to freely choose to put pineapple on a pizza.

There are many, many things such an all-powerful deity could do … but hasn’t, at least to our knowledge.

If you had such power, what would you do first?


  1. I would instill in man the love and appreciation for nature and other creatures we share our planet with and the desire to protect them and our entire environment from any pollution or degradation.

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    Comment by maryplumbago — May 28, 2020 @ 10:35 am | Reply

    • Bingo! I love this one. Instead of go forth and dominate, it would be “go along to get along.”

      On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 10:35 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 28, 2020 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  2. I also think your post clearly points to no god or at least not a personal one. The only other thing would be an advanced species somewhere and we are indeed a simulation and they are just playing with us to see how crazy it can get..and someday they’ll get bored an just pull the plug


    Comment by maryplumbago — May 28, 2020 @ 10:38 am | Reply

    • I can see the marketing ads now! “Humanity, beats an ant farm hugely!”

      On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 10:38 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 28, 2020 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  3. If I, as a part of the simulation, suddenly found myself in control of it, the first thing I’d want to know is, who set it up? What is its purpose? What’s the nature of the outside reality? What are our options as entities in the simulation? Depending on the answers, my next move could vary all the way from setting up a paradise, to trying to escape the simulation in some manner, to shutting the whole thing down as fast as possible.

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    Comment by SelfAwarePatterns — May 28, 2020 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  4. I’ll always remember a Star Trek NG where either Watson or Holmes and a lady escaped the holodeck simulation and the crew got them but had to simulate a full life for the two of them of endless travel, as I don’t believe they could get them back into the holodeck simulation and didn’t want to just delete them.

    It’s a vague memory I have, but it was along these lines.

    I’ve always been intrigued by the idea that we are in a simulation because “real” life could not be this crazy and messed up.


    Comment by maryplumbago — May 28, 2020 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  5. But if it’s going to be a good sim then it has to be a freely emerging genetic fractal, written by the characters.

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    Comment by john zande — May 28, 2020 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

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