We live in an unbreakable simulation: a mathematical proof.

Ac­tu­ally, the ti­tle is a sen­sa­tion­al­ist lie de­signed to at­tract at­ten­tion. I have no proof. Ob­vi­ously. I’m not a math­e­mat­i­cian. But if I did, it would go some­thing like the fol­low­ing.

Step 1: As­sume that there are ul­ti­mate laws of physics gov­ern­ing ev­ery­thing in the world. Say, the wave func­tion of the Uni­verse, whose knowl­edge al­lows one to know the Mul­ti­verse, as it was, is or will be. Or some other set of laws.

Step 2: Write these laws as a math­e­mat­i­cally con­sis­tent for­mal sys­tem rep­re­sent­ing some­thing akin to the Teg­mark Level IV Ul­ti­mate en­sem­ble.

Step 3: By Godel’s in­com­plete­ness, there are some the­o­rems in this for­mal sys­tem that can­not be proven.

Step 4: By con­struc­tion, these the­o­rems cor­re­spond to phys­i­cal laws whose ori­gins must for­ever re­main a mys­tery to those in­side the Mul­ti­verse, be­cause they are a part of it.

Step 5: The con­sis­tency of our Mul­ti­verse can be proven in a for­mal sys­tem which de­scribes phys­i­cal laws of a larger world, in which our Mul­ti­verse is a small part of, es­sen­tially a simu­la­tion.

Step 6: Since we can­not de­ter­mine the ori­gins of our own physics, we can­not figure out a way to break out of our simu­la­tion.

On the bright side, there is a Corol­lary: Every level above us is also a simu­la­tion, so we are not alone!