A long-proposed thought experiment, put forward by both philosophers and popular culture, points out that any civilisation of sufficient size and intelligence would eventually create a simulation universe if such a thing were possible.
And since there would therefore be many more simulations (within simulations, within simulations) than real universes, it is therefore more likely than not that our world is artificial.
Now a team of researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany led by Silas Beane say they have evidence this may be true.
Thank you “scientists” for providing a “rational” explanation to the universe that isn’t silly at all. Now we can put that whole God thing to rest once and for all.
Really, though, how this is scientific but theism is not is beyond me. If by “artificial” you mean that somebody made it and you replace “any civilisation of sufficient size and intelligence” with “one omnipotent and omniscient person” then this supposed scientific breakthrough just provided evidence for the possible existence of God. Actually, German Physicists, Christianity beat you to it on this one; to many Christian philosophers like C.S. Lewis for example our physical reality really is more like a “simulation” being less real than the unseen spiritual reality. It is the spiritual reality that gave birth to the lesser physical reality. Any scientific evidence suggesting that the physical world is something more like a “simulation” (and therefore suggesting that there is a greater, transcendent reality) actually fits quite perfectly into the Christian narrative.
Except that “God created us” makes a lot more sense to me than “we’re all code in a massive computer program developed by a incomprehensibly advanced civilization that we can’t see, touch, hear or in any other way detect.” Occam’s razor, people.