Remember the discussion of whether reality is a simulation? I'm not sure anyone noticed my response
, which is basically that the answer to such a question is so thoroughly lacking in consequence that the the question is meaningless.
Anyway, I'm reading E.O.Wilsons Consilience, and it turns out that this Matrix fantasy wasn't even a new idea when Philip Dick came up with it in the 70s. (My favorite instance of this paranoid worldview is Dick's book Ubik.)
Quoth Wilson "Louis Agassiz, ... founding member of the Academy of Science... conceived the universe as a vision in the mind of God".