Are Ghosts and Other Phenomena Clues that We Live in the Matrix?

“Glitches in the system,” said Dr. Curry Guinn, who chairs the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina. “Deja Vu, such as in the Matrix movie when a character sees a cat crossing a doorway repeatedly, may be one glitch. Ghosts, ESP, coincidences may be others.”

A strange quote for a strange topic.

Guinn was speaking at this year’s Cucalorus Connect conference about the potential for our universe to actually be a computer simulation, within which we are all unknowing inhabitants. According to himself and fellow Professor Julian Keith of the University of North Carolina, there may in fact be clues that we live in such a Matrix, clues that manifest in the form of paranormal activity and supernatural abilities.

“The laws of physics in our universe seem peculiarly designed with a set of constants that make carbon-based life possible,” Curry said, adding, “Where are the edges?”

While Curry didn’t dwell on the comment regarding ghosts and extrasensory perception, I do find it interesting that these topics are being raised by university scientists.

In paranormal circles, the idea that ghosts may be glitches in the Matrix isn’t particularly new. It’s not unlike the idea that they may be projections from parallel universes, which I suppose could be considered a glitch, as well.

Perhaps the universe being a simulation (or like one) isn’t so strange, though. If you think about it, that may just be its nature. Perhaps the universe (or multiverse) simply works like a computer, with glitches and bugs in the ‘code’, a sort of natural computer program.

All these questions do, really, is highlight how much we’ve yet to discover.


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. My own theory is that the universe follows its own rules properly, it is we who fail to perceive it properly. The ‘glitches’ we’re talking about here are therefore static in our sensory apparatus.

    My own other theory, which is mine, is that our understanding of the rules is deficient. There are rational, consistent explanations, therefore, for the ‘glitches,’ we just don’t know what they are.

  2. Here’s the “computer simulation” problem…it’s the same as using God. Behind every unknown is the simulation/God, behind knowing everything then the question is still “simulation”. The reason for this is we only know the material universe, we are not of the material universe, we pop into it and pop out. Science only uses materialism because materialism is as far as they have explored, and computers are new so let’s explain things with our new hammer, our science is 300 years old and here we have science assuming suddenly this is a simulation? This is like a 5th grader’s philosophy/arrogance when a kid learns something new and then thinks it applies to a lot more than it does.

    The glitches…so only ghosts are glitches? The paranormal? No glitches of upside down houses, floating elephants, people back from the dead, a planet popping into our orbit and out? They once again are using a lack of knowing as explaining the unknown as a glitch, but the glitches aren’t knowns…only things we don’t really know much about. That’s lazy science.