There are a group of people for whom the simulation hypothesis is no longer a hypothesis. They believe with their entire beings, their whole hearts and minds, that we are indeed living in a simulation. In the mid to late 1980s, some of them, how many it is impossible to say, banded together to found a church, the Church of Simulationalism also known as the Simulationist Church. Through the process of simulational submersion (also known as transsubsimulationtiation or just transsubsimulation for short), in a sop to the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, they come to know of our “real” position in this universe as simulated beings living in a simulated world. The Simulationalists have borrowed heavily from Catholic tradition for their “faith” as you will learn if you read more on the topic. This “religion” was founded on a set of 18 core principles, their foundational maxims or Simulationist’s Creed, which are published below as the first entry in the collection. If you need some grounding or a refresher on the simulation hypothesis my (non simulationalism based) collection of writings on the topic can be found here.
This collection was prompted by an email missive I received recently from a self identified Simulationist. It had been a while since I had any contact with hard core members of the church. With the Covid-19 pandemic and so many other more pressing matters the simulation hypothesis and discussion of any aspect of it has all but disappeared across all forms of media. The church, however, has not disbanded and simulationalists still contact me from time to time to pass along interesting bits of information, most of which sound completely insane and are, of course, completely unverifiable. In any event the email asked if I would be so kind as to publish all of the various works related to the church in one place for easy reference. The email was terse but polite, and was signed simply, NB.