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What If There Is No Reality—and This Is All a Bad Netflix Series?

We’re inside a show about a clownish president, a steely prosecutor and a murky scandal. A couple of years ago, Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a debate at the Hayden Planetarium in New York on the hypothesis that our universe might be a Matrix-like computer simulation designed by a superior civilization. (Conclusion: Unknowable, but not disprovable. Whether our awareness of this possibility was evidence against it — can characters in a video game become self-conscious? — also proved to be a circular conundrum.
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