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Making famous physicists in The Sims


Hello and welcome to ‘Tibees plays the
sims’, I am your host Toby and I must confess before we start that I’ve spent
many periods of my life addicted to the sims, I hadn’t played for a while but me
justifying this video as content for my youtube channel has put me on a very
slippery slope we are playing in Strangetown today, a town for the scientifically
curious and a place where nothing is quite as it seems. I’m playing The Sims 2
because I’m old school and that’s the version of the game I spend the most
hours on. As you can tell from the title of the video I’ll be creating some
famous physicists from history in the game and simulating a few months in
their lives. I started with Einstein here I’m not very good at recreating faces
but I’m doing my best to make the face look kind of right. I’m a little
disappointed there was no crazy scientist hair but I think that what
we’ve got will do the trick. I’ve named this family the atom family
although it won’t be quite your usual nuclear family, we will have an
assortment of people from different eras and I hope that they will be able to
live harmoniously together. Einstein was apparently one of the early
trendsetters for successful people wearing the same outfit every day, he had
several variations of a classic suit so he wouldn’t have to waste time and
brainpower deciding on which outfit to wear each morning. I will try not to
waste too much of my own brainpower deciding on an appropriate wardrobe for
him. I will give him some space-time gridded pajamas though. Einstein I have
given the life aspiration of knowledge I think that makes the most sense this
will drive him to know everything there is to know about anything. It says their
lives are a simple equation, the more knowledge the higher the aspiration
meter and the longer and brainy of the life. Albert Einstein was born on March
14 1879 which is the same day as pi day since Americans would write it out as
3/14 this makes him a Pisces. The next character that I made was Carl
Sagan an American astronomer and science communicator as well as being the author
of many scientific patents Sagan co-wrote and was the host of the
original cosmos TV series which I paid homage to recently with a video. Sagan
also worked on the Pioneer Plaque and the Voyager Golden Record which were sent
out into space with the idea that they might be able to convey information to
extraterrestrial intelligence if ever found far away from home. I managed to
find the classic Sagan reddish turtleneck and brown pants. I made his
aspiration popularity just because I don’t want them to be all the same and
Sagan did do a lot of work with popularizing science and being in the
public eye. For my next trick I will create Emmy Noether perhaps not as
well-known as the last two but she made some really great contributions to
theoretical physics and mathematics you don’t usually learn about noether’s
theorem until you are deep into studying physics at university but it explains
the relationship between symmetry and conservation laws.
It’s a beautiful theory which finds symmetry and form and seemingly messy
physics. Her aspiration is knowledge something that in real life she pursued
despite many difficulties, she worked without pay for many years because at
the time women were largely excluded from academic positions.
Next up the Richard Feynman a bit of a controversial figure but definitely one
of the most famous physicists. He received a Nobel Prize for his work on
quantum electrodynamics, authored some popular books and gave great lectures
many of which are transcribed online for free. The Feynman lectures on physics
are a good resource for all physics students wanting to learn. I think I did
the worst job on making Feynman look like the real thing I wanted to capture
that he seemed quite tanned but I couldn’t quite
get the hair and face right. After deliberating on the everyday suits for a
while I went with a light tucked in shirt. I made Feynman’s aspiration pleasure, of
course he also pusues knowledge but I think he has a famous quote about doing
physics for the pleasure it brings. For a cute addition we have Schroedie the cat
modeled on Irwin Schroedinger. Some of you would have seen my post this week
about losing my own cat Ketchup after he was hit by a car and I am still quite
sad about that but I guess I take some comfort in the fact that he will live on
through the videos that he was in and the fact that so many people knew him
and loved him. Last but not least we have someone who isn’t actually a physicist
or a scientist he was a painter, it’s Bob Ross, friend of the channel. Bob and his
afro are famous for the joy of painting television series from the 80s and is
the inspiration for my joy of mathematics chalkboard series. I wanted
to add him in to give a bit of a different perspective. I’ve also made his
aspiration pleasure it seems like he paints for the pure joy it brings and he
can find happiness and beauty in any landscape. He was born in 1942 the latest
of everyone that I’ve made in fact in 1942
all of the others were still alive except for Emmy Noether
who died a few years prior in 1935 but all the physicists involved here were
actually alive for overlapping periods of time. And so that’s our family let’s
move them into the house that I’ve already built for them I’ll show you
around in a second but first let’s look at our characters aspirations and wants in
life. It is kind of sweet to see that the common fear that they all hold above
anything happening to each other, above their own death or misfortune is the
persistent fear that anything bad will happen to Schroedie. As you enter the
house take off your coat and hat and place it on the coat rack, downstairs
we have a kitchen or workshop and study space including a statue in honor of
Newton’s apple, a pendulum clock to inspire thoughts about the nature of
time and some quantum wave snapshots depicted on the walls. We also have a
globe and a chess set. Up a level we have all the bedrooms
with carpet chosen to suit the personalities of each occupant, a nook
for Schrodie and a library at the front with reading chairs that look out to
the big glass doors. On the top level we have a breakout room with easels, a drum
set, a fish tank and gym equipment. There might not be much time to come up here though between working on important discoveries. Outside I have placed
telescopes and a camera for astrophotography, these are dwarfed by
the radio dishes next door which belonged to SETI and aid in their search
for extraterrestrial intelligence. We have a fountain of knowledge and a small
garden. Outside we also have the lab filled with state-of-the-art equipment
and includes a small cleanroom for delicate fabrication. Features of the lab
include a scanning electron microscope, a transmission electron microscope, an
atomic force microscope, a single photon emitter and several laser experiments.
Behind the lab we have a small enclosure with specimens from ongoing biological
experiments. Now the first few weeks in the house were great, the library was
well used as it was stocked with the best scientific journals and books, we
have early copies of Newton’s Principia and Euclid’s elements. Things were
harmonious, people played games together, ate meals together, here is Feynman
planting some hydroponic crops in the lab and working on some important
manuscrip- oh never mind. While the others worked on science Bob spent his
time in the loft painting, he was happy and produced several fantastic
landscapes. Some uninvited guests arrived and brought their pets
who destroyed several precious and irreplaceable items. The workspaces
inside provided a great place to be creative, improve mechanical skills and
put ideas to the test. Sagan spent a bit of his time hiding in
the front garden at the bubble fountain but also a lot of time looking up at the
skies and wondering about his place in the universe. Nights were peaceful and
mealtimes were filled with intellectually stimulating discussions.
The scientists enjoyed working together but there was also a healthy amount of
competition as there always is in academia. Einstein found great
inspiration in the house and began to question some of Newton’s work on
gravitation. We had our first major hiccup when Emmy was killed by the
plant in the backyard, that was tragic and unexpected.
Luckily the scientists had been working on a resurrection device and Emmy was
brought back from the dead. She wasn’t unaffected though she gained
a new perspective on life. The concept of beauty had always been important to her
and her work but in her second chance at life she couldn’t help but appreciate
the beauty of life itself and wished that others could see it too. One other
in the house could, it was Bob and he and Emmy formed a close friendship. They
bonded over discussions about the nature of symmetry and color combining, they
agreed that in life there were no mistakes just happy accidents. Inevitably
the kitchen caught fire one night and I regretted my forgetfulness in regards to
installing sprinklers. Emmy got a job at the local uni as she felt it was
important to give back. Feynman also got a job at in a local law firm where his
intelligence saw him quickly promoted. He was pretty cheeky, putting soap in
the fountain one day just to cause some chaos. Schrodie was also learning a lot,
he was taught about the famous Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment and
taught to play dead for the purpose of illustration. Sagan landed several
television contracts and spent time at the mirror practicing his public
speaking abilities. One night Sagan took a photo of the
dishes next door and hung it up in the hallway with the title Pale Blue Dish. Bob
asked to paint a portrait of Emmy. Nobody knew it at the time but that night was the last time there was ever peace in the house or at least for a while. Einstein had
failed to show up for dinner, nobody thought much of it assuming that he had
got stuck with work in the lab and would come in soon. In fact Einstein was in the
front yard digging with a shovel. He couldn’t explain why but something had
just come over him, an uncontrollable and unexplainable urge to dig. Deep
underground he found a scroll of paper it was tattered but he could make out
some handwriting quite similar to his own it was a note dated exactly one year
prior to the current date. Some words were torn but what he could make out
said ‘you’ve been here before…it repeats… a simulation…’ at first he didn’t know
what to make of the note which he put away in the lab but then it began to
make sense. He studied simulation theories, time
loops and quantum computing and began to understand why he had been unable to
shake a feeling of deja vu, why he had so many times walked into a room and then
forgotten what he came for and left empty-handed. He had figured out as other
versions of him had several times before that he was indeed living inside a
simulation. He meditated on the idea but decided not to tell anyone else in the
house. What good could that cause, to shake their worldview to the core and leave
them questioning their sense of self? No it was best to let them be happy even if
their quest to find truth and science would never lead them to the real truth
just to the rules of their programmed universe. Einstein was a clever man but
not clever enough to hide the note, for days later Feynman approached him with a
very aggressive temper “why didn’t you tell us?!” he shouted.
Einstein realized his mistake in being careless with his possessions.
“because it doesn’t matter” he calmly replied.
“doesn’t matter? Nothing matters more than this!” shouted Feynman.
Feynman next confronted Sagan, he told Sagan “I know why you’re having so much
trouble figuring out what’s beyond those dishes, it’s because that area hasn’t
been loaded yet!”
Sagan looked up at the sky and considered this, in the end he
had to believe it for it would solve the Fermi paradox which had been plaguing
his mind. Feynman wrote a series of dishevelled blog posts after the top
scientific journals rejected his papers trying to publish the truth. He was
dismissed as a crackpot. In rage he got to work on a neural device that he would
wear which could block any attempts to control his free will, to block any
commands originating outside of his own mind. The device worked for a bit, he was
able to resist the urges to sleep or eat or go to the toilet, he was free but
deeply unhappy. He fell asleep standing in the bathroom refusing the desire to
sleep in the bed as an attempt to break the simulation. As his limbs wobbled all
night precariously tipping him but never enough to fall, Feynman held on to sanity
with only the weakest of grips. On the computer whilst posting another
blog post about his device he noticed a game that he used to enjoy playing, he
opened it up just to imagine what it would be like to control characters in a
game, he wanted the best for his characters and did what he could to see
them win and thrive. Maybe Einstein had a point after all, maybe it didn’t matter.
Since realising the truth and resisting he had seen the darkest days he had
known. He at least owed him an apology. Feynman found Einstein in a place he’d
never been, the upstairs loft. Einstein in recent days had stopped doing
science and taken up an interest in painting he had looked around at his
housemates and noticed that the only one who seemed truly happy was Bob. Happily
painting simple pleasures he was unaffected by the simulation rumors
since his self-worth did not depend on knowing the truth but rather on
appreciating his reality however constructed it might be. Somewhat
hesitantly and still in his pyjamas Feynman took a seat at the drumset and
began to play, the rhythm took over his body and somehow he already knew how to play. It puzzled him how a song he didn’t know could come out of his playing. He
caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror and realized that life loses
meaning when you are looking too hard for an explanation, so he just accepted
it and danced along.

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100 thoughts on “Making famous physicists in The Sims

  1. 0:00 – 6:00 Making my sims, 6:00 – 8:04 Moving in & house tour, 8:04 – 11:17 Living happily, 11:17 – Existential crises.

  2. This was brilliant 😀 (also not gonna lie my first thought when Einstein was digging was that he'd murdered someone)

  3. Happiness is readily available to each and every one of us.
    All too often, the thing keeping us from finding that happiness is ourselves.

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    MA'AM CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST ME BEST BOOKS OF ASTRONOMY (COSMOLOGY) for A to Z concept??? 😥😥😥please ma'am!!!!

  5. RIP Ketchup. I remember messaging my boyfriend and sending him the first video Ketchup was in and telling him we should get a cat just like that one day, because for some reason just the thought of a reddish orange cat named Ketchup was so cute to me it made my day, and it still brings me joy to remember. I know how much it stings to lose a feline friend, but remember in string theory time exists eternally, and Ketchup is still with us. Just inaccessible at the moment, for we are prisoners of the present.

  6. Thank you Tibees for your videos. Not only are you a fantastic story teller, but also your smooth voice is so magnificent, it should replace Apple’s Siri.

  7. I wondered what this was about at the start, The SimsII?, what relevance could this have?
    Turns out the Sim characters quickly got to the most important existential questions.
    Very relevant.
    Bloody brilliant idea Toby. 
    Now tell us, did any of the Sim characters resolve the question? Are we in a simulation or not? LOL
    You have also included many references to real life. Most amusing.
    I agree with Feynman, the truth is always better than a fiction designed for convenience.
    Feynman wearing a tin foil hat. lol And his recognition that freedom of the mind doesn't seem to include simple imperatives like breathing. Even if we consider that we have free will we still need to breathe.
    Very deep Toby

  8. 7:46 Hm, yes, here we have the laboratory, then behind it, we have a cow going through ETERNAL TORMENT, and the library is being well-used c:

  9. ,,The only one who seemed truly happy was Bob…. since his self-worth did not depend on knowing the truth…" (about reality)
    It hits too close to home

  10. You manage to make words more designed than developed. I double the first sceene and then I would take charge of the developement and just hide the common parts and make the scenes more developing against a plot teaching is designing script youtube games channels are more developments of plots I didnt watch enough to be generous also don't tell show a kindergardener could pull more sincerity than this take it back and try again

  11. This got me thinking that it might just be that we all live in a computer simulation created by some super sentient being with a huge computing power.

  12. "Oh, a Tibees sims video, that'll be great to sleep on"
    Ends up wide awake in bed, inexplicably teary eyed, mind racing with beautiful possibilities

    Now that's a sims video! You're such a storyteller. Loved all the personalities. Your brain is a pretty cool place, thanks for sharing.

  13. That is so deep, Toby! I couldn't have imagined such a brilliant, entertaining and meaningful plot! Also I love Sims, but I didn't know that someone can make such an interesting and unique story out of the game! Thank you! Hope to see more!

  14. I literally just started playing the Sims 2 again for nostalgia, so this is certainly a welcome coincidence. Love the story btw, your creativity is something to be admired.

  15. I didn't want to name my cat Shrodinger or Shrody, because I think that's too commonly used, so I named him Erwin instead. He is very loving and very fat. I love your videos. You are amazing.

  16. "My name is Tibees and I must Confess I have spent many periods of my life addicted to the Sims" LMAOOO XD I Love your Honesty! Thank you Tibees <3

  17. Wow! That was deep. You gave me a whole new perspective on the Sims, I want to go back and play again. Those stories were so good! Maybe your best video yet.

  18. Plz recommend graduation and post graduation level world class book on objective typed question bank in mathematics and physics

  19. Playing with dolls on a higher level. This video is combination of my three most favourite words: science, philosophy and childhood. I love it! 🙂

  20. Is it strange for me to compare Tibees to the human manifestation of a cup of warm chicken noodle soup on a cold winters day?

  21. Nice video! I’ve recently been thinking about majoring in physics next year and I’m wondering, does physics study the possibility of consciousness and if so what branch? Biophysics? Quantum physics?

  22. The Sims is for women as first person shooters is for men.

    Edit: one of my cats was hit by a car, too. I've had many cats and that was the friendlies cat of them all. I felt numb that day.

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