Last Thursdayism Theory


Lori Belmont, Staff Writer

Bertrand Russell was the first known person to bring up the idea of the world not being created millions of years ago in 1921. Russell stated “There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population that “remembered” a wholly unreal past. There is no logically necessary connection between events at different times; therefore nothing that is happening now or will happen in the future can disprove the hypothesis that the world began five minutes ago.” 

This article will not just be talking about theories of the universe being created recently but will be focusing on one theory- Last Thursdayism.

Last Thursdayism is the theory that everything in the universe was created last Thursday. All animals, plants, planets, and objects are said to be created last Thursday in Last Thursdayism. You might think this theory is crazy and impossible but it can’t be unproven. You could try to use a picture from before last Thursday to prove Last Thursdayism is false but Last Thursdayism would just say that the picture (And everything else in the universe) was created last Thursday. All the proof that you would think that you would have against Last Thursdayism and be unproven using Last Thursdayism itself and that’s what makes it so interesting.

You can still believe that Last Thursdayism isn’t real but it is still a theory that cannot be unproven.