[Just watched Martin Rees' video on TED Talks] He brought up the proposed (not proven) idea that the big bang and our universe is a small part of a broader scheme.. That we can't perceive and understand certain parts of our universe and origins due to dimensional restrictions. Now, I'm sure quite a few of you have had some stoner conversations about similar ideas, I know I have. I really buy into the idea. I have absolutely no evidence to back up what I'm about to propose, but... how possible (Is it more likely?) is it that our universe- it's laws, our lives, everything- is simply a synthetic, engineered system. We're like a complex bacteria, in a test tube (for lack of a more fitting term), among many other bacteria (with different "universe" settings), in an out-of-this-universe lab, in an out-of-this-universe universe. I realize I'm touching on something god-like. But, entertain the thought, if whatever evolves from humans in the billions of years to come, and our technological understanding continues to develop - which obviously would increase our understanding of life and the universe... can any of you see "us" having the ability to create synthetic (or real... I guess) universes with laws and life, etc.?