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    the simulation argument
    I'm surprised that it's not mentioned on this site.


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    abhominal     Wed, Mar 4, 2009  Permanent link
    That seems like a complicated argument to me. Are we not already in a more or less posthuman stage?
    nom the puppet     Wed, Mar 4, 2009  Permanent link
    I think by posthuman, this argument takes for granted the capacity to actually run ancestor simulations, a capacity we have only in a very limited sense. We already run simulations all the time for biological, cosmological, and social systems. The argument here assumes that our simulations become more accurate and complex as our capability to produce them becomes more powerful and efficient through technological advances, which I think is a generally modest assumption.
    nom the puppet     Sun, Mar 8, 2009  Permanent link
    The experiment to Reset the Universe

    If we are in a simulation, I think there might be some question(s) that prompts the experiment that resets the universe:

    If only we could run life-like simulations of what would be the best things we could tell ourselves in the past. How many of us would believe (in) ourselves? What would we say to our former selves? "Try harder"? "Do your best"? "Love everything"? "God exists"? I have another question: would that make you a lie if you did?

    One more: Want to find out?

    We'll need four things: A supercomputer, a time machine, the knowledge of how everything works, and a love of adventure.

    Note: If we are in a simulation and if we already know what we want to tell ourselves, then we don't even need a time machine. Regardless of whether or not fate exists, we can start "lying to ourselves" now and wait around forever until we decide to use the machine. I guess what I'm saying is if we do find out that time travel is possible, let's not be so hasty to use it. Only if and/or when we have to.