Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Are we living in a simulation?

John Tierney in the NYT:

"Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else’s hobby. I hadn’t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims. "

"But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation."


Hmmm... What if quantum uncertainty is the result of trying to sample beyond the resolution of the game... i.e., the point at which rules fail to work due to some underlying discreteness in the simulation.

via Boing Boing, 3QD, et al.,


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