Re: Recreating people [was: renaissance people]

From: Dan Adams (
Date: Mon May 15 2000 - 12:58:55 MDT

--- "Robert J. Bradbury" <> wrote:
> Time travel, multiverses, quantum computers are
> *all* in the realm
> of magic physics from my perspective. Given our
> current understanding,
> the probability that they could be "managed" by us
> is highly
> doubtful. On the other hand if they do become
> "manageable"
> they probably increase the likelyhood that we are
> all running
> on a simulation.

All of these concepts (with the possible exception of
time travel which I take to mean in the opposite
direction) are fully amenable to scientific
understanding - and, I realize you're arguing a
pragmatic point, not that. What I must say to this
however is that the whole concept of being or
not-being in a simulation will become quite
meaningless over the next century. It will be thrown
out with the bathwater of "objective reality." A
structure is a structure is a structure...if it walks
like a cosmos and talks like a cosmos..well, then...

Dan Adams
Boston College

"I cannot articulate enough to express my dislike to people who think that understanding spoils your experience...How would they know?"
   - Marvin Minsky

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