> I'm willing to believe that the chances are very small
> that any one simulation will be continued all the way
> until our simulated world began large simulations of
> its own.
Hmmmm, what if the purpose of the experiment is to see
how many ways civilizations can crash and burn when
the singularity hits? Or, on average, what is the
probability that a civilization will even make it
to the singularity? Or, what conditions precisely,
cause civilizations to choose "relinquishment"?
What fraction of post-human civilizations choose
the "moral" set of Sys-op rules for their own
sub-civilizations at the expense of a sub-optimal
exploration of the phase space of the possible
paths civilizations might follow?
These questions to me suggest lots of reasons that civilizations
are run up-to and through the sub-civilization simulation stages.
You have to keep in mind an MBrain can run the entire
mental thought capacity of "humanity" from the dawn
of Homo erectus until now in a few microseconds.
You can run many instances of the entire history of
humanity from the beginning to the end without much trouble.
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