Re: Fwd: Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: Nick Bostrom (
Date: Thu Mar 15 2001 - 15:30:57 MST

Anders wrote:

>If I would simulate history to find out what could have happened, I
>would not just run a single simulation - if my re-run of WWII ended
>with an axis victory, that could have been a statistical fluke. So I
>would run as many versions as possible with slightly different initial
>conditions so I could get good statistics. So if you think you live in
>an universe run by someone researching like me, expect to exist in a
>lot of slightly different versions.

And conversely, unless you think that you currently live in a simulation,
then you can be sure that Anders will never run lots of ancestor-simulations.

Nick Bostrom
Department of Philosophy
Yale University

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