Re: New website: The Simulation Argument

From: Nick Bostrom (
Date: Sun Dec 02 2001 - 11:41:00 MST

Damien Broderick wrote:

>At 10:38 PM 12/1/01 -0500, Nick wrote:
> >It follows that the
> > transhumanist dogma that there is a significant chance that we
>will one day
> > become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless
>we are
> > currently living in a simulation.
>But that is *not* a `dogma'--an obligatory tenet of an
>authoritative/authoritarian belief system. It's an opinion or hunch, one
>held as being of high probability by many transhumanists.

I'm being slightly provocative :-) I will think about changing that term in
a future version, but the main point is that this commonly held belief
among transhumanists is false.

Nick Bostrom
Department of Philosophy, Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520 | Phone: (203) 432-1663 | Fax: (203) 432-7950

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