G. P. wrote:
>Thanks Nick for this idea, one of the most interesting I have seen
>Yours is the best demonstration of the existence of a "Christian God",
>a potentially capricious being who runs the universe from the outside
>and may be interested in the beings within his universe. Another way
>to state the conclusions is that, given the assumptions, the
>probability that I live in a universe created and run by a god is very
That would be misleading, unless you count among the assumption the
negation of the other two possible conclusions one can draw from the argument.
>Perhaps the argument can be made even stronger by replacing "humans"
>by "beings". So in order to refute the conclusion we would have to
>assume that no sentient race ever develops the resources to run
>simulations containing conscious beings, or that all sentient races
>that have developed this resources choose not to exploit them.
There could be a very small fraction of races that are running
ancestor-simulations without us having to think that we are living in a
>Perhaps the mathematics of the proof does not work if you allow an
>infinite number of conscious beings. This would be the case, for
>example, if you do not assume that there is a bottom level of reality.
If there is no bottom then everybody is living in a simulation.
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