Re: Virtual Worlds

Anders Sandberg (
Sat, 31 Aug 1996 21:21:47 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sat, 31 Aug 1996, David Musick wrote:

> Am I an upload, living in a virtual world?

Would an answer really help? And can we ever be sure about it?

I prefer to avoid ontological questions, but recently I have felt some
attraction to Moravec's "Platonic Materialism": information exists, and
two worlds which are indistinguishable are identical. Simulations just
opens windows to other worlds, and when they end they close. We could in a
way be *both* living in real life and in the great
"history-of-the-universe-passes-before-your-eyes" finale of the Omega

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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