Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Wed Mar 14 2001 - 12:25:54 MST

Hal Finney wrote:
>Another possible prediction is that prayer could be more likely to
>work, if we are in a simulation. It would mean that God does exist, or
>someone who largely possesses the traditional properties of omniscience,
>omnipotence and omnipresence. And we might assume that this God
>(i.e. the entity running the simulation), being human or a descendant,
>shares some of our psychology, and might therefore be motivated to aid
>or assist someone who appeals to him for help.

And of course statistics or studies in our world about how much prayer
seems to help might be misleading, if we tend to live in local
simulations where the larger world stats are made up for dramatic effect.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030-4444
703-993-2326 FAX: 703-993-2323

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