Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: Steve Nichols (
Date: Thu Mar 15 2001 - 11:15:22 MST

Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 14:55:55 -0500
From: Nick Bostrom <>
Subject: Re: How To Live In A Simulation

>How do you know that there is suffering? If you are unhappy right now, I
>grant that you know it. But if not, then your memories of suffering could
>be fake.

Even the present could be *fake* since we are in some degree
of trance permenantly. I can induce both positive & negative
hallucinations in a subject, and make them report/ feel something
entirely other than the *object* state of affairs.

>If a best possible world is one where all possible positive
>experiences occur and no negative experiences occur, then if you are now
>happy it seems that your current evidence is perfectly compatible with
>best-possible-worlds hypothesis. You can poke your finger with a needle,
>and for a while you'll know that the hypothesis is false, but the
>refutation doesn't stick. As soon as you are happy again, you can't be

We can set up anchors and reinforcements of desired states. Can also
use timeline or other regressions to check what happened previously (or
recreate previous state if you take that view).

Anyway, some people enjoy having their fingers poked with a
needle, and even pay for dominatrixes to whip them .......
Physician of Souls

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