Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: John Clark (
Date: Sun Mar 18 2001 - 22:44:52 MST

Brent Allsop <> Wrote:

> All I'm saying is a representation or a model is not the same is the real thing

Is that real arithmetic or simulated arithmetic I'm doing, is that real music or
simulated music I'm listening to, it that your real E mail I just read or a simulated
E mail?

>someone could alter a clone person to use different qualia to represent
> reality. They could use various tastes to represent colors and visa versa.
>Such a clone could be just as intelligent, but surely his subjective experience
>would be drastically different.

Then behavior would be different too. If salt tasted like hot Tobasco sauce to me
I wouldn't put it on my popcorn. If beige looked like Polish hore house pink to me
I wouldn't paint my house beige unless I was In that line of work. Behavior is the
only tool we will ever have to probe the consciousness of other people.

> Today's science is entirely focused on cause and effect.

That's because the only alternative is to focus on randomness and that
doesn't seem very productive.

    John K Clark

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