Re: Emulation vs. Simulation

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 16:52:08 MST

On Wed, 28 Mar 2001, Emlyn wrote:

> Does this line of reasoning strike anyone else as problematic?

ROTFL... Anytime you can take something that is presumably
nonmeaningful and elevate it to the level of 'meaningfullness' its
problematic. I also think it violates the laws of thermodynamics
unless the energy applied to the act of creating meaningfullness
is commensurate with the amount of information created.

Switch scenes to Tom Hanks in Castaway: "I am a god! I have
created fire!"

Switch scenes to Robert Bradbury at Extro 5: "I am a god! My
podium is 'conscious'!" (The only advantage to this approach
is that it would save Eli a hell of a lot of work.)

The next time I have pudding for desert and I imagine it to be
really conscious, I'm really going to give up this whole philosophical
discussion as not being worth the bits devoted to it...


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