Re: Fwd: effing the ineffable

From: Miriam English (
Date: Mon Jul 16 2001 - 06:30:16 MDT

At 10:52 AM 15/07/2001 -0700, Chris Hibbert wrote:
>...Nick implies that we might be better off not
>trying to develop too much computational power, since that might force
>our hosts to turn off the power.

Heheheh :-) The hosts may actually be looking for some cool organisms that
could carry on secondary simulations. They could even be running multiple
simulations and betting each other on which will achieve immortality for
its inhabitants. :-)

But, as you say, such wild speculations convey nothing except fun
storylines. They certainly don't help us in our moral decisions on how to
lead our lives.

>Better to believe that the universe is as it presents itself to us, and
>choose goals and approaches based on that evidence.

Hear hear!

>A creator that wanted us to do otherwise (or that put conscious entities
>in a situation where that was the best thing to do) is not worth bowing to.

Suspending rationality for a moment and supposing that this all was an
experiment run by some creature, I'm sure it would be incredibly insulted
by the common religious belief in it as a crazy arbitrary god.

But of course, far more likely is that the millions of people searching for
some kind of creationist explanation of the universe have found no hard
evidence simply because there is none.


         - Miriam

Q. What is the similarity between an elephant and a grape?
A. They are both purple... except for the elephant.
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