Re: Tough questions

Rik van Riel (
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 16:48:04 +0200 (CEST)

On Mon, 6 Sep 1999, david gobel wrote:

> > Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:.. there's.. at least a 50% chance of this being...
> > a 100% probability. My intuitions, though, tell me that this Universe
> > is real down to the quark level, which I don't think would be necessary
> > if this were a simulation.

> I answered this question to my own satisfaction in 1994 when our first
> Worlds program actually worked...

> The answer is: a virtual world is an actual world under all conditions
> where the simulated cognitives are unaware that their world is a
> simulation.

To put it another way. Whether our universe is implemented using 'real' matter or a software emulation is irrelevant for the level of 'realness'.

If all of it turned out to be a software emulation, it would just mean reality was implemented in another way than we thought it was. The universe wouldn't become any less real.


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