Re: Virtual Worlds

Peter C. McCluskey (
Mon, 2 Sep 1996 17:36:35 -0700 ("David Musick") writes:
>Now, I can see a lot of people on this list recoiling from the idea that we
>are already living in a virtual world because this would open up the
>possiblilty that a lot of the Mystical, New-Age, Religious "bullshit" is
>correct. If we are living in a virtual world, then "miracles" would be very
>possible, like special effects in a movie. It would also open up the
>possibility that we DO have some kind of "spirit" or "soul", in relation to
>the lifetime we are experiencing (that is, that we have the major part of
>ourselves living somewhere else besides this lifetime).

How? I use the scientific method to evaluate these claims because the
scientific method has worked better than the alternatives. I can't see
anything in my analysis which depends on any assumptions about what
caused the visible universe to exist.

Peter McCluskey |                        | The theory gives the answers, | | not the theorist. - Allen Newell |     |