Waxing Philosophic (in Off-topic)

AdminQBVerifex March 9 2011 3:40 PM EST

After reading through this article


I think this is pretty cool, but it says nothing about what we can do, as disembodied brains to escape from this ancestor simulation. More to the point, it doesn't seem to tackle the idea of why would this simulation would be needed or wanted in a technologically superior race.

But the premise is very sci-fi. :)

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] March 9 2011 3:47 PM EST

We like video games and movies right now. It could just be something like that. It just says that a tiny fraction needs to be devoted to this.

Demigod March 9 2011 3:58 PM EST

Notice how it skirts the issue of why people would be placed into false-realities. It's not exactly a profit machine. It also skips the issue of why the advanced civilization never developed ethics. But most of all, why can't this advanced civilization figure out how to provide utopian false-realities? I've had zero lap dances today, and I've been stuck in the office jockying phone calls and meeting with clients while paperwork stacks up. If this is a fantasy land, the scientist at the controls sucks at his job.

Rubberduck[T] [Hell Blenders] March 9 2011 4:16 PM EST

It means you suck at sim life demi ;)

Anyone watch Red dwarf?

DoS March 9 2011 4:20 PM EST

Hopefully our overlord clicks the get more resources button and not the Godzilla button x.x

I guess it is like saying that we are the characters in a Sim City game.

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] March 9 2011 4:22 PM EST

I think it would probably be more likely to be one of those science experiments where they leave everything alone after setting the parameters.

Rubberduck[T] [Hell Blenders] March 9 2011 4:32 PM EST

I don't think the why is relevant to the theory Fex. The idea is that if it can be done it will be done therefore it is statistically probable that we are in a sim, given there will be many more "sims" than "realities".

horseguy001 [Blender 2021] March 9 2011 4:51 PM EST

It's an interesting theory. Suppose it's true, then there is only a finite amount of time in which these simulations can operate.

The universe only has finite energy (or too much if you read into the "Big-Rip"), so this would only pass time until the eventual end of everything in this observable universe.

We just need a race so advanced it can prevent the end of the universe, then we are talking :D

VsCountStrum [Black Watch] March 9 2011 4:52 PM EST

I think why is relevant. People and nature do things for a reason. I could run a program on my computer to simulate a coin toss. However, why would I?

Are we entertainment for them?
Are we a power source?
Are we a method for them to determine where they cam from?

Running multiple ancestor simulations, even if it consumes very little resources would still have to have a reason why.
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