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Would a simulated universe have an identity crisis?

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Adam Nieri asks this of a well-crafted short sci-fi film:

Simulation wants us to think about the nature of existence in relation to simulation theory. That is, what if all of reality as we know it is merely a computer simulation created by a highly advanced form of life (perhaps human beings in the future)? That is a view held by prominent people, including British astronomer Martin Rees, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and self-driving car entrepreneur Elon Musk. Would life, as a natural consequence, seem as disjointed and lacking in resolution as the events in the film?A

Adam Nieri, “Would a simulated universe even make sense?” at Mind Matters News

Other reviews by Adam Nieri:

Ad Astra: The Great Silence becomes personal. The film images the fate of those seek significance in the stars and may well wait indefinitely. In a world where the divine touch of extraterrestrial intelligence doesn’t elevate human existence to any level of significance, we are left with Ad Astra: a slow, methodical decay of human significance.

Another Life: All fun and games till an AI falls in love. Then it descends into a convoluted drift of uncertain storytelling. And the victim is not primarily the viewer, who has other options. The victim is the art itself.

Alita, Battle Angel: A Mind Matters Review: If you love anime and felt betrayed by the flop of Ghost, I would highly recommend Alita

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A Mind Matters Review: Love, death, & robots Despite the trash and ruined expectations, several shorts were enjoyable and downright fun to watch

2 Replies to “Would a simulated universe have an identity crisis?

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    Seversky says:

    If this universe is a simulation so faithful that it is indistinguishable from what is being simulated then what difference does it make to those who are part of the simulation, other than on a question of origins? If we say that the simulation is created by a being or beings who, in terms of their knowledge and powers, are indistinguishable from God are we saying anything useful?

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    ET says:

    Seversky:

    If this universe is a simulation so faithful that it is indistinguishable from what is being simulated then what difference does it make to those who are part of the simulation, other than on a question of origins?

    They are not real. Their actions have no consequences.

    If we say that the simulation is created by a being or beings who, in terms of their knowledge and powers, are indistinguishable from God are we saying anything useful?

    Yes. It is the same as saying Stonehenge was designed as opposed to arising from nature. It dictates how we investigate it.

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