Bartlett: Even if you could make a perfect simulation of reality, it would have to be a smaller reality than what you’re simulating it with.
Would life, as a natural consequence, seem as disjointed and lacking in resolution as the events in the film?
At least the crackpot cosmologist is mostly scaring himself. The rest of us are wondering whether water bears could survive on the moon. That’s all the “space aliens” we can be sure of.
Walter Bradley Center fellows weigh in: The idea that we are a simulation by space aliens is a staple of science fiction, of course (think The Matrix, 1999). But some scientists take this simulation hypothesis seriously. Serious discussion started with a paper by philosopher Nick Bostrom in 2003, “Are you living in a computer simulation?” Read More…
Falk is careful to say, above, that experiments to test the idea have been proposed. Maybe we should all say nothing about the matter until they have been done and the results announced.
With respect to the simulation multiverse: Why could there not be countless, helplessly infinite, simulations of the simulations as well?
From science fiction writer Vox Day at Vox Popoli, responding to Fred Reed, Fred has landed on precisely the aspect of evolutionary theory that made me into a strong TE(p)NSBMGDaGF skeptic. What many people who have not thought seriously about the issue don’t realize is that biologists are literally so stupid, and so innumerate, and Read More…