[extropy-chat] Be[ing] or Not Be[ing]

Robert J. Bradbury bradbury at aeiveos.com
Wed Apr 14 10:45:38 UTC 2004

On Tue, 13 Apr 2004, Johnius wrote:

> 	One episode seemed to have 12-15 different 'scientists',
> 	all of whom were doing everything in their power to refute
> 	non-theistic science. [snip]

One way to deal with this is to pose the question "What if we
are in a simulation?"  The Matrix series makes it much easier
to pose this and papers & comments by Nick Bostrom and Robert
Freitas provide reasonable academic background that may support
that concept.  If we *are* in a simulation you can force the
theists back into the position that "yes" we are in a
manufactured universe -- but it is one created as either
a scientific experiment or a playtoy.  Probably will not
make most people operating on pure "faith" very happy.


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