[ExI] simulation as an improvement over reality

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri Dec 24 10:26:11 UTC 2010

On Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 4:55 AM, Adrian Tymes wrote:
> I don't see any basis for this speculation.  It has been well demonstrated
> that, in our present human lives, anyone who is bored but has a keen
> enough mind can always find new things to ponder, new topics to
> explore, new fields to study and learn.  History records that it has been
> this way since at least the days of the ancient Greeks, and the sum
> total knowledge available to mankind has only increased exponentially.
> One single being with a vastly accelerated lifespan might learn all that is
> presently known in a thousand lifetimes (though even that might not be
> enough) - but a community of them would likely come up with new things
> to keep pace with their lives, just as humans do today.

But not the same humans. Every generation the torch is passed on to
the next batch of 20 year olds to do all the exciting new stuff that
the over 40s can't be bothered with. (For many reasons).

I don't see how an entity that lives over 1000 years can be expected
to behave like a 25 year old puppy, leaping around excitedly at every
'new' (to them) thing encountered.

People don't stay the same as they age. And a 1000 year old definitely
won't think the same as a 25 year old.


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