[ExI] Time travel in simulations

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Tue Aug 20 22:30:33 UTC 2019

This is surprising Bill.  I went to an Al Stewart concert at the Paul Mason winery above Saratoga.  He put on one hell of a show up there, connected with the audience, lots of interaction, had unscripted things happen such as Stewart made a mistake, Peter White looked over at him, both guys kept playing their guitars, Stewart said “Oh he’s right, Peter’s right” then they went into the next passage about as seamlessly as if they had planned it that way.  The audience loved it.  That was a great show.


Stewart is a wine collector.  There he was at the Paul Mason winery.  During his show he went on and on about this wine and that wine and what he was doing with his life.  That was about 20 yrs ago.




From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of William Flynn Wallace
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I went to an Al Stewart concert in Birmingham many years ago.  Had bought his record and really liked it.  He was a complete dud in concert.  Just him, no talk to the audience.  Might as well have stayed home and played the LP.  bill w


On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 11:41 AM <spike at rainier66.com <mailto:spike at rainier66.com> > wrote:



From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org <mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> > On Behalf Of William Flynn Wallace
Subject: Re: [ExI] Time travel in simulations





>…You guys are just too clever…


On the contrary, I am ready to argue that as a species we are not quite clever enough.  Very close, but just not quite.  Or not yet.


>…What I want to know:  how will we know?  Where would we look for evidence?  If the answers include bosons or black holes, just forget it.  Also- lacking any evidence, someone has come up with odds.  Just how can one calculate odds without data?  Or are they just having fun?  bill w


There are tantalizing clues.  That whole quantum theory business, that bit about a particle disappears here and reappears there at the quantum level, that to me has to be evidence (or if not evidence, then indication) that at the quantum level, we are looking at some kind of digital simulation.  


If the universe is a sim at the quantum level, then perhaps it is likewise way up to the atomic scale, perhaps that too is a sim dependent on values calculated at the smaller scale, and so on up to the cellular level, to our scale, to the entire visible universe, to everything, all a big sim.  Then you and I are avatars.  Or rather, you are.  I am the only one here.  Or we are the avatars, and you are the only one.


Check this:




Damn that’s a lonely line of reasoning.





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