Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy's Couch

Imagine that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims.

If you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom's, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else's computer simulation.

This simulation would be similar to the one in "The Matrix," in which most humans don't realize that their lives and their world are just illusions created in their brains while their bodies are suspended in vats of liquid. But in Dr. Bostrom's notion of reality, you wouldn't even have a body made of flesh. Your brain would exist only as a network of computer circuits.

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Cpt Qwark4059d ago

ive actually thought of this before...great now im a fu**king video game character.

eXplotion4059d ago

i just hope im in a ps3 game or im gettin RROD on a 360

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MastaGT4059d ago

Sounds like someone needs their coffee, get some sleep professor lol :P

TnS4059d ago

Not like a troll! :)

ShiftyLookingCow4059d ago (Edited 4059d ago )

So what about the problem of evil? A design flaw. I swear I would strangle this guy if I could.

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MyNutsYourChin4059d ago (Edited 4059d ago )

Good and evil are facets of human consciousness and largely based on interpretation. In other words, they are creations of the mind driven by our emotional responses to our environments and subject to interpretation. Without a mind, one would not have knowledge of either.

But in effect, yes, good and evil are design flaws if you take emotions as a human defect since it tends to hinder clear and logical judgment.

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