Thursday, June 2, 2011

A New Spin on the Simulation Argument

I had a conversation with someone this morning about one way you could tell whether you're in a simulation. If you look close enough at an object, possibly you'll see the resolution break down at fine scales, revealing that you are in a simulation. I used the very low-tech method of looking closely at two other people's irises, as well as the edge of a safety seal on a food container. No doubt CGI artists would have told me to look at hair as well. Finding no resolution breakdown, I concluded that I was not in a simulation.

Right now you may be thinking that this is an incoherent way of investigating and arguing this point, but forgive me. The funny part about is that I was dreaming all this, so that I absolutely was in a simulation! When I woke up I started laughing out loud at the irony.

Point: Bostrom, and maybe Chuang Tzu.

[This turned into an interesting discussion on my Facebook page.]

Above: What your blogger looks like when he's awake.

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