Philosophy 1 — simulation argument

Nick Bostrom’s simulation argument goes: if it’s possible to simulate humans experiencing life as we know it, we’re likely to run a large number of simulations. If the number of humans existing in these simulations is larger than the number of humans who have existed in our history, then a random human being is most likely simulated. Right.

If you are simulated, what kind of life should you lead? Supposing the simulators are like the people they’re simulating, they’d be interested in lives that you and I find interesting. And suppose that if they don’t find a simulation interesting, they’d be more likely to shut it down. So, uh, if you wish to live, live an interesting life. And hope that your simulators are into happily-ever-after -kind of stories.

An alternative is that this is just one iteration of a Monte Carlo simulation and what you do or don’t do is only interesting in the sense that it may trigger an early exit clause in the search. So, try not to trigger any early exit clauses! Whatever they may be!

And with that, live free! Under the watchful eye.

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