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The Simulation Argument

On March 13, 2003, in Obscurity, by Administrator
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In 1994, I wrote a paper that looked at issues relating to virtual reality and philosophy. One of my main arguments was that true pervasive virtual reality, where the user couldn’t distinguish or remember the real world, was closely aligned to concepts of Hinduism. Since then, we had several movies on the topic, including the Matrix and the 13th floor and now there is an academic web site dedicated to the issue. The web site intro says:

“This website features scholarly investigations into the idea that you might currently be literally living in a computer simulation on a computer built by some advanced civilization. Films like The Matrix and novels like Greg Egan’s Permutation City have explored the idea that we might be living in virtual reality. But what evidence is there for or against this hypothesis? And what are its implications?”Visit the site

 

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