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  •  Not sure I'd call this solipsism... (1+ / 0-)
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    because the simulation idea would imply that even our own "minds" don't really exist.  Maybe it's more nihilistic?

    It is an interesting idea - I recall seeing a Morgan Freeman show on Science Channel that touched on it.  And it can't be a new idea - I remember saying "we all might just be brains in a frying pan hooked to a computer" when I was quite young, so I must have been exposed to the idea in the early 1970's.  It is a new development that the development of a virtual universe is feasible.

    •  True that it's new (0+ / 0-)

      I agree that it's new.  We haven't existed in a context that allows us to understand it in this way until recently.  

      When it is put in terms of odd, however, it seems like a betting person would not put money on God, but instead, if they were required to place a bet, they would probably be forced by the odds to bet on virtual reality matrix existence.  

      I think one of the most intersting points  in this discussion is that it really wouldn't matter all that much.  As long as there are no arbitrary changes in the fundamental structure, and as long as there are no startling revelations, things can continue just as they are.  

      Streichholzschächtelchen

      by otto on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:56:39 AM PDT

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