reply to post by RedDragon
I love your logic, but I don't agree that aliens have to appear as robots. In fact, they may have something even better than robots. Like a way to
move the mind without a material body.
Also take into account that aliens might "wear" biological bodies to interact with us.
Also consider that aliens might hold onto biological bodies out of respect for tradition and history. They may in fact have something better, but keep
the biological bodies as a token to the past.
And the whole idea that if aliens have populated our galaxy then they must be visible to us, doesn't float my boat. There's no guarantee that aliens
have to be immediately obvious to us.
But other than that, I agree that this could be some sort of simulation. However, it might not be the sort of simulation you're thinking of. Maybe
it's just a thought, for example? What do I mean by that? I mean that maybe we (and our universe) exist in the mind of a much vaster intelligence.
If large areas of our universe don't actually exist and are instead rough predictions of what should be there or just plain illusion then it makes the
simulation argument even more compelling. There're examples of this. I believe there's some evidence that our universe is ordered like the pixels on a
screen. There's also some evidence that our universe isn't discrete until it's observed. However, it's assumed to exist before we measure because...
once we measure it the math says that it must. This adds to the notion of local causality - of cause and effect. However, how can something pre-exist
in a non-discrete form? The math says it's there... And common sense says it's there... Fundamentally, Quantum Mechanics seems to say that reality is
reality because math and common sense says so. I mean, just think, everything around us has a discrete form that comes from.... a mixed form?
But I think your 1/infinity is a shaky contribution to your argument. We don't KNOW that this is the only reality. Similarly, we don't KNOW we can
simulate this reality. Also consider that to simulate this reality the user must also completely forget their REAL self and be fully submerged into
the virtual. Until you can give me an example of a simulated universe similar to this one that has all of its characteristics AND can rule out the
existence of other REAL universes, I will tell you that your 1/infinity is based on some assumptions and is little better than a religion.
But I'll admit that any take on this issue is just an opinion. We simply do not know enough about this universe or the potential of simulations to be
sure about anything relating to your argument.
edit on 30-10-2012 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)