Well I don't know about you, but I have spent the best part of my day picking up pieces of brain from my keyboard when I saw this thread come up.
The whole thing is just mind blowing.
Please bear with me, my thoughts are quite fragmented, but hopefully I will make some sense.
My first point is timing...It is interesting that the birth of this concept into the mainstream came about in the last ten or so years, thats not to
say it hasn't been around longer, but the fact that Bostrum's theory came about after the advent of the matrix, thirteenth floor kind of has me
wondering if there is a which came first the chicken or the egg scenario about this concept.
Second, are we the atheists amoungst us swapping one form of religion for another, when we think in terms of a simulated existence, in that we don't
accept there is a God, but we are willing to accept the possibility of a programmer.
My third comes from an ego-centric perspective, if we for a moment imagine this to be true, then is it not possible that instead of being intergrated,
that actually, this thread, all of you, my children, the President of the United Sates, Fleabag monkey face (kids cartoon...knew I'd fit him in a
thread one day) are all just a construct of my consiousness/subconciousness, facets of my simulated reailty, this would mean the same would be true in
turn for everyone else, billions of simulated universes, unique to everyone, perhaps everything.
Granted that was really out there, but I had to get it out, even if I am talking to myself lol.
From my personal perspective (don't ask me which one that is...I haven't a clue if the above holds any water), I'm not sure I can buy into the whole
simulated world scenario, I get the deja vu, I get the principle, for me what I don't get is my children.
If I am part of a computer simulation, then my children would have to be pre-determined ?
Or do we have a degree of control as to how the simulation plays out ?
I can accept being information projected from an event horizon, as theorised by Sussman (Holographic Principle), how the information came to be, well
perhaps that is the simulation server we are spawned (crude choice of words I know) from.
I'd like to think the server is organic, organsied natural occuring choas, rather than a cold calculated action by an entity/entities (programmer)
Great thread OP.
Please excuse me, got to run, I think I just found some of my frontal lobe wedged in the escape key !
edit on 11-12-2012 by solargeddon because: Grammar glitch in the matrix