reply to post by NJoyZ
I think one of the reasons an advanced technologically civilization would make such a simulation, would be for data mining purposes. All sorts of data
could be harvested from a simulated universe. Entertainment,medical/interpersonal relationship problem solving. Think of all the TV shows, Movies,
books and music that has been created so far. Plus all the strategies developed for military and business purposes, personnel life experiences and all
the horrific weapons we have created and have in the water works...
Civilizations can evolve in all kinds of different ways. Look at the Chinese: they built a fairly sophisticated society and had the most advanced
textile work in the world for a time. They thought nothing of the Europeans and felt that the British where inferior to them because of that. Well,
sadly for the Chinese, Europe went a different way technologically and what it lacked in textile workmanship,banking and other skills/culture, it made
up for it in gunsmithing.
Imagine a society that developed high levels of medical and computer(textile) technology because it never really fought a war and evolved more
peacefully. Now imagine said civilization was facing a military threat from a neighbor, looming Civil War or even an invading alien civilization. I am
sure they could give a crack at building some sophisticated weapons with the technology they have, but they lack the proper mindset and culture to
build effective weapon systems. Not to mention the lack of time to fully test weapon systems.
An artificial universe would be their main answer(if they where advanced enough). They could see the evolution of weapons in a more war-like Universe
from the beginning, and as the simulation progressed they could learn battle tactics and pick-up skills for combat. When the simulation became
relevant, or technology became relevant for use, they could copy it in total ease. Knowing the full range of weapon capabilities, limitations,
measures and counter-measures.
Conversely, imagine a civilization that was weapons/computer heavy but lacked medical knowledge and entertainment. A simulated Universe would prove to
be an intellectual goldmine. Have a medical problem, download it into the simulation. Entertainment? The on-goings of the simulation or the
culture(movies, literature and games) of the simulated Universe would prove to be the gift that keeps on giving.
Or imagine a civilization that was computer heavy but lacked everything else. It isn't hard to imagine such a civilization as the first mechanical
computers where built in Ancient Greece. Imagine a situation where a Mystery Cult, a Priesthood, or a school of private knowledge(like the ancient
math cults) spend hundreds upon hundreds of years developing computer knowledge, while the outside world was more or less unchanged.
They could use a simulated universe to learn new things that they themselves couldn't figure out or don't want to spend the time to figure out. Kind
of similar to the concept of using an advanced enough computer to program other computers.
Look at all the things that our tenacious ancestors did that we still can't figure out how they did it. If a group really set their minds to building
a "well-spring of knowledge", which is what a simulated Universe could be, given enough time they could figure it out. Heck, one could say that things
like the Holy Grail or Celtic myths of bowls or cauldrons that produce and infinite amount of something, are metaphors for a simulated universe.
edit on 23-12-2012 by korathin because: edited for non words placed wrong due to being up too late.
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korathin because: same as last fix