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reply to post by BlueMule
Is GOD directing everything on earth?
Do you direct every thought, process, and impulse in your mind and body?
reply to post by radkrish
Of course they would create simulations. Why do you think we create simulations today? Science uses them as a tool for research and millions of people play simulated games where they can build cities and do mundane things like watch simulations drive to a job interview.
There will be ancestor simulations and simulations very different than ours for scientific research and for entertainment.
sim·u·la·tion [sim-yuh-ley-shuhn] Show IPA
imitation or enactment, as of something anticipated or in testing.
the act or process of pretending; feigning.
an assumption or imitation of a particular appearance or form; counterfeit; sham.
Psychiatry. a conscious attempt to feign some mental or physical disorder to escape punishment or to gain a desired objective.
the representation of the behavior or characteristics of one system through the use of another system, especially a computer program designed for the purpose.
reply to post by litterbaux
I think we are each living in our own simulation. I think we overlap each other. I have extraordinary luck, which often leads me to believe my life is programmed with specific outcomes in mind.
This also leads me to believe that "God" is a sadist though because of the extraordinary amount of suffering I go through.
I question the ultimate purpose of the simulation. That is the biggest question we face and when we answer it we will know all.
A previous poster made an excellent point. Every piece of input our body receives is processed through the brain. We have to be told we've burned our hand or that we see a rose. We don't just feel it or see it. It has to go through an intermediary, the mainframe (or network), before we're aware of it.
Is this not akin to a computer program? Before a computer can execute a command it must reference the hard drive, or some other input. There is a call for information or action, then the brain directs the body to perform the action or perceive the input.
Nothing happens without a call to the brain except those processes, respiration, etc., which run in the background, which points to us being networked.
The brain does not do anything anymore.
Sure you can create a simulation.
However the world around us involve a huge number of people, machines and other parameters. Creating such a big simulation is a stupendous effort. It is unlikely.