Illusive Mind

The Unquestionable should be questioned

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

We're all in The Matrix


Nick Bostrom head of the philosophy department at Oxford and one of the funniest philosophers ever (second to Nietzsche that crazy kook!) wrote a paper a while ago called The Simulation Argument, arguing that it is more likely than not that we are in a matrix of some kind right now!

Have a read:

"This website features scholarly investigations into the idea that you might currently be literally living in a computer simulation, running on a computer built by some advanced civilization. Films like The Matrix and novels like Greg Egan's Permutation City have explored the idea that we might be living in virtual reality. But what evidence is there for or against this hypothesis? And what are its implications? The original paper featured here, "Are You Living in Computer Simulation?", presents a striking argument showing that we should take the simulation-hypothesis seriously indeed, and that if we deny it then we are committed to surprising predictions about the future possibilities for our species."



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