Re: When something impossible happens

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Tue Jan 22 2008 - 14:59:08 MST

On Jan 22, 2008, at 3:40 PM, Robin Lee Powell wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 03:23:18PM -0500, Murphy, Tommy wrote:
>> To my understanding the odds of this being a simulation are
>> overwhelmingly high, so I'd be fascinated to see you expand on
>> this.

> Only if you accept certain assumptions that I, for one, do not. In
> particular, you have to accept that future civilizations will run
> ancestor simulations. I find it ridiculous that a civilization that
> advanced would allow simulation of the kind of suffering that goes
> on here on earth every day. In fact, I'd expect that any reasonable
> culture would have something equivalent to the death penalty for
> such actions.

The idea that in a future civilization something
done entirely with private computing could be
disallowed implies a crippling lack freedom for
individuals in said civilization.

Randall Randall <>
"If I can do it in Alabama, then I'm fairly certain you
  can get away with it anywhere." -- Dresden Codak

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