Re: When something impossible happens

From: Robin Lee Powell (
Date: Tue Jan 22 2008 - 15:16:16 MST

On Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 04:59:08PM -0500, Randall Randall wrote:
> 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.

Yep. Not seeing a problem here. Certainly if I lived in a
civilization without such rules and I found you were doing such
things with your private computing, I'd hunt you down and kill you,
regardless of the consequences to myself. It's a clear cut issue of
basic morality to me.


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